Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Honey Crystals

I read somewhere, that if you added honey to your tea in Britain, you’d be laughed out of the tea shop.  As for me, I prefer sweetening my tea with honey, rather than sugar.  This is something I do only occasionally as a treat, like indulging in a good piece of chocolate.  Mind you, I did indulge in the chocolates a little too often over the Christmas holidays. 

Many of you have probably tried tea with honey and lemon while combating a head cold.  I’m on my second bout this year.

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There are more than 300 types of honey available in the United States.  Each type is from a different floral source and can be nearly colorless to dark brown in color.  I like a mild flavored honey like alfalfa or clover that doesn’t compete with the tea.

Recently I saw a honey product that I’d like to try – natural organic honey crystals.  This seems like it would be an easy to store and mess free type of honey.  No more sticky spoons, counters and jars. 

natural honey crystals

The honey crystals are also good for baking.  They are hygroscopic, meaning it attracts moisture, rather than drying out.  This works well for substituting part or all of the sugar in a recipe, without adjusting the liquids.

I saw this product on Amazon at what seems like a reasonable price.  An 8 ounce bag is $2.40 or the economy size (33 ounce/6 cups) for $10.95. 

If anyone has tried honey crystals, I’d love to hear how you used this product and how you like it.

9 comments:

Marilyn said...

Have not tried it, but then I don't sweeten my tea. Sounds like a good alternative to those that like sweet tea.

Southern Touch Catering said...

I've never tried the honey crystal, though I have heard of them. I use honey in tea all the time, especially when drinking green teas. I love honey & think it's pretty in jars. So, although I think the crystals hve their place, I love the look of the liquid.

Jake said...

I've tried it and I constantly use it. It has the same kick as running honey, but without all those nasty stains on your table cloth. It also works as a small conversation piece while having afternoon tea with not so familiar people.

Bellen said...

Used the honey crystals at work to eliminate the liquid honey mess. They sweetened as well as liquid honey too.

Angela McRae said...

I got a few tiny sample packets of honey crystals at a trade show last year and used them to sweeten my tea, but I didn't really notice much difference between them and a packet of sugar. What I DID notice is that they were rather expensive, so the ones you found sound like a really good buy. And I love your teacup in this photo! Such soft colors ... love it!

Duchess of Tea said...

Darling I have never even heard if honey crystals, this is a first for me. As for me, I don't sweeten my tea, I just add a tiny amount of milk. Like you I only use honey when I am down with the flu and that I only use honey no lemon. As for the brits laughing at someone adding honey to their tea...rubbish, honey is used often. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for yet another informative post.

Love & Hugs
Duchess

Susan said...

I know what you mean about sticky
honey jars ! Love honey, hate the sticky !

Linda J. said...

I will look for this product. It will certainly make for interesting conversation at the tea table. I don't sweeten my tea, but many of my friends do. Your teacup and saucer are very pretty.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I haven't heard of the honey crystals. Interesting! Thanks for telling us about it. I use Stevia to sweeten my hot and cold tea.

Katherine

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