When Jeremy Edelman, a tea lover, grew tired of restaurants not serving honey, his preferred sweetener, with tea, he did what most would not: created an innovative alternative to liquid honey by granulating honey that could be packaged in single serve packets (a la sugar and artificial sweeteners at restaurants) and embarked on an entrepreneurial journey. Edelman’s result? A 100% all natural, gluten- and GMO-free and kosher granulated honey that offers the traditional sweet taste of honey without the sticky mess. Nektar Honey Crystals was soon on the market and Edelman, then 27, founder and CEO of Nektar Naturals, quickly realized his granulated natural sweetener had far more versatility than a natural, no-fuss sweetener for tea.
“What’s great about Nektar Honey Crystals is that it’s so different; it is ideal as a sugar alternative for baking, cooking and simply mixing with other liquids and quickly dissolves with cold liquids, unlike traditional liquid honey. Granulated honey is not only more convenient than its liquid sister, it’s also more versatile,” explained Edelman. “It behaves like sugar when baked and dissolves into both hot and cold beverages with ease.”
Nektar Honey Crystals is sold in boxes of 40 packets ($7.99/box), each one containing the equivalent of a teaspoon of liquid honey and is available at Kings, Garden of Eden and D’Agostinos in the New York / New Jersey area. Nektar Naturals also recently announced its partnership with Canyon Ranch Spas, where the honey crystals will be served tableside for guests to enjoy. The Nektar Naturals website, offers clever uses and easy-to-follow recipes for a variety of dishes, including a tasty honey lemon cake.
I love the way Nektar Honey Crystals dissolve into cold beverages, unlike liquid honey. A cool way to use this product is in the service of a sports drink. Simply combine with water and a splash of lemon or lime, and add the honey crystals to your taste. Because they provide a sufficient amount of electrolytes this product is ideal for use as a homemade sports drink. Honey fans have something to celebrate with this innovative product that delivers the taste of honey without the sticky spoon or container.
Nektar Naturals provided their product free for this review.