January, 2015

Honey BBQ Boosts National Corn Chip Day Thursday, January 29th, 2015


Did you know that Frito-Lay invented the first corn chip?

The story, according to the company’s website, details how C.E. “Elmer” Doolin was frustrated that tortilla chips did not stay fresh long enough at his store.

One day in 1932, he met a man selling fried corn chips. After he pawned his mother’s wedding ring, he paid the man $100 for his recipe. The family experimented with the recipe until they came up with the perfect concoction and began selling them out of Doolin’s car.

The Frito Corn chip has evolved into many flavors, one being Honey BBQ Twists. The Honey BBQ flavor combines with the corn and the salt of the corn chip to create a flavor that’s hard to put down.

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General Mills is sweet on honey in 2015 Tuesday, January 27th, 2015


General Mills is sweet on honey in 2015

This month, General Mills started unveiling many of its more than 50 new products for its 2015 lineup. The Minneapolis-based company’s new products focused on a variety of emerging food trends.

With more consumers placing value on better-for-you options, gluten-free offerings and high protein foods, General Mills took these demands and created flavorful, innovative products with simple ingredients. “I’m very excited about the quality of our new products. We’ve deeply engaged with our consumers and we’re creating foods that meet their needs,” says General Mills’ Jeff Harmening, executive vice president and chief operating officer, U.S. Retail.

Honey is featured in many of General Mills’ 2015 products, and here are a few of them.

Gluten Free Chex™ Granola Mix in Honey Nut

This light, crunchy granola mix features the well-known cereal Chex and combines it with almonds and honey nut clusters. On top of being gluten-free, this sweet granola mix is made with no artificial flavors and no high fructose corn syrup.

Yoplait Greek 100 Yogurt

Yoplait Greek 100 added four new flavors to its already popular line for 2015, one of which is simply honey. The rich, creamy honey yogurt is great plain or mixed with fruit, nuts and granola.

LÄRABAR über® Dark Chocolate Raspberry Crunchy Nut Bar

LÄRABAR’s newest flavor takes almonds, cashews, dark chocolate and raspberries, then sweetens them with honey. Many of the snack bars in the über line feature honey as an all-natural sweetener.

Cascadian Farm Granola in Peanut Butter Bliss

With loads of whole grain oats sweetened by organic honey, this peanut butter granola is high in protein and offers 6g per serving.

Nature Valley Protein Oatmeal in Mixed Berry Crunch

Packing a protein punch at 10g per cup, Nature Valley Protein Oatmeal comes in a microwaveable cup featuring whole grain oats and real fruit pieces with a crunchy granola topping.

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Culinary trends that have us buzzing Thursday, January 22nd, 2015


Culinary trends that have us buzzing

With honey being named 2015’s flavor of the year, it’s important to take a peek at other culinary trends that complement honey’s sweetness.

Because honey is such a versatile ingredient, many trends in various categories can be improved with the addition of honey. In 2015, many consumers are looking for ways to manage and improve their health, without sacrificing taste. These trends make it easy for consumers to make better food choices that are still flavorful. Here are some key trends in 2015 and some delicious Made with Honey products that capitalize on each trend.

1. Natural is key

The word “all natural” is a major force behind consumers who want to eat better-for-you products. Made by bees and untouched by any additional ingredients, it doesn’t get much more natural than honey!


This 100% all-natural mustard is comprised of smoked chipotle puree, honey, grainy mustard and a squeeze of fresh lime. The spread is perfect to enjoy with other natural whole foods and snacks like avocado or as a marinade on beef or chicken.

2. High protein

Protein is yet another highly sought after trend to assist consumers in making better food choices. Dairy products and snack bars dominate this trend not only because many are packed with protein, but because they are also easy and convenient on-the-go choices. Many dairy products and protein bars make use of honey as a natural sweetener and flavor masker to boost typically bland protein flavors.


As the official energy bar of the Ironman Triathlon Series, Bonk Breaker Almond and Honey Energy Bars are sweetened with honey and boast 8g of protein in each bar. The bars are also gluten-, dairy- and soy-free.


Sweetened with honey and packed with a walloping 26g of protein, Core Power’s Honey 26g is great for consumers and athletes looking for a boost of energy.

3. Sweetener swap

Many shoppers are opting out of buying products with added sugars. Honey plays the perfect role as an all-natural sweetener, and because honey boasts many different varieties and flavors, it’s used in a wide array of foods.


This premium beverage is enriched with key vitamins and nutrients and is naturally flavored and sweetened with clover honey. All In Beverages, creator of A-GAME, focuses on addressing concerns including energy, nutrition and hydration.


Made completely out of honey, these hard candy spoons can be enjoyed on their own or in a hot cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or apple cider. The spoons come in a variety of flavors all made with honey including lavender honey and honey with lemon.

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