Environmentally speaking, without bees, there would be no pollination, there would be no honey in the end, which all lead to declining honey bee population. While there are numerous alternatives to honey, from a vegan perspective such as agave nectar, brown rice syrup, maple syrup or molasses, there is an unique vegan alternative to honey: BeeFreeHonee, made from strictly Midwest apples in Minnesota. It is an apple-based sweetener (vegan honey alternative) developed by the amazing Katie Sanchez, RAES Foods.
There is nothing artificial, no added color and no corn syrup in BeeFreeHonee. All are packaged in HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic bottles from Twin City companies.
★ PRODUCT NAME: BeeFreeHonee
★ WEBSITE: www.beefreehonee.com
★ ABOUT: Based in Minnesota, Katie Sanchez, RAES Foods (a family business) developed a vegan honey alternative due to bees Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which is an apple syrup or sweetener made with fresh apples. BeeFreeHonee uses only three natural ingredients: Midwest apples, beet sugar and lemon juice. “While honey is a source of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum) spores, it causes a rare, but serious gastrointestinal condition, known as an infant botulism.” (Mayo Clinic) BeeFreeHonee product is safe for children under two years of age, to avoid botulism, especially for ones with a dire allergic reaction to honey.
★ INGREDIENTS: apple juice concentrate, water, beet sugar, lemon juice.
★ GENERAL VERDICT:
BeeFreeHonee has the same consistency, and colour of an actual honey. After my first whiff, I could smell the fresh apples immediately. It’s sticky, sweet with a bit tartness from the apples, and it goes well on sweets and waffles. The only suggestion I can point out to BeeFreeHonee is the use of “Honee” in the label, I would call it as an Apple Syrup since it wouldn’t be actually a honey to avoid confusion :). Overall I really liked the idea of the name “BeeFree”, it sounds very cute such as “Free the Bees!” Katie donated a share of the profits to the charities toward research in order to save the bees, and for autism, education and for eradicating hunger in the U.S.
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We made fresh blueberry waffles topped with Soyatoo rice whipped cream and BeeFreeHonee.
We made vegan mini coconut pancake stacks with the same waffle batter (excluding blueberries).
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