Snacks with Honey  Category


Honey Roasted Caramel Apple Spiced Peanuts

The Peanut Shop’s Honey Roasted Caramel Apple Spiced Peanuts are roasted with honey and coated in apple pie spices!

The Toana, Va.-based company also uses honey in its sweet and salty Honey Roasted Sea Salted Caramel Peanuts. After slow roasting with honey, these peanuts are coated with silky caramel and coarse sea salt for a delightful flavor combination.

The Peanut Shop began as a small shop in Colonial Williamsburg. The founders sought to deliver a distinctive recipe to their customers by carefully selecting and hand-roasting only the best quality plump, crisp Virginia Peanuts. Nearly 40 years later, The Peanut shop continues to honor that traditional recipe.

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Move over potato chips and pretzels, consumers are craving more meatier snack options.

Chart Stoppers: Where’s the Beef? In Consumers’ Shopping Carts

The dried meat snacks and jerky categories are both booming, recording double-digit dollar sales increase for 2014. Combined, the two categories account for over $1 billion in sales.

Traditional players and innovative newcomers, such as Sonoma, Calif.-based Krave Jerky, are looking to carve a slice out of the meat snack market. Krave’s Sweet Chipotle Beef Jerky uses honey to balance and bring together the product’s natural smokiness flavor and moderate heat.

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One of the most unique things about honey is the amount of varietals there are.

In the United States alone, there are more than 300 varieties of honey, all with unique flavor profiles, derived from floral sources such as alfalfa, wildflower, buckwheat and tupelo.

Honey gets its start as flower nectar, which is collected by bees, naturally broken down into simple sugars and stored in honeycombs. The unique design of the honeycomb, coupled with constant fanning by the bees’ wings, causes evaporation to take place, creating the thick, sweet liquid we know as honey. The color and flavor of honey varies from hive to hive based on the type of flower nectar collected by the bees.

For example, if bees forage in fields of clover, the end result is clover honey. But if they forage next to orange groves, then orange blossom honey will be produced. This variety gives food and beverage makers the ability to develop products with specific flavor profiles, ranging from semi-sweet to robust.

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