The 2000s sure are shaping up to be the Century of the Condiment. The past couple decades have seen an explosion of salsas, a brave new world of ketchups, mustards from each and every continent, even the encroachment of mayonnaises whose name doesn't begin with "H." Well, we're here to hip you to your next countertop standby, straight outta Brooklyn, New York: Mike's Hot Honey. That's right; all the sweetness of honey with an intoxicating, mouth-watering burn. Grab some for yourself on sale for $12...and all those stockings you'll be stuffing in a few weeks.
Not since chocolate had that fateful collision with peanut butter oh so many years ago have two beloved ingredients made such a heaven-sent match. To work its magic, Mike's uses 100% honey combined with chili peppers. That's it. No preservatives, artificial sugars or gluten. Zero fat and sodium.
What is it good on? How much time do you have? Try it on pizza, nachos, sandwiches, cornbread, charcuterie, omelets, ribs, chicken and baked goods, to name a few. Are you more mixologically inclined? Well, you can add it to tea, a toddy, or select cocktails. How about a spicy-sweet margarita? A mint-hot-honey julep?
Your imagination is the only limit. No wonder almost 43,000 shoppers have been singing its praises to the tune of five-star reviews.
"I put this on my pizza at my daughter’s urging," recalled a persuaded parent. "Didn’t sound good but, being the good momma I am, I tried it. Omgosh, absolutely amazing — you won’t be disappointed. Now I look for anything I can put the honey on!!!"
"Nectar of the gods," pronounced one saucy shopper. "What is this stuff NOT good on? My favorite so far is vanilla bean ice cream.... Sometimes, when people get low on groceries for whatever reason and have to get into the canned goods on hand like soup or brown rice or oatmeal, just a light drizzle makes it delicious and special. Expensive, but you only need a tiny amount to make cheap food taste good. And expensive food. All food."
This resourceful reviewer scored an unexpected veggie victory: "I ordered Mike's Hot Honey after using it at a barbecue joint on my French fries and BBQ sandwich but... I use it on my roasted Brussels sprouts. Salt, pepper and oil and then roast those babies. Take them out and toss them with this honey. If you want it a little caramelized, then throw it back in the oven for a few minutes."
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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