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Sometimes timing is everything. And when the perfect timing comes, it can be a great thing. Like when you are at the store and a must have item from your shopping list is on sale. Or you happen to run into just the person you needed to talk to while you were at that store. Or when all the traffic lights are green on your drive home from the store. These circumstances of perfect timing are very satisfying. They make us smile and scream "YES!" inside.
There are sometimes when perfect timing is required for something to work out just right. If you ever had trying making your own candy, you know exactly what I mean.
Today I want to talk about something where the perfect timing can be sticky business. The creation of certain honeys can be the result of perfect timing. The Cherry and Almond Blossom honey you are looking at here is the result of such perfect timing.
Where is All the Almond Honey?
After watching a documentary on Netflix called Rotten that talked about all the beekeepers that come to California to help pollinate the almond trees, I got wondering where is all the almond honey then. Is there is so much pollination going on how come we don't have stores filled to the brim with the stuff. I did a little research online. Turns out almond honey is - well to many people offensive to the point of being unpalatable. The honey bees make with almond blossom nectar is very dark and has a bitter taste to it. Some may say it's like eating the grounds from your morning cup of Joe. Because of this a lot of beekeepers will just discard the honey or quickly move their bees to a different nectar source to make a blended honey that would have more mass appeal.
I did find that the honey is being sold by some honey producers. There was one in particular that Google helped me discover that really peaked my interest. I came across a site for a company called Waxing Kara. They listed a honey on their website that was a combination of cherry and almond blossoms. My interest reached maximum peak.
A Honey with Perfect Timing
It is not every year in which the cherry and almonds are blooming at the same time. For the bees to collect nectar from both of these sources and bring them back to the hives conditions have to be perfect. Waxing Kara has been fortunate to source this unique naturally blended honey.
What Do Cherry & Almond Blossom Honey Taste Like
It might be easier to say what it doesn't taste like. There is so much going on in this jar. It's sweet. It's fruity. It's nutty It's bitter. All those are inter tangled in the perfect marriage of flavors. As you taste the honey you get hit with one after the other and then back again. It reminds me of really good dark chocolate that has the fruity and bitter flavor yet still sweet. Waxing Kara describes it as "Imagine a chocolate covered cherry, add almond". Never have I had a honey quite like this. Very unique. And a very rare treat - I would totally understand if you had to leave my blog right now and order yourself a jar - please come back when you are done 🙂
This is a must buy honey if you or your loved ones go for a darker honey. If you like a more lighter, traditional flavor honey then this may not be for you. Not everyone is going to enjoy it as a regular table honey. However keep your mind open. I got a great way for you to enjoy it, that I tell you about in just a moment.
Who is Waxing Kara?
Let me tell you a little bit about the company that packages this one of a kind honey. Waxing Kara was created by Kara Brook. This is one of those one thing lead to another stories. Kara is an artist. She loves working with beeswax-infused art. That love led her to start her own bee hives. From there she started sharing honey products and that lead to Waxing Kara bee-coming a thing.
Waxing Kara bottles, labels, and packages their honey by hand at their Honey House in Owings Mills, Maryland. Their most popular honeys are their estate honeys - Spring and Autumn. As demand for honey grows, they source other honey from different beekeepers. That's how they get the Cherry and Almond Blossom honey from California.
Waxing Kara has a wonderful video that shows you a little more about their purpose and passion. Watch it below.
The Best Thing to Happen to Vanilla Ice Cream
Have you ever tried honey on ice cream? I never thought to before. I did try it with this Cherry and Almond Blossom honey. Wow was it so good. The bitter and fruity notes of the honey go perfectly drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream. Just as good if not better than caramel (or maybe not if it's salted caramel). With the natural benefits that come from the honey, you could almost call it healthy.
I posted a recipe below. I know you don't really need a recipe for this kind of thing - but I didn't want to you miss that putting this honey on your ice cream needs to happen in your life - so I am really emphasizing that you gotta try it.
Vanilla Ice Cream with Cherry + Almond Honey
- 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 drizzle Cherry + Almond blossom honey
- Make sure no one is watching you so you don't have to share
- Remove ice cream from freezer
- Scoop ice cream into bowl
- Open the jar of honey
- Drizzle honey onto the ice cream in gentle streams
- Admire the honey as it drips onto your ice cream
- Close the jar of honey
- Put remaining ice cream back in freezer or you'll regret it. Or just eat it all.
- Find a good hiding place
- Enjoy your delicious ice cream in secret so no one tries to takes any from you.