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How is comb honey eaten/served?

stratford Jan 23, 2009 05:28 PM

I have never seen comb honey served in any restaurant, so I'm curious how it is supposed to be served and eaten. Is it an appetizer, meant to be eaten with knife and fork? Is a chunk of it supposed to sit in your hot tea? I have no idea or frame of reference, please help.

  1. LizQuincy Mar 15, 2012 06:12 AM

    My question is how do you use it in something like tea? You stir it up but then are left with the wax chunks floating around. And I'm assuming there's no honey left in the chunks afterward-- the hot tea has probably dissolved it all away. I'm not opposed (I don't think) to chewing on a whole piece as a snack (I might try this in a minute here), but as far as the wax floating in my tea, I'm not too into it. I guess a strainer would work?

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    1. re: LizQuincy
      Samalicious Mar 15, 2012 01:46 PM

      As others have mentioned, I wouldn't use it in tea. Wax + hot liquid = melted wax.

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      jules_frm_ne Feb 28, 2010 08:53 PM

      Comb honey in the US is produced on a special starter layer of thin pure bees wax. The bees build a comb on this layer that they then fill it with the nectar that ripens into honey and cap with a layer of wax. If the bee keeper has denied the queen access to this section of the hive there will be no baby bees in it. You can eat chunks of comb on bread or toast it doesn't cause digestion issues if you eat it

      1. jayt90 Jun 16, 2009 03:50 PM

        It is much too dark for my tastes. I prefer the delicate water whites from basswood or white dutch clover. Like a fine Mosel.

        1. HillJ Jun 16, 2009 06:48 AM


          yummy honey comb via bionic bites.

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          1. re: HillJ
            Caralien Jun 16, 2009 12:08 PM

            great link--I loved the mini Korean platters!

            I tried honeycomb with taleggio; not a good combination. Note to self: taleggio, good. Honey or Champagne with taleggio, bad.

            1. re: Caralien
              HillJ Jun 16, 2009 12:14 PM

              That particular honey comb is one of the most honey rich combs I've enjoyed. Far too many combs are devoid of honey or starch out quickly. That photo is so inviting!

            2. re: HillJ
              stratford Jun 16, 2009 06:20 PM

              Thanks for the link, the pic of the comb on cracker with cheese was beautiful and inspired me to put a slice of comb on a cracker with some parmesan. Great combo!

              1. re: stratford
                HillJ Jun 17, 2009 04:18 AM

                My pleasure!

              2. re: HillJ
                BionicGrrrl Jun 17, 2009 05:36 PM

                Thanks for the link love HillJ! I have a tiny square of comb honey left. I think I'll be eating it straight, chewing it really really slow.

                1. re: BionicGrrrl
                  HillJ Jun 17, 2009 07:39 PM

                  Best way to enjoy honey comb is slowly, BGrrrl!

              3. alkapal Jun 14, 2009 04:17 PM

                you bee lovers, you were talking about beanies, but how about t-shirts to signal your love of honey? http://www.daisyowl.com/store/beeshir...

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                1. re: alkapal
                  jayt90 Jun 14, 2009 04:21 PM

                  Are bees still thriving? A year ago it was doomsday.

                  1. re: jayt90
                    alkapal Jun 14, 2009 07:11 PM

                    i hear the bees are back. it was on another thread.

                    1. re: alkapal
                      Caralien Jun 14, 2009 07:37 PM

                      population plunging:

                      population growth:

                      cure for colony collapse discovered?

                      1. re: Caralien
                        alkapal Jun 14, 2009 07:47 PM

                        i'm not following the bee issue in detail, but this post from sal vanilla on a thread about the bees is the positive report to which i referred above in my post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5208...

                  2. re: alkapal
                    c oliver Jun 14, 2009 07:39 PM

                    Isn't that wonderful??? I'd just been thinking about honeycomb . I think the *season* is approaching. Gotta check out some farmers markets.

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                      c oliver Jun 16, 2009 08:16 AM

                      Just arrived in NYC for a long visit. Went to Fairway yesterday and got a little box of honeycomb. Part of our lunch today will be honeycomb and gorgonzola dolce (from DiPalo's) on a baguette along with some hunter's sausage also from DP. Oh, did I mention wine??? We ARE on vacation, ya know!

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                        Fritter Jun 17, 2009 07:04 AM

                        How did you find the comb there? Was it spreadable or waxy? I have to wonder if there are several factors at play with the waxy Vs Spreadable issue.
                        One, personal taste which can clearly cover a lot of ground.
                        However I am wondering if because you are getting honey from a specific vendor if the type of bees in that area or the climate have an impact on the comb. I also wonder if freshness comes to play. After all we all know honey can crystallize if stored to long.
                        Ambient temperature and humidity where the comb was harvested and how it was stored might have an impact on "waxyness" Vs spreadability.
                        There are many types of honey and I also have to wonder if that also contributes to the texture of the comb.
                        Orange blossom Vs Clover etc.

                        1. re: Fritter
                          jayt90 Jun 17, 2009 07:20 AM

                          Honeybees are similar in breeding and traits across North America. The combs are built the same way and finished the same way. Nectar is fanned until it is set, then sealed with a cap. It will keep in liquid form for at least two months, regardless of normal variations in temperature or humidity. Eventually it will crystallize, but if harvested it would be sold or consumed before this happens.
                          Hot toast or rolls would make the comb spreadable, but some people, like myself, like to chew the wax and discard it.
                          I'm mostly familiar with northern honeycombs, clover and basswood, but there is one southern honey that won't crystallize, (Tupelo?)
                          Otherwise the bees produce a very standardized product accross the continent, the wax being the same everywhere, and the honey varied by flower.

                  3. snix Feb 1, 2009 08:48 AM

                    As a child... mom would buy the comb only as a treat for my sister and I. I have also had it as part of a cheese tray, but recently I had some dipped in dark chocolate from a chocolate shop...it was really great. I plan on trying to recreate it for Christmas this year.

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                    1. re: snix
                      HillJ Feb 1, 2009 10:14 AM

                      What a fab idea, chocolate & honey comb!
                      Buckeyes made with edible wax includes choc & peanut butter...so your experience can't be that far-fetched. Interesting!

                    2. nomnomnoms Jan 31, 2009 06:31 PM

                      as a child growing up in rural Japan, my mother used to only buy honey with the comb. she would spread it on thick toast. i could never eat it because i have a mental image of baby bees being stuck inside the comb...
                      the store that sold the comb honey also sold bee larvae (to be stir fried and served with beer) and wasp honey (which the wasp was suspended in honey).
                      haven't really seen any in California (LA)...

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                      1. re: nomnomnoms
                        alkapal Feb 1, 2009 06:49 AM

                        what did one "do" with the wasp? was it decoration, to i.d. the honey, or to demonstrate virility if one ate it (like the worm in mezcal liquor)?

                      2. c oliver Jan 29, 2009 09:21 AM

                        Hello clubbies and non-clubbies :)

                        Here are the two emails I've gotten from my new best friend, Betsy, at Savannah Bee:

                        "Good Morning Catherine,
                        Great question. You can either eat it or spit it out. It’s a personal thing. However, the comb is presumably more nutritious than the honey itself, containing a natural antibiotic, bee pollen, some residual royal jelly and propolis. All of this plus the fact that it is easily digestible makes it a natural wonder. I hope this answers your question. If not please feel free to write me anytime – I am so happy to answer questions like this. Have a delightful Wednesday!

                        Email #2:

                        "Honeycomb is just itself, if you think its spreadable then it is, and vise versa. You can eat it anyway you see fit. Yet another reason it’s neat – do with it what you will. Get creative. I’m often asked what I eat it with and my initial answer always is “a spoon” (then I get into a diatribe involving manchego and granny smith apples but that’s another discussion altogether). I hope I’ve helped but I can’t be sure so I encourage you to write back and let me know. Plus I’ll try to answer anything else you can think of . . ."

                        I sent her the link to this thread. This IS fun, isn't it? And I like alkapal's design HUGELY :) Maybe the club's first meeting should be in Savannah, one of my favorite cities.

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                        1. re: c oliver
                          Caralien Jan 29, 2009 10:25 AM

                          Savannah is fun. If it's late summer, count me in, and we'll drive down from IOP for the night!

                          1. re: Caralien
                            c oliver Jan 29, 2009 10:33 AM

                            I don't DO the south in late Georgia! Can you spell H-U-M-I-D-I-T-Y ???? Where/what's IOP?

                            1. re: c oliver
                              HillJ Jan 29, 2009 10:35 AM

                              Oh I'm more than "in" my son attends college in Savannah.
                              When do I order my hat!
                              c oliver, thank you for posting Betsy's reply!
                              I was very confident (afterall).

                              1. re: c oliver
                                Caralien Jan 29, 2009 11:06 AM

                                Isle of Palms, SC (near Charleston). It is hot late August, but at least the water is nice to cool off in!

                                Things were so much nicer when we were both unemployed and visited for a month mid-Jan to mid-Feb. The good old days. :)

                                Holiday season is out I'm sure, but springtime is lovely too! Thoughts?

