When I think of honey, I think of a sweet substance with its own inimitable flavor. Of course there are grades of honey, from the stuff you get at any old grocery store that tastes like it was strip mined by mildly dissatisfied worker bees, to locally and lovingly cultivated honey made by the happiest of bumblers. One thing you don’t generally associate with honey, though, is hot peppers.
But I’m here to tell you that it is delicious!
Two weekends ago at Shwick, the great new artisan, vintage and food market in Bushwick, I met Casey from Mixed Made, creators of Bees Knees Spicy Honey. I tasted a small sample of the honey. The heat was surprisingly balanced as it spread across my palate, spicy but not sharp, and quite pleasant as a tasting experience. Casey and his business partner Morgen work with carefully selected beekeepers in the Hudson Valley, and they have discovered the perfect combination of peppers to make their super premium spicy honey in Brooklyn.
I had to take home a bottle, and so far I’ve had it on toast for breakfast, and also on peanut butter and honey sandwiches, where it adds a kick to one of my favorite comfort snacks. I have plans to try it on more things, like sweet potatoes or slow cooked chicken. And maybe I’ll see if James will try this hot toddy recipe when we get some snow outside.
Meet Mixed Made at Shwick and find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I’m sure you’ll figure out a million new things to eat with their spicy honey because you can’t help but crave it on everything.
~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City
Bees Knees Spicy Honey at Shwick Market