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creamed honey—who knew

iOnLa Oct 1, 2012 10:22 AM

stumbled upon a small plastic container of creamed honey at Trader Joe's this weekend. had never heard of it before but it's a delicious alternative to pure honey—crystallized honey that spreads like butter, which makes it much easier to handle, and has a softer flavor with less of that "honey" aftertaste.
(read about it here):

spooned a couple of teaspoons of it over figs and put them on the grill, then served with a new ice cream I found at Ralphs—their Private Selection Sweet Honey Baklava, "pieces of baklava, walnut and honey sauce folded into honey ice cream" (there's a theme here).

perfect dessert for scorching October days. just remember to never serve honey to babies.....

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  1. letsindulge RE: iOnLa Oct 1, 2012 10:27 AM

    Whipped honey has been around for a while although it's not basic stock in all markets. Love discovering new things.

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      iOnLa RE: letsindulge Oct 1, 2012 01:04 PM

      so is whipped the same as creamed?

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        letsindulge RE: iOnLa Oct 1, 2012 05:56 PM



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      John Francis RE: iOnLa Oct 1, 2012 03:17 PM

      The softer flavor is probably because of the air that's beaten into the honey. That's what makes it opaque.

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        John Francis RE: John Francis Oct 2, 2012 02:56 AM

        Well, I guess I got that one wrong! Thanks for posting the Wikipedia article.

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        jbsiegel RE: iOnLa Oct 3, 2012 05:20 AM

        Oh...brings back memories!!! We used to buy this in Canada when I was a kid and we were on ski vacations there. It was the only place we ever bought it. LOVED it!! We used to eat it on toasted English Muffins with a little butter underneath the honey. Bought it in a little town in Quebec in the local IGA.

        1. shanagain RE: iOnLa Oct 3, 2012 09:12 AM

          I'd forgotten about this and must buy some, today. It's amazing by itself on toast.

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            iOnLa RE: iOnLa Oct 3, 2012 09:42 AM

            this could be a bigger comeback than nutella.

            btw, posted this originally on the LA board and no idea where I am now—feel trapped in some Twilight Chowzone. help!

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              LindaWhit RE: iOnLa Oct 3, 2012 10:32 AM

              LOL! We're nice people here, too! And since creamed/whipped honey is available elsewhere than just at TJs, it was probably moved by the Mods to General Topics.

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              Blush RE: iOnLa Oct 3, 2012 01:05 PM

              I live in Canada and my preference has been for creamed honey ever since I was a little kid in the 70s. In my family we called it "solid honey" and the other was "runny honey".

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                chefathome RE: Blush Oct 6, 2012 06:44 AM

                Same here. Love the stuff.

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                mpad RE: iOnLa Oct 3, 2012 01:34 PM

                Creamed honey is very common in Canada. 50 years after moving to the U.S. it was still one thing that my great aunt would always take back with her anytime she came back to visit Canada.

                I too prefer the creamier mouthfeel of the creamed honey.

                1. khh1138 RE: iOnLa Oct 4, 2012 12:46 AM

                  My Canadian mum used to love creamed honey and I never saw it anywhere growing up in LA but in our house. Thanks for this memory!

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                    deglazer RE: iOnLa Oct 6, 2012 07:19 AM

                    Piling on here with the Canada talk, but it's been an interesting subject for me. I grew up in Ontario but have lived half my life in New England. In my household, liquid honey was unheard of - everything was creamed. If I recall correctly (it's been 20 years since I looked) grocery shelves reflected that preference - there was at least as much or more creamed honey compared to the other kind. Several years ago I started seeing little bottles of Billy Bee creamed honey (the iconic brand) at mainstream groceries in the Boston area. But it's hardly noticeable in the sea of liquid honey. I much prefer creamed honey. With plenty of butter on fresh bread? Delicious. With butter comes honey butter (and cinnamon honey butter) both of which were completely standard pantry items in my world and unheard of in Boston grocery stores. There's been a lot of interest in chef-y worlds in the last 5 years or so (you see it on brunch menus etc.). But I still don't see it as a mainstream product (though I can't be sure it still is in Ontario either.)

                    1. alkapal RE: iOnLa Oct 31, 2012 05:40 AM

                      i didn't think honey could spoil (i read the link from the OP).

                      i remember creamed honey from childhood. who'd a thunk it was "creamed" in texture from micro-crystallization?!

                      spread on hot, buttered cinnamon swirl toast…..mmm mmmm mmmmmm

                      1. Chemicalkinetics RE: iOnLa Oct 31, 2012 03:02 PM

                        I know it, but I like the clear translucent honey better.

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