                            2. re: c oliver
                              choco_lab38 Jan 29, 2009 10:46 AM

                              This thread has prompted me to run out and grab a honeycomb, some good English cheddar and a crusty baguette--which I am now enjoying in my office with the door closed. Mmmmm

                              1. re: choco_lab38
                                c oliver Jan 29, 2009 10:52 AM

                                Inquiring minds want to know: are you spreading that comb or chewing and spitting out?!? Making me hungry too.

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                              akq Jan 27, 2009 03:16 PM

                              As other posters have stated, honey comb is wax and isn't generally eaten in large quantities. If you can handle the sweetness, you can chew on the honeycomb until the flavor is gone and spit out the comb.

                              I have been served very small, thin pieces of honey comb on cheese plates and have eaten them, comb and all, with cheeses, esp. blue cheeses. A little wax won't hurt you! These little pieces of honeycomb could be "spreadable", if only because the comb was cut so thin...kind of like how you can spread brie with the rind...sort of. The rind isn't really spreadable the way the cheese itself (or honey) is, but with a small enough piece of rind you can sort of "spread" it out on a cracker...

                              1. HillJ Jan 27, 2009 06:55 AM

                                In regard to the OP's original question. I wouldn't place honey with comb in hot tea. The hot water melts the wax, leaving a residue quite unpleasant and spoiling the tea. But spread on bread, crusty and delicious!

                                The Savannah Bee site provides some wonderful recipes for honey. You might want to visit that page.

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                                1. re: HillJ
                                  c oliver Jan 27, 2009 08:15 AM

                                  I've just sent an email to Savannah Bee asking if they have time to explain why what I ate appeared to be very different from what others have commented on., i.e., waxy, spit out, etc. I'll post when I hear from them. Hey, I didn't check to see if they have hats!!!!!

                                  1. re: c oliver
                                    HillJ Jan 27, 2009 08:25 AM

                                    Cool, I'll be checking back for their posted reply. Bee bonnets I would imagine :)

                                    1. re: HillJ
                                      c oliver Jan 27, 2009 08:29 AM

                                      Bee bonnets!!!!!!!!!!! So bad it's good. Although I live in Calif. now, I grew up in Atlanta. The Ga. Tech mascot is a yellow jacket. I'd considered "beanies." Do they even have beanies anymore???

                                      1. re: c oliver
                                        HillJ Jan 27, 2009 08:31 AM

                                        Yellow beanies sold with every honey comb...oh you must give Savannah Bee Co. a call and pitch this idea! Think of the club membership! LOL!

                                        1. re: c oliver
                                          alkapal Jan 28, 2009 05:14 AM

                                          the beanies are different these days: http://www.mysportsshop.com/COLLEGE_G...

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                                            c oliver Jan 28, 2009 06:41 AM

                                            Now isn't that amazing??? Are you young and knew that? I'm in my 60s and that certainly wasn't a beanie "in MY days" :) So are you interested in joining the club? You'll have to eat comb!!!

                                            1. re: alkapal
                                              Caroline1 Jan 28, 2009 06:47 AM

                                              It's all because Archie and Jughead are no longer around to educate the world!

                                              1. re: Caroline1
                                                c oliver Jan 28, 2009 06:51 AM

                                                You are SO correct! We called those "stocking caps." And now call them "ski caps." But "beanies"????

                                                1. re: c oliver
                                                  Caralien Jan 28, 2009 07:06 AM

                                                  I thought beanies were those little boy caps with 2 or more colours and a propeller on top.


                                                  1. re: Caralien
                                                    Caroline1 Jan 28, 2009 07:54 AM

                                                    Those too! A la "Cecil and Beanie!" There were Jughead beanies and there were Beanie beanies! The world has forgotten so many important things. <sigh>

                                                2. re: Caroline1
                                                  alkapal Jan 29, 2009 06:05 AM

                                                  yes, archie and jughead! http://www.comicvine.com/jughead-jones/29-1728/

                                                  and "little rascals" re-runs. http://heustess.com/pictures.htm

                                                  ok, here is the quintessential "beanie" in my mind: http://www.villagehatshop.com/propeller_round.html

                                                  for savannah bee company, they can do it in a "bee" theme: yellow and black color blocks -- maybe in a microplush fabric, soft like a bee's fuzz? http://entertheoctopus.files.wordpres...

                                                  and a propeller that looks like bee wings (with the delicate framework and all. kewl!)

