I love cooking with honey. I make a mean honey-glazed salmon and an even better honey-glazed barbecue chicken. However, there is one problem in cooking with honey. It is full of sugar and calories.
Luckily there are a few sugar-free honey and imitation honey products on the market today. My all time favorite is still from Sue-Bee, but I have to say that Honey Tree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey runs a close second.
This pretend honey would be hard to distinguish during a blind taste test. It is just that good. Not only would you be hard pressed to identify it as imitation honey, you would have a hard time believing that it is sugar free. It is thick, rich, smooth, and perfectly golden in color.
Anywhere one normally uses honey ‘” tea, pancakes, sandwiches and more — Honey Tree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey can be used instead. It will taste as delicