I first came across hot honey last year when I went to a restaurant that served chicken and waffles for dinner. There was a small tin of hot honey next to it, and I was intrigued. I wasn’t that into hot sauces at the time, so I didn’t think too much about it, but slowly I started to see it more and more.
Recently I have been trying to expand the palate of my family by introducing new cuisines and flavors. Hot honey was the perfect addition to my pantry!
If you are looking for an exciting way to infuse flavor into a dish, hot honey is a great option.
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What Is Hot Honey?
First things first, what exactly is it? When you infuse honey with chili peppers, you get a spicy version. There are various types and brands but, the most popular brand is Mike’s Hot Honey.
The company started when the founder made the honey to drizzle on pepperoni pizzas at his Brooklyn pizzeria. Patrons were so enamored with the sauce that they started asking for it separate from the pies. So in 2010, he began Mike’s Hot Honey.
Other companies like Hot Ones and Hot Hive have different recipes using various formulas, creating multiple tastes and spicier results. Just like how hot sauces vary significantly in flavor and intensity, so does hot honey. No two brands taste the same.
Is it Good? A Mike’s Hot Honey Review
You are probably wondering, is hot honey any good? Yes! It’s delicious. It’s simple and flavorful and brings a little heat but does not knock your socks off. This subtle heat makes it ok to serve kids. If you add red pepper flakes to dishes and like it, this condiment is right up your alley. The sweetness comes in first, and then the tiny bit of heat comes in at the end.
If you are sick of the same old flavors and want to add a little oomph to your foods, it’s time to try it!
What Does Mike’s Hot Honey Taste Like?
Hot honey has sweetness but with a kick of heat at the end. It’s not very spicy. According to Pepperscale, it’s comparable to Frank’s RedHot, which comes in around 450 Scoville heat units (SHU). At that rate, it’s considered mild and family-friendly.
20+ Answers To “What Do You Put Mike’s Hot Honey On?”
- Fried Chicken And Waffles
- Chicken Wings
- Pepperoni Pizza
- Brussel Sprouts
- In Cornbread Or Drizzled On Top
- On Fried Eggplant
- On A Plate with Spanish Tapas
- As A Dip For Chicken Nuggets
- On Blue Cheese
- On Goat Cheese
- On Manchego
- Drizzled On Ricotta
- As A Dip For French Fries
- Drizzled on Peanut Butter Toast (With Bananas)
- As A Glaze For Meatballs
- On Pork Tenderloin
- In A Marinade For Shrimp
- On Biscuits
- Poured On Ice Cream (Vanilla)
- On Churros
- On Nuts
- On Pineapple
Does Hot Honey Need To Be Refrigerated?
No, it does not need to be refrigerated! You want to store it at room temperature so that it doesn’t crystallize. If your honey has gotten hard, microwave it for 30 seconds and then stir. Repeat if necessary.
How to Make Hot Honey – A Simple Recipe
Combine ¼ cup of honey with two teaspoons of your favorite hot sauce in a saucepan over medium heat until warm, about 3-4 minutes.
The taste will vary based on your ingredients, so choose the ones you love. Between the numerous types of hot sauce and honey, the possibilities are endless!
What Do You Think?
Have you tried spicy honey before? What do you think of it? Let me know how you use it in the comments below; I’d love to hear.
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I have never heard of or thought of hot honey, and now I cannot wait to try it!!!
We love hot honey in our house! It’s our favorite on pizza but I can’t wait to try it on some of these ideas here!
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says
This is the first time I’ve heard about Hot Honey and I am very intrigued. The sweet spiciness would be so good on chicken and waffles, grilled pineapple and baked brie. I’m excited to try making my own.
Lindy | Happy Humble Haven says
Wow! Admittedly, I’ve never heard of this nor seen it! It sounds delicious, and I can only imagine how perfect it would be with some of the foods you listed! (Although, it’s hard to imagine honey on pizza which makes it even more interesting that that’s where it got its start!). Can’t wait to try this…you’ve inspired me! 🙂