                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                    Caroline1 Jan 29, 2009 07:49 AM

                                                    Yes! That's a real beanie! And here's a picture of Beanie wearing a beanie.
                                                    I never watched the "Beanie and Cecil" cartoon, and conversely I never ever missed an episode of the "Time For Beanie" puppet show with Stan Freberg as one of the voices. I feel sorry for anybody who doesn't know who Stan Freberg was. This was my favorite TV show of all time. Albert Einstein's too! '-)

                                                    1. re: Caroline1
                                                      HillJ Jan 29, 2009 08:36 AM

                                                      Oh lordy you've gotten behind the spirit!
                                                      Comb club has quite a few members now (hahaha)

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                                        pacheeseguy Jan 27, 2009 06:53 AM

                                        I work in a retail cheese shop and we sell small 12oz blocks of honeycomb to go with our cheese.
                                        We recommend to customers they serve a small chunk on the cheese plate with toasted pecans or walnuts, as well as fresh berries. A nice English cheddar is my favorite with this combo.
                                        Then eat a little bit of each together, the textures and flavors come together on the tongue,
                                        the crunch, the sweet, the sharpness, just wonderful.

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                                        1. re: pacheeseguy
                                          pacheeseguy Jan 27, 2009 08:21 AM

                                          web link from about.com regarding cheese/honey pairings.

                                        2. Caroline1 Jan 27, 2009 06:49 AM

                                          We raised bees when I was a kid, and my grandfather would switch out empty frames (frames hang inside the bee hive and consist of a sheet of wax with hexagonal chambers on both sides, which the bees fill with honey then seal off a full hexagon with a layer of bees wax). When you harvest the honey, there are two or three ways you can extract the honey. The most primitive consist of cutting the comb into serving size pieces and letting the diner worry about how to break the seals on the chambers, or you can put the whole comb in a container a.d smush it all up,. Some heat it and let the melted wax float to the top. Or there is a device that is sort of like an electric spatula (the kind you use for frosting cakes, not flipping eggs or burgers) on which the whole blade heats up and you use it to slice the layer of seals off the top of all the hexagons in wide strokes, then set the comb to drain. Commercial extraction is far more sophisticated and often centrifuged. If you want the benefits of raw honey, you don't heat the honey to remove the wax..

                                          As a kid, I would chew bees wax when I had a chink of honey still in the comb, but that's an awful lot of sweet in one mouth full! I used to also chew the paraffin cap from jars of home made jams and jellies. Whether it's bees wax or food grade paraffin, I don't think it does anything great for your working innards if you swallow it. I always treated it like gum. Spit it out when the flavor is gone.

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                                          1. re: Caroline1
                                            vtnewbie Jan 27, 2009 11:36 AM

                                            Same info here. The racks/frames in which the bees built the comb were placed into wooden boxes we called "supers". We only robbed about half of the honey from each super, and then only early in the summer. We decapped the comb with a hot knife, then spun the honey out with an old hand-cranked centrifuge. Some years the honey was dark and strong, other years light and mild. I always preferred the mild honey. And yes, just a small chunk of honeycomb is a lot of sweet. It almost made me queasy.

                                            We had to be careful about leaving the bees enough honey to survive the winter on: "A hive a of bees robbed in June is worth a silver spoon. A hive of bees robbed in July is sure to die."

                                          2. HillJ Jan 26, 2009 02:13 PM


                                            The Savannah Bee Co. offers a delicious comb honey.
                                            I've been saving the last bit of my current jar for a piece of honeywheat bread (which I'm proofing on Wed). A nice sharp white cheddar alongside and I call that lunch!

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                                            1. re: HillJ
                                              c oliver Jan 26, 2009 02:21 PM

                                              Ah, thanks. Here's another link and the pix is just like what I've bought.


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                                                HillJ Jan 26, 2009 02:37 PM

                                                Thank you c oliver. I'm going to give it a try next time I place a honey order.

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                                                  c oliver Jan 26, 2009 03:33 PM

                                                  I may also. But, do know, that I don't know this company. Just googled to find a pix.

                                                  1. re: c oliver
                                                    HillJ Jan 26, 2009 04:23 PM

                                                    c, o-Savannah Honey Co. has their own version of a square/round comb. I was unclear with you. I plan to order from them. Trusted, award-winning honey I haven't shopped anywhere else for years. Oh and the honey lip tin is a winter friend!

                                                2. re: c oliver
                                                  alkapal Jan 26, 2009 04:20 PM

                                                  woowee: savorique charges $19 for a 12 ounce honeycomb. that's some rich honey!

                                                  1. re: alkapal
                                                    HillJ Jan 26, 2009 04:24 PM

                                                    ...and a bargain when compared to Savannah Bee Co....but I'm devoted.

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                                                      alkapal Jan 26, 2009 04:27 PM

                                                      i thought the savannah was $15 for 12 oz. (which looks like less comb and more actual honey, too.)

                                                      the best honey i've had was a wild chestnut honey. i grew up on orange blossom honey. that reminds me, i need to get some honey out of the cabinet and use it.

                                                      1. re: alkapal
                                                        HillJ Jan 26, 2009 04:37 PM

                                                        Comb suspended in honey is $15; comb infused is $24.00 for a square or round case. http://www.savannahbee.com/category/14

                                                        Have you tried chestnut honey with date nut bread and greek yogurt. To die for!

                                                        1. re: HillJ
                                                          Boccone Dolce Jan 26, 2009 05:19 PM

                                                          I'm headed to Walmart this weekend. I'm getting that $3 honey and will report back.

                                                          1. re: Boccone Dolce
                                                            HillJ Jan 26, 2009 05:28 PM

                                                            For $3.00 you're either going to be delighted by an inexpensive food find or deeply disappointed by cheap eats. Either way, happy shopping & pls report back!

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                                                              Boccone Dolce Feb 2, 2009 06:02 PM

                                                              This is what we ended up with. Actual cost = $4.88 (Pretty sure it went up, I swear the price started with a 3 before!
                                                              )We both tasted a nibble. It's edible, but sort of a tiny bit waxy. Some of the floaty pieces I tasted were melty and good, but the comb part that I actually cut, was chewed and chewed and chewed and it didn't soften. Mr Dolce liked it and asked for more.

                                                              1. re: Boccone Dolce
                                                                HillJ Feb 2, 2009 07:28 PM

                                                                BocconD-how about trying the honey comb with honey drizzle on a warmed piece of thick wheat bread and a slice of cheese? Spread the comb with honey into the bread while warm, top with your fav cheese and enjoy.

                                                            2. re: Boccone Dolce
                                                              alkapal Jan 26, 2009 05:31 PM

                                                              bd -- clover honey for $3 is good, too. say "hey" to the honey bear for me! https://premiergourmet.com/store/products/Doan's-Clover-Honey-Bear.html ;-). i'm sure there was honey in this car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLis6jWc05M

                                                              here's a pint of "comb honey" for $9. http://www.ebeehoney.com/24ozBearPack...

                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                jayt90 Jan 27, 2009 03:24 AM

                                                                ebeehoney is a really informative link, reasonable prices too.

                                                          2. re: alkapal
                                                            jaykayen Jan 26, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                            chestnut honey is an acquired taste.

                                                            1. re: jaykayen
                                                              alkapal Jan 26, 2009 11:30 PM

                                                              jaykayen, this was english wild chestnut honey (or french?) and seemed really complex and subtly spicy. it was served at the national gallery of art's little "garden cafe", when the "english" menu was the theme. accompanied by stilton and walnut halves. scrum-dilly-icious! it was not real datrk, nor bitter -- as some of the online descriptions of chestnut honey. i know there is incredible variation due to locale -- that's the beauty of honey!

                                                              i found some spanish honeys on sale, while looking up the honey, fyi: http://www.hotpaella.com/Departments/Spanish-Food/Honey.aspx?utm_source=AdWords&utm_medium=PPC&utm_term=chestnut%20honey&utm_content=2337544693&utm_campaign=Honey&Network=Search&SiteTarget=&guid=76ccbf2d-8af0-dc11-a3d1-000f1f8c3bca&gclid=CKGt09CrrpgCFQEpGgod3QL9Ug

                                                              another sale: http://www.artisansweets.com/category...

                                                              1. re: alkapal
                                                                jaykayen Feb 28, 2010 10:14 PM

                                                                Wow, this is a year later.... but it was Italian chestnut honey, which I find to be not very "easy" as more common clover/orange blossom honeys.

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                                                                  buttertart Mar 1, 2010 08:46 AM

                                                                  I really did not like the Italian artisanal chestnut honey I bought at considerable cost - it tastes scarcely like honey at all, sort of chemically/smoky. Now I'm stuck with a jar of it - and don't think it would be very good in much of anything.

                                                                  1. re: buttertart
                                                                    HillJ Mar 1, 2010 08:52 AM

                                                                    use it in honey cake. chestnut honey in a cake really imparts a nice flavor and moisture. No reason not to use it. Need a recipe, this is my go to:

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                                                                      buttertart Mar 1, 2010 09:30 AM

                                                                      That would just about put paid to the jar. Good idea (the spices would mask the taste, I should think).

