Experts Say TikTok's Frozen Honey Trend May Not Be Good For You

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Experts Say TikTok's Frozen Honey Trend May Not Be Good For You

Update, August 9, 2021: Every so often one of those viral food challenges you see making its way around the internet leads to some dangerous results. The cinnamon challenge, Tide Pods, and now—the frozen honey trend. Unlike the former examples, the adverse affects of eating frozen honey are a bit more mild but may cause some damage if you eat it in excess.

I tried out the frozen honey trend myself and can admit it was satisfying in taste, temperature, and texture, but it definitely wasn't something I'd eat on the daily and according to a report by The New York Times, it shouldn't be.

Since honey is so high in sugar content eating too much of it can cause tooth damage, stomach aches, diarrhea, weight gain, and an unnatural spike in blood sugar which can lead to a sugar high with a crash following. Honey should instead be used as a sweetener that's diluted with something else or as a topping to add onto other foods. Overall, the trend itself might be something you try once or twice but maybe shouldn't become a part of your everyday routine. Better safe than sorry!

Original Post, July 29, 2021: If nothing else, I'm really good at hopping on a bandwagon. When I see new recipes and hacks making their rounds on TikTok, I become so overwhelmed with intrigue that I must try them out and sometimes I'm pleasantly surprised (other times, not so much). The latest viral TikTok food hack involved freezing honey for a sweet snack, so of course I had to see what the hype was about.

But because I love you so much, dear reader, I want to always try these hacks out and give you the most realistic results possible. So I took it upon myself to make a little experiment out of this. If you can freeze honey for a taste of something sweet, why not freeze other natural sweeteners too?

Photo credit: Alexis Morillo
Photo credit: Alexis Morillo

I put it to the test and froze a couple dollops of honey, maple syrup, and agave to see which one came out best. Although I only popped them in the freezer for about four hours, I'm sure if they spent more time the results would be a bit better. Overall, what I did notice was that honey froze quicker than the other two, so if you try this out yourself leave agave and maple syrup in the freezer a bit longer.

As far as taste, I absolutely understand why the people on the internet have been freezing their honey. It cools into little bite-sized pieces of congealed honey which makes it chewy and super sweet, a combo hard to accomplish in many actual dishes. I would almost liken it to the texture of fudge but without the overt richness chocolate fudge typically comes with. What I would suggest is using a better method than freezing little dots on a baking sheet and maybe even using an ice tray or something similar to make it easier for yourself.

Final verdict: 10 out of 10. Five stars. You've got to try frozen honey, honey!

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