January, 2013


Spring is right around the corner, and with that brings buds on trees, fresh grass and dandelions popping up in yards. Before you have the urge to mow down the yellow “weeds,” remember that they too are flowering plants with a purpose. In fact, Sensient Flavors, an Indianapolis-based flavor company, has named dandelion honey as a flavor trend for 2013.

According to SnackandBakery.com, the trend list was developed using Sensient’s “Trends to Taste” program, which is a predictive process that filters broad trends down to finished concepts. Dandelion’s nectar makes a varietal honey with mild sweetness and slight astringency.

The Flavor Trend Prediction list also includes blue honeysuckle berry. Trending flavors are inspired by comfort, connections, sensory, health and wellness.

For the full list of 2013 flavor trends, click here.

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Honey is naturally free of gluten, containing no wheat, barley, rye or oats or their by-products. In gluten-free recipes, where texture and flavor often suffer, honey offers bakers distinct flavor, color and textural enhancement by retaining moisture.

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Annie’s Homegrown Organic PB&J Chewy and Crispy Granola Bars are peanut butter and jelly flavored granola bars formulated with no artificial ingredients, preservatives or high-fructose corn syrup. The USDA organic certified product contains eight grams of whole grains per serving and is made with certified organic toasted oats and brown rice. Other ingredients include honey, organic dried cranberries, organic palm oil and natural strawberry flavors.

Annie Withey co-founded Annie’s Homegrown with Andrew Martin in 1989. At first the company sold natural macaroni and cheese dinners to regional supermarkets and independent natural retailers in New England. Now, 20 years later, the company has grown and supports the Honeybee Research Program at the University of California. It also encourages others to buy organic products and supports local farmers whenever possible.

Do you make snack foods made with honey? Get them listed here by emailing info@bakingwithhoney.com.

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