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                                                                        HillJ Mar 1, 2010 10:00 AM

                                                                        If you''re like me you use more spice than a recipe calls for. The honey will provide that moist sweetness and the cake spices will provide the punch I love.

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                                                                          buttertart Mar 1, 2010 10:22 AM

                                                                          Yes, have a heavy hand except with cinnamon, can eat it but not overly fond of it (worked in a spice factory for one glorious fun-filled day between high school and college, packaging cinnamon sticks - didn't know I was allergic until I woke up the next day swollen and welted wherever the oil had gotten on me).

                                                                          1. re: buttertart
                                                                            HillJ Mar 1, 2010 10:48 AM

                                                                            Oh my what a way to find out your allergic to cinnamon.

                                                        2. re: alkapal
                                                          Caralien Jan 27, 2009 04:02 AM

                                                          try a Mexican or Middle Eastern store; the honeycombs in honey are $2-6/12oz (we've had both square and round packages; current one is square from the health food store)

                                                      2. re: HillJ
                                                        LaLa Jan 26, 2009 06:28 PM

                                                        Is how I like it yum....the last small town I lived in sold them at a local boutique.

                                                        1. re: LaLa
                                                          HillJ Jan 26, 2009 06:45 PM

                                                          Lala, see comb cllub Rules above and consider yourself a member :)

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                                                            c oliver Jan 26, 2009 07:32 PM

                                                            Alright, I'm feeling the momentum! Do we need an agent? A lawyer? A sweetness factor? What about a physiologist to make sure the comb gets digested?

                                                            LaLa, you're not the LaLa we met in Africa, are you???

                                                            1. re: c oliver
                                                              HillJ Jan 27, 2009 04:07 AM

                                                              If the agent, lawyer, pysch, sweet test all enjoy honey comb..they can come too! Don't fear the honey comb!

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                                                                alkapal Jan 27, 2009 06:11 AM

                                                                "Don't fear the honey comb"

                                                                why is "blue oyster cult" music swirling in my mind? ;-).

                                                                1. re: alkapal
                                                                  HillJ Jan 27, 2009 06:22 AM

                                                                  think of it as "blue oyster comb"

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                                                                    alkapal Jan 27, 2009 06:23 AM


                                                      3. Boccone Dolce Jan 24, 2009 11:48 AM

                                                        What a great question! In my superwalmart they have cute, fat jars of honey in the Mexican Food aisle (I think they call it ethnic) that I always pick up and look at but never buy. There is a hunk of honeycomb suspended towards the bottom of each jar. My husband told me to buy it one time because I always just pick them up and stare. I told him I didn't want them to lose their magic-if we got one and tasted it and it was like eating a corn cob I would really be sad. They are under $3. Either the jar, or the honey is very dark.

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                                                        1. re: Boccone Dolce
                                                          BamiaWruz Jan 25, 2009 03:59 AM

                                                          It's like eating chewy wax, at least to me. Some people chew and chew and then spit it out, that's what my mother told me to do if I didn't like it, other people swallow it.

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                                                            c oliver Jan 25, 2009 06:54 AM

                                                            I couldn't disagree more so I'm betting it's what condition the honeycomb is in. The times I've been able to find it, it's comes in a little round, plastic container with a fitted lid. The honey comb fits in that quite tightly. And it's never refrigerated --- or so I was told by one of the people I bought it from. It spread on cheese, bread, etc. very smoothly and is nothing like "chewing wax." It's one of those special things I'm always keeping an eye out for and should probably look to order online. It's SO delish.

                                                            1. re: c oliver
                                                              BamiaWruz Jan 25, 2009 08:26 PM

                                                              Then it's just me but I've had it growing up, and purchased it from organic stores and it was always the same, as Louise said it's like chewing flavour out of gum.

                                                              But I found the more you chew the tougher it gets, it doesn't melt.

                                                              Maybe I'll seek some out and give it another chance.

                                                              1. re: BamiaWruz
                                                                c oliver Jan 25, 2009 08:29 PM

                                                                Now I AM curious. Maybe it's some kind of "fancy food" product/process. I've only had it once in a restaurant and twice I've bought it as described. And all three times, it was just a smooth, delicious food. Maybe if/when I find it again, I'll ask the purveyor what the hey.

                                                                1. re: BamiaWruz
                                                                  Louise Jan 26, 2009 11:45 AM

                                                                  I'd have thought it might soften a little bit, however a quick side trip to wiki reveals that the melting point of beeswax is 144 to 147 °F, so it makes sense it wouldn't melt in your mouth.

