Kamis, 02 Oktober 2014

Could spicy honey be the next sriracha? FEMAIL taste tests the chili-infused ... - Daily Mail

Move over sriracha, there's a new sweet and spicy condiment in town - and it's seriously delicious.

Chili-infused honey has been fast gaining widespread popularity since it emerged in Brooklyn, New York, with two very similar brands at the forefront of the movement; Bees Knees and Mike's Hot Honey.

Spicy honey can be paired with a wide variety of foods, both sweet and savory, and goes particularly well on pizza, with cheese, on toast, in cocktails, on baked vegetables and even on ice cream - not something that can be said for Ketchup, mustard or sriracha.

Could it really bee? Chili-infused honey might just be a serious hot contender in the condiments market, for its versatile nature and unique sweet-and-spicy appeal

Could it really bee? Chili-infused honey might just be a serious hot contender in the condiments market, for its versatile nature and unique sweet-and-spicy appeal

FEMAIL put Bees Knees - priced at $14 for an eight-ounce bottle - to the taste test, and those of us who could handle the heat swiftly fell in love.

We drizzled it on salad, munched it off crackers and will most definitely be adding it to our hot toddies at home-time now that flu season is approaching.

A word of warning though - Bees Knees, which comes with a real chili suspended in the bottle, it is very, very spicy indeed.

The product is already available at stores in Iowa, Nashville, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles; and in a testament to its rising success, will soon hit the shelves at Whole Foods.

Before the launch of Bees Knees, which was created by two Brooklyn entrepreneurs, came Mike's Hot Honey; formulated by restaurant worker Mike Kurtz, 32, based in Queens, New York.

Mr Kurtz first noticed pizzerias serving honey mixed with chunks of chili in Brazil, where he lived as a student. When he returned to the U.S., he took to making the condiment for his own enjoyment for eight years before he took it a Brooklyn-based restaurant, Paulie Gee's.

His own-brand spicy honey went down a storm, and Mike now sells his product - priced at $10 for a 12-ounce bottle - in bulk to restaurants, online, at Whole Foods, and other stores around the U.S.



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