Whether for drizzling on French toast, mixing into salad dressings, or atop vanilla yogurt in fruit parfaits, which golden sweetner is all the buzz?
By: John Bruno Turiano
Photo by Jacklyn McKay
Chef Eleanor O’Connell of The Cupcake Kitchen and Luncheonette (100 Main St, Irvington 914-231-6261) knows her honey. She has to—it’s an ingredient she uses time and time again for her creations. “A good honey should ribbon nicely as you pour it,” she says. “Plus, it can’t be overly sweet or overpowered with lavender or some other flavor.” O’Connell blind-tasted seven honeys to find the best.
Fairway’s Clover Honey (20 oz, $6.99) “I would use this in my tea at home. Nice aroma and neutral-sweet tasting.”
Trader Joe’s Honey with Comb (16 oz, $3.99) “Nice viscosity but generic in taste and chemically flavored.”
Whole Foods Market’s 365 Organic Wildflower Honey (12 oz, $3.99) “Has a loose ribbon and a pleasant aroma. There’s a note of lavender or thyme. This would be good on plain yogurt.”
Golden Blossom Honey (12 oz, $4.49) “Very thick and ribbons nicely. Sweetness level is pleasant. I’d use this for cooking as opposed to a topping.”
Teatown Lake’s HV Beekeeper Wildflower Honey (16 oz, $8.50) “Looks significantly darker in color. Thinner viscosity. At first I wasn’t sure I liked it but it grew on me with each taste. There’s a hint of rose petal or some flower. This would be great on plain pound cake.”
Billy Bee’s Pure Canadian Clover Honey (12 oz, $4.49) “Weak coloring. Unpleasant aroma and taste. Too-thin viscosity.”
Tom’s Killer Bee Honey (16 oz, $10) “Darkest in color. Nice fragrance and sweetness. There was a trace flavor that made me think of chocolate.”