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                                                                    alkapal Jan 26, 2009 04:18 PM

                                                                    bamia, i've had the same experience as you: the honeycomb is waxy, and it loses the honey when you suck on it in your mouth for a while, then you chew it some more, and spit out the wax. i have no desire to eat the wax.


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                                                                      coll Jan 27, 2009 03:45 AM

                                                                      Definitely tasted like wax lips or whatever to me, maybe if you heat it first it would spread.

                                                                2. re: BamiaWruz
                                                                  Louise Jan 25, 2009 08:55 AM

                                                                  I used to chew pieces of it til I'd sucked out all the honey, then spit out the wax.

                                                                  Sort of like chewing the flavor out of gum.

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                                                                    viperlush Jan 26, 2009 12:02 PM

                                                                    That's how I remember eating it when I was younger. Use to buy it at the local apple farm, but I don't know the source of the comb. The wax wasn't that thick/heavy so it's possible that it was spreadable, just never tried to eat it that way.

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                                                                      jayt90 Jan 26, 2009 04:56 PM

                                                                      Just chew the the comb. There is no point in spreading it or mixing it because it is indigestible. Chew and suck like gum. There is no essential flavor to the wax, as the honey is dominant. But it is a good chew!

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                                                                        c oliver Jan 26, 2009 05:00 PM

                                                                        Obviously it depends on the comb. What I and some others have had is totally edible and spreadable.

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                                                                          jayt90 Jan 26, 2009 05:12 PM

                                                                          Honeycomb is beeswax, as in candles. I would be surprised if any type of wax was spreadable, or mixable, or digestible..

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                                                                            HillJ Jan 26, 2009 05:12 PM

                                                                            Absolutely. I don't buy the comb to spit it out :) (grin)
                                                                            It's delicious.
                                                                            c oliver, do fake combs exist that may actually be wax?
                                                                            I have never tasted a wax like honey comb.

                                                                            1. re: HillJ
                                                                              c oliver Jan 26, 2009 05:20 PM

                                                                              Boy (girl?), I don't know about "fake combs." But I think jayt90 might consider taking a softer approach. I've eaten/bought honeycomb three times in the last year and spead it on bread and cheese. It's a memorable taste sensation and by that I mean wonderfully memorable. I love it and, while not cheap, will continue to buy it and spread it like butter or a soft cheese. Hillj, let's form a little club, ok?

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                                                                                HillJ Jan 26, 2009 05:29 PM

                                                                                Comb club, lol!

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                                                                                  jayt90 Jan 26, 2009 05:30 PM

                                                                                  A little bit won't hurt , but it is expelled rather than digested.
                                                                                  In my experience in the honey business, almost all of the beeswax (from the combs) was separated from the honey and sent in blocks to candle makers. A very small amount of perfect appearing combs were held back for sale, at much higher prices.

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                                                                                    c oliver Jan 26, 2009 05:41 PM

                                                                                    I understood that it melts in the digestive tract and is therefore digested. But who cares? There are plenty of things that just "pass through."

                                                                                    1. re: c oliver
                                                                                      jayt90 Jan 26, 2009 05:59 PM

                                                                                      As Wiki points out, the melting temperature is around 145 F


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                                                                                        c oliver Jan 26, 2009 06:02 PM

                                                                                        So is steak digestible? What about nuts? Etc. Etc. Things don't have to melt to be digestible. Holey moley :)

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                                                                                          HillJ Jan 26, 2009 06:14 PM

                                                                                          okay c-0, this club has to have rules ;)

                                                                                          1. re: HillJ
                                                                                            c oliver Jan 26, 2009 06:15 PM

                                                                                            Oh dang, I hate rules. Can't we just have cute hats or something? What are the rules????

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                                                                                              HillJ Jan 26, 2009 06:45 PM

                                                                                              Rule 1: you must be willing to eat/enjoy the honey comb.
                                                                                              Rute 2: Cute hats or something...of course!
                                                                                              Rute 3: nah, le'ts keep it simple-eat the honey comb with great bread & cheese! Simple :)

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                                                                                                RosemaryHoney Jan 27, 2009 06:35 AM

                                                                                                My family has been keeping bees for generations, and we've got 11 active hives right now, and I've never had wax that was spreadable and edible on toast at room temp, even on hot summer days. Usually, we just break off chunks before putting the wax in the centrifuge. We let the chunks sit in bowls or jars, breaking off bits to chew and using the honey as it drains.

