3 All-Natural Beekeeping Sweets for Kids & Adults
With artificial colours and flavourings dominating our diets, it’s incredibly important we are aware of what we consume. However, you can still treat yourself and those closest to you to delicious, all-natural sweets, without all the nasty additives. And we have even better news! All of these tasty recipes contain honey, celebrating the efforts of our bees. In fact, one recipe is a one ingredient wonder – read on to find out more..
We’ve compiled a list of our 3 favourite all-natural beekeeping sweets. Each recipe is moreishly enticing and will have you reaching for another sweet mouthful. What’s even better is there are no artificial ingredients and you can tweak each recipe by experimenting with different honey to achieve new and exciting flavour combinations.
Cherry Bedtime BeeGummies
The Sweet Sleeper
Eating sweets just before bedtime might seem counter intuitive upon first glance. However, our Cherry Bedtime BeeGummies contain ingredients which actually aid restful sleep. In addition to bursting with a delicious cherry flavour from tart, organic cherry juice, these tempting treats are also made with honey and salt, which have each been proven to help balance cortisol levels and blood sugar at night.
Together, these wonderful ingredients combine to create a child-friendly sleep aid which is backed by science and completely natural!
Cherry Bedtime BeeGummies
- 2 cups Tart Cherry Juice
- ½ cup Gelatin Powder
- 1/3 cup Honey
- 1 tsp Vitamin C Powder (Optional)
- a pinch Himalayan Salt to Sprinkle on Top (Optional)
- Pour juice into a small saucepan and slowly mix the gelatin powder into the juice.
- Add the honey.
- Turn on low heat and stir as it begins to warm.
- Stir for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is smooth and gelatin has dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add vitamin C if using.
- Pour into silicon molds or a glass baking dish that has been lightly greased with coconut oil and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to harden.
- Remove from molds.
- Top with a few grains of Himalayan salt (or any nutrient-rich salt) for the ultimate sleep aid.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks - if you can save them!
Pure Honey Taffy
One Ingredient to Rule Them All
We initially found this recipe while looking for fun, hands-on sweets to create with kids – and we were delighted with the results! The story goes this recipe was accidentally discovered when a home chef tried to adapt a maple syrup recipe to create hard honey sweets. The honey didn’t harden in the expected way, however, and upon playing with the sticky mixture, it developed into a creamy-chewy taffy!
These sweets are wonderfully simple, fun to make and great for kids of all ages! For even more engagement, consider asking the little ones to design some sweet wrappers – and for the adults – experiment with different honey to find new flavours and colours to enjoy.
Pure Honey Taffy
- 1 1/2 cups Your Favourite Honey
- Cooking Spray (Or Any Non-Stick Aid)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper & lightly coat with cooking spray.
- Place honey in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, until honey begins to boil (about 8 minutes). Continue cooking until a candy thermometer registers 280°, about 10 minutes.
- Quickly pour mixture onto prepared pan, spreading evenly. Cool for 20 minutes.
- Lightly spray your hands with cooking spray. Using your hands, fold the honey over itself to form a ball. Stretch honey into a long strand (about 2 feet long). Double strand back onto itself twice, pressing ends together. Continue pulling and folding honey for about 5 minutes or until the color changes from dark amber to a soft tan. Wrap in plastic wrap coated with cooking spray, and chill for 10 minutes.
- Coat a knife with cooking spray, and cut the taffy into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 12" log. Cut each log into 6 pieces. Shape each piece into a shape of your choice (you can get creative here) and wrap in non-stick paper until consumed.
Perfect with a Pint
We’re concluding this list with the perfect snack to accompany to a well-deserved drink – honey-spiced almonds. This sweet and spicy treat is dangerously moreish and goes hand in hand with a good book and a refreshing drink. Taking a quick step back, however, almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein and vitamins, which all help to create a balanced diet.
If you’re trying to avoid sugar all together, consider substituting it for an extra 1/2 tbsp of honey. You can also experiment with different spices for a fantastic array of flavours.
Honey-Glazed Spicy Almonds
- 1 1/2 cups Raw, Unblanched Almonds
- 1 1/2 tbsp Your Favourite Honey
- 1 tbsp Sugar
- 1/2 tsp Ground Chipotle Chili Powder
- 1/4 tsp Ground Cumin
- 1/4 tsp Himalayan Salt (Or Any Nutrient-Rich Salt)
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place the almonds in a medium nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat for 6 minutes or until lightly toasted, shaking pan frequently.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a 500ml glass measure. Microwave at full power for 30 seconds. Add honey mixture to pan, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Arrange almond mixture on prepared baking sheet in a single layer; let stand 10 minutes. Break apart any clusters.
Looking For More All-Natural Beekeeping Sweets & Recipes?
This is the first in a series of posts showcasing the best delicious honey recipes. Some will be familiar, some new and exciting, but all use our favourite treat for its health benefits and fantastic flavour. Next month, we’ll bring you 3 moreish sweets and snacks which would make perfect partners for these Beekeeping Beverages! If you’d like to read more about honey’s effect on our health, click here.