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Types of Honey

Looking for a naturally-delicious way to sweeten your most popular foods and beverages? Honey is a popular sweetener that has a variety of colors, flavors, and uses. This guide will help you differentiate between the floral, mild, and hearty types produced by the honeybees. It will also explain the importance of sourcing true, high-quality honey for your restaurant.

Honey Varieties

Our selection of Monarch's Choice honey is free from additives and preservatives. The honey is naturally gluten free, low sodium, and fat free. Many honey varieties are Kosher certified and True Source certified. Depending on the type, it is available in easy-grip 1 or 5 lb. plastic containers as well as bulk 60 lb. pails.

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Alfalfa

Alfalfa

This classic honey flavor hails from the Wind River area of central Wyoming. Honeybees collect nectar from fields of bright purple alfalfa blossoms, and the honey that results has a light taste with mildly sweet undertones.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Teas, dressings, sauces

Available sizes: 1 lb., 60 lb.

Monarch's Choice Baker's Special Honey 5 lb.

Baker's Special

An ideal alternative to standard sugar in your baking recipes, this baker's special honey is a blend of classic honey varieties. Featuring a dark amber color and rich flavor, this honey has a more robust taste than lighter, tableside honey. Try our Monarch's Choice honey for excellent value and flavor.


Recommended for table use? No

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Whole wheat bread, pastries, BBQ sauces

Available sizes: 5 lb., 60 lb.

Buckwheat

Buckwheat

Dark and bold, this buckwheat honey is collected fresh from the white blossoms of the buckwheat grain. Typically compared to blackstrap molasses, this buckwheat honey has an earthy aroma and heartier flavor than other honeys.


Recommended for table use? No

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Honey cake, breads, sauces

Available sizes: 1 lb., 5 lb., 60 lb.

Monarch's Choice 5 lb. Clover Honey

Clover

Saturated with the aromatic, mild flavor of clover blossoms, this clover honey is the best known honey variety with the largest annual production. It has a sweet and light taste with a hint of cinnamon. Monarch's Choice all natural honey also has a classic, golden color and similar flavor to clover honey at a great price.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Desserts, sauces, meats, sweet breads, yogurt, cereal

Available sizes: 1 lb., 5 lb., 60 lb.

Creamed Clover

Creamed Clover

This honey has a richer, creamier texture than traditional clover honey. Also known as spun honey, this creamed honey is made by storing honey at a temperature around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and crystallizing over time. The crystallization creates a smooth product that spreads easily.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Bagels, toast, biscuits

Available sizes: 5 lb.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus

Gathered from the flowering eucalyptus trees of Australia, this distinctive honey has a sweet flavor offset by cool undertones of fresh eucalyptus.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Teas, toast, pastries

Available sizes: 1 lb.

Golden

Golden

Featuring a deeper flavor than clover honey, this velvety-smooth golden honey is a blend of clover and wildflower honey varieties. It has a sweet taste entwined with delicate floral undertones.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Drinks, pastries, sauces, honey-baked ham, sweet breads, cereal

Available sizes: 1 lb.

Monarch's Choice 5 lb. Orange Blossom Honey

Orange Blossom

Fresh from the spring blossoms of Florida’s orange groves, this orange blossom honey features light citrus undertones. This popular honey has a golden color and a wholesome, sweet taste. Be sure to check out our Monarch's Choice orange blossom honey!


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Drinks, biscuits, pancakes, pastries

Available sizes: 1 lb., 5 lb., 60 lb.

Monarch's Choice Organic Honey 5 lb.

Organic

Collected from organic certified beehives and blossoms that have not been exposed to herbicide or pesticide applications, this bulk organic honey is free from additives and preservatives! Our Monarch's Choice is always a great option!


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Organic teas, sweet and savory dishes, yogurt, cereal

Available sizes: 5 lb., 60 lb.

Premium

Premium

This premium honey is a blend of fragrant clover and delicate alfalfa honey varieties. Combined, these complementary flavors create a delectable all-purpose honey.


Recommended for table use? Yes

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Entrees, dressings, sauces, desserts

Available sizes: 1 lb.

Monarch's Choice Wildflower Honey 5 lb.

Wildflower

With its deep, rich flavor, this Monarch's Choice wildflower honey features a select blend of wild blossoms and flowers. Slightly darker in color than other honeys, this wildflower honey will add a more robust taste to baking recipes.


Recommended for table use? No

Recommended for cooking and baking? Yes

Common uses: Muffins, meats, breads

Available sizes: 1 lb., 5 lb., 60 lb.

Color Comparison

There’s a lot that color can tell you about the flavor of your honey. Generally speaking, the lighter the honey color, the more delicate and mild its taste. And vice versa, dark-colored honey has a stronger flavor. Reference the color diagram below for a quick color comparison!

honey color comparisons

Sourcing Honey

Due to honey’s growing demand and the damage to bee colonies in the United States, there is an increasing amount of imported honey. If honey has been imported illegally, or if the source of the honey is unknown, it is difficult to be assured of the honey’s quality and purity. Sometimes, corn sugar is added into bee hives so that the bees will produce a large amount of honey. The “honey” that results lacks nutrients and contains added syrups or sweeteners that are not made by bees.

If you’re looking to purchase true honey with no additives, make sure that you look for a True Source Certified logo on the bottle or container. This logo is important because it stands for the following ideals:

  • Consumers will have a proven country of origin claim
  • Honey is ethically sourced and can be traced directly to known beekeepers and brokers
  • Honey moves through the supply chain in full accordance with U.S. law
  • Honey has truthful labeling as to its source and has been tested to ensure quality

If you don’t see this logo, check the True Source Honey website to see if the honey company participates in the True Source Certified program. Simply enter the product's UPC code. Or, click here to see a list of True Source Certified North American packers.

Honey Alternatives

If you love honey, don't miss our large selection of honey alternatives to add a sweet taste to your popular baked goods and pastries. Great for cooking and baking, our honey alternatives include agave nectar, corn syrup, honey blends, and molasses. Learn more about each type in the chart below!
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Agave nectar is extracted from several species of the agave plant. The mild and amber agave nectar varieties have a similar light flavor to tableside honey.

 Agave nectar is a delicious, plant-based alternative to honey that can be used in many of the same applications, including teas and desserts.

 It tends to be thinner than honey and light agave nectar has a more mild flavor.
Corn syrup is liquefied sugar created by processing cornstarch. It is often found in honey blends for an extra sweet taste. Similar to honey and agave nectar, the darker the corn syrup, the stronger the flavor.

 It is also great for candies, confections, jams, jellies, sauces, and glazes.

 However, it lacks the aromatic, floral flavor of honey.
Honey blends will satisfy the demands for honey at an economical price.

 You'll get the low-cost benefits of using a honey substitute with the recognizable, golden appearance of honey.

 Since it's made with corn syrup and fructose, it may have a sweeter taste than pure honey.
Molasses is the liquid byproduct of boiling down sugar cane. Baking molasses is great for desserts whereas blackstrap molasses has been boiled three times and has the strongest flavor.

 Molasses contains healthy minerals and is considered one of the more nutritious sweeteners.

 It also adds a brown color and richer flavor that may not be preferred depending which type of honey a recipe calls for.

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