                                                                                                But this spreadable honeycomb? I think this might be a particular kind if it can be spread at room temperature...maybe from a very early harvest, before ripening is complete? Or a particular kind of bee/nectar that requires less structured wax? I'd be interested to know what type of honey this is. Can you tell us what's on the packaging?

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                                                                                                  HillJ Jan 27, 2009 06:42 AM

                                                                                                  RosemaryH, perhaps you misunderstood me. I haven't bought honey with a suspended comb that was already spreadable or read spreadable on the jar/label. I have been purchasing honey (all forms, all flavors) from the Savannah Bee Co. for years.

                                                                                                  In the case of the comb suspended in their honey, I use a knife to cut away a nice piece and spread it (along with the honey) on a delicious slice of toasted honey wheat bread (usually from what I've baked during the week) along with a nice slice of room temp white cheddar and enjoy.

                                                                                                  Perhaps Savannah Bee Co. can provide you with greater information; one beekeeper to another. I'm just a happy customer encouraging the "CH masses" to enjoy the comb.

                                                                                                  1. re: HillJ
                                                                                                    TampaAurora Jan 28, 2009 11:04 AM

                                                                                                    I can second the Savannah Bee Co. recommendation. A jar of their honey was one of two souvenirs I brought back with me - the other was a book. A friend who goes to SCAD 'might' have then confiscated for his own enjoyment.

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                                                                                                      HillJ Jan 28, 2009 11:10 AM

                                                                                                      Isn't their honey just the best! I'm going to place an order myself later today. Today's bread baking lunch was enhanced by a nice drizzle of SBCo. honey (orange blossom) and bue cheese.

                                                                                                      1. re: HillJ
                                                                                                        TampaAurora Jan 29, 2009 08:45 AM

                                                                                                        I'm having more fun with Eden's Nectar - local raw honey here in the Tampa Bay Area. I'm addicted to their seasonal honey - especially the Winter variety. I'm never without at least one bear in my pantry. Maybe one day I'll grow up into a real jar!

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                                                                                                          HillJ Jan 29, 2009 09:18 AM

                                                                                                          TampaA, thanks for sharing the link!

                                                                    2. re: Boccone Dolce
                                                                      lucygoosey Jan 25, 2009 07:53 AM

                                                                      I'm w/ your husband. You need to buy one and try it. Honey never loses it's magic! my SO is a serious honey man. I'm not as crazy as he is but we do have more than 100 types of honey in the "Honey Section" of our pantry. It's okay though because honey is the only food which NEVER goes bad. If the honey is very dark, it's because of the flowers that went into it's making. Color and flavor vary wildly. If it's really intense, just eat it slow. It lasts forever, literally. But you have to try it, and yes the comb is good. Think, prize in the cracker jacks.

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                                                                        TampaAurora Jan 25, 2009 08:41 AM

                                                                        I want your pantry. My pantry is barely big enough for 100 of anything. Having two honey types is my limit.

                                                                    3. Caralien Jan 24, 2009 12:34 AM

                                                                      Slice off a piece and spread on warm toast, or eat and chew like candy.

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                                                                        Will Owen Jan 26, 2009 11:20 AM

                                                                        YES! Another flood of childhood memory... Toast or biscuit, either will do nicely. Around the end of WW2, we had a local beekeeper who would deliver honey in or out of the comb. If you bought the comb, it was delivered in the wooden frame the bees had made it in, and Mom would just carve out a chunk and put it into a bowl for the table. I remember the table, and that kitchen, and how much more interesting honey was served that way.

                                                                      2. billieboy Jan 23, 2009 07:52 PM

                                                                        Yep, I agree. Just think of it as a chewy candy. Have not had it in years as no supply in my little hick town.

                                                                        1. tracylee Jan 23, 2009 07:13 PM

                                                                          When I was growing up, Mom would just cut up pieces for us to eat. Yummy!

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                                                                            jaykayen Jan 23, 2009 07:06 PM

                                                                            I've had it served on a cheese plate.

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                                                                              TampaAurora Jan 23, 2009 06:57 PM

                                                                              Pull it out of the jar from the beekeeper, cut off a chunk, drizzle the honey onto toast or into tea and then just pop it in your mouth.

                                                                              1. c oliver Jan 23, 2009 05:32 PM

                                                                                We had it at Salt Tasting Room in Vancouver (check their website). You pick meats, cheeses and "condiments" one of which was honeycomb. It was paired with a pretty strong cheese and it was wonderful. We've bought it a couple of times since in specialty markets and served with cheese. It's so incredibly delicious and looks so interesting and is just fun to eat. I'll be interested to see if others eat it in different ways.

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