At this point, most of us have the standard arsenal of condiments as a staple in our kitchens. Most of us will have a running rotation of ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and soy sauce on hand on a regular basis. Recently, people have branched out and discovered new global flavors that have been neglected in the United States. Some of these include gochujang and harissa. It can be exciting to add a new sauce or condiment into the mix in order to (literally) spice things up. One such condiment that has been rising popularity is hot honey. So just what is it?
Simply put, hot honey is honey that is infused with chili pepper. There are varying levels of spiciness, as well as types of peppers used, so make sure you buy one according to your preferences. One of the most popular brands is Mike’s Hot Honey, which describes its product as one that “has a kick but the heat hits on the back of the palate.” In shot, hot honey strikes the perfect balance between sweet and spicy. For the brave ones among us, Mike’s offers an Extra Hot Honey variety, but proceed with caution.
If you prefer to make everything from scratch on your own, you can easily make your own batch. Simply stir in 1/2 a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes for every 2 tablespoons of honey, and of course, you may adjust according to your preferences. While many people will assume that you can only use hot honey for savory dishes, you’d be surprised at how well the condiment works in sweet dishes as well.
Most people will use hot honey in savory ways, many times getting really creative. A lot of people drizzle it on top of pizza, pasta dishes, and of course, fried chicken. You can toss your chicken wings in hot honey for an interesting twist on a classic. Try coating your vegetables in it before tossing them in the oven to roast.
However, you do not have to limit yourself to savory when it comes to hot honey. Add it to your favorite cookie dough for an intriguing boost of flavor. Top a peach-berry crisp with some hot honey to inject some spice into a classic dessert dish. The possibilities are truly endless, and it all relies on your creativity and sense of adventure.
You can get Mike’s Hot Honey on Amazon, Target, and even Aldi, just look for it alongside your usually honey bears. With over 8000 reviews and an average rating of 4.5/5 stars, there’s a reason why people can’t get enough of this stuff.