Honey sticks are a delicious snack and an easy way to sweeten your tea and other beverages. But what are they, exactly? How are they made? And what are the benefits of using them instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners? Read on to find out!
What are honey sticks?
Honey sticks are basically just honey that has been solidified into a straw-like form. They’re made by heating up the honey until it becomes liquid, then pouring it into molds in the shape of straws. Once the honey cools and hardens, the straws can be easily removed from the molds. That’s it!
How to open honey sticks?
There are a few ways to open a honey stick, but the most common way is to use scissors or a sharp knife. Simply cut off one end of the honey stick and squeeze out the honey.
To learn about different honey stick options:
How to use Honey Sticks
Using a honey stick is really easy—just twist off the end and squeeze it into your cup of tea. You can control how much sweetness you add by squeezing more or less honey out of the straw. And when you’re done, just throw away the straw. There’s no sticky, messy cleanup required!
For a detailed description, you can refer to our blog on how to use honey sticks.
Benefits of using honey sticks
There are lots of benefits to using honey over sugar or artificial sweeteners.
- Honey is a natural product, while most alternative and artificial sweeteners are not. Honey is also sweeter than sugar, so you can use less of it to achieve the same level of sweetness.
- Honey is a natural source of glucose, which the body can use for energy. It is packed with vitamins, including B6 and B12, which help to energize and regulate blood sugar.
- Honey has anti-microbial and antioxidant properties, which make it an effective treatment for colds and flu, as it boosts the immune system.
- By replacing sugar with honey in your drinks, you’re ensuring that you’re getting all the nutrients and antioxidants that honey provides while avoiding any harmful side effects associated with sugary drinks.
How much honey should I consume per day to reap these health benefits?
As long as you’re consuming enough water, which helps dissolve the honey, there isn’t a set number or amount that will lead to beneficial consequences, as each person has unique requirements. However, research suggests that anywhere from 1 tablespoon up to 2 tablespoons per day may be beneficial when it comes to reducing symptoms related to allergies or digestive problems such as constipation or diarrhea. So, try out some different ranges until you find what works best for you!
Where to buy honey sticks?
Our favorite place to buy honey sticks is at local farmers’ markets, where vendors make them creatively and with love.
We love seeing the creativity of unique and delicious natural flavors added to the honey sticks. The local bee farmers often add natural flavors with essential oils and extracts.
If you can’t make it to your local farmer’s market, the second best place is to get them online, where some farmers also sell their delicious creations. Here are two that we love:
1. Honey Sticks Flavored, Honey Straw Variety Pack
Why we love Bee Silly honey sticks:
- Comes in 5 all natural flavors- orange, peach, lemon, blackberry and raspberry
- Nothing artificial
- Healthier alternative to candy
- Kids love them
- 50 pack
- Made in the USA with American honey
- Highly rated on Amazon
2. Stakich Clover Honey Stix (100 Stix)
Why we love Stakich honey sticks;
- In our opinion, best all around honey producer in the USA, we buy their products on a regular basis and especially like their bee pollen and royal jelly, along with these sticks.
- Quality made, small business
- Delicious flavor
- Perfect for using to sweeten beverages, hot and cold
- Clover honey
- Highly rated on Amazon
How do you fill honey sticks?
It’s actually a simple process once you have the right tools. You will need a condiment squeeze bottle, straws, honey of choice, and a sealer. People say that a hair straightener works very well as a sealer.
Pour some honey into the condiment bottle.
Place the squeeze bottle into some warm water on the stove to soften it, but not hotter than is still comfortable to the touch. 100 degrees F is perfect.
Place the squeeze bottle’s tip into the end of a straw, and squeeze the bottle until the straw is almost completely full. Leave a bit, approximately 1/4 inch on the end. The stick’s ends should then be sealed once you place the straw on the sealer.
The video below shows this process in detail.
How to make honey sticks
Backyard Bee Builders will show you in this 9 minute video how to make your own honey sticks with non-specialized materials that you likely already have at home or can obtain easily.
We wish you well on your continuing journey to optimum health!
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