What is hot honey?
Hot honey is a type of honey that has been infused with chili peppers. This gives the honey a slightly spicy flavor and makes it ideal for use in cooking or as a condiment or sauce.
What does hot honey taste like?
Simply put, it tastes like spicy honey. The heat comes from the addition of chili peppers to the honey, which gives it a slightly spicy kick. The level of spiciness and nuances of the flavor can vary depending on the brand and the different variations of hot honey they have to offer.
What are the health benefits of hot honey?
Hot honey has a number of potential health benefits. These include:
- Soothing a sore throat: The capsaicin in chili peppers has antimicrobial properties, which may help to fight off infection and soothe a sore throat.
- Reducing inflammation: Capsaicin is also a potent anti-inflammatory agent. This means that it can help to reduce swelling and inflammation.
- Easing congestion: The capsaicin in chili peppers may also help to clear congestion by thinning mucus and opening up the airways.
- Boosting immunity: It may help to boost the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells.
- Aiding digestion: The capsaicin in chili peppers can also help to stimulate digestive activity and promote a healthy appetite.
- Reducing pain: Capsaicin has pain-relieving properties, which means that spicy honey may be effective in reducing pain from conditions like arthritis.
- Enhancing mood: The capsaicin in chili peppers can also boost endorphins, which are hormones that have mood-enhancing effects.
- Promoting weight loss: Some research suggests that the capsaicin in chili peppers may help to promote weight loss by increasing metabolism and reducing appetite.
What can I put hot honey on?
Hot honey is often used as a condiment or dipping sauce, adding a bit of sweetness and heat to dishes. However, unlike most condiments and sauces that only taste good on either sweet or savory foods, spicy honey can actually be enjoyed on both sweet and savory foods. It can also be used as an ingredient in cocktails and other drinks. This makes it extremely versatile and worth trying on most dishes and snacks. Some of the most popular foods to put it on are:
- gourmet cheeses
- dinner rolls / toast / crackers
- grilled or fried chicken / chicken wings
- roasted vegetables (brussels sprouts, corn on the cob, carrots, etc.)
- PB&J or grilled cheese sandwiches
- ice cream / sundaes / frozen yogurt
- Greek yogurt
- smoothie bowls
What are some brands that sell it?
There are a number of brands that make quality hot honey. They include:
Where can I get it?
You can get hot honey at your local supermarket or grocery store. You can also find it easily online at these online retailers:
How can I make hot honey?
If you would prefer to make your own spicy honey at home, you can follow this simple recipe.
- 1/2 cup honey (your favorite brand)
- 3 teaspoons red pepper flakes (adjust to desired spice level)
- hot sauce - your favorite brand (optional)
- Place a small saucepan on medium heat and add the honey and red pepper flakes. Heat 3-5 minutes.
- Reduce heat and add your desired amount of hot sauce and stir until fully incorporated.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!
Store in a bottle or jar at room temperature.
Kristina Reynolds is the Founder & CEO of Glutto and an alumna of the University of California, San Diego. She writes articles & posts for Glutto Digest with insights from fellow industry experts. Furthermore, she is the author of The Fittest Food Lovers: How EVERY BODY Can be Incredibly Fit and Still Enjoy Food, a collaborative philanthropic book with proceeds going to charities that fight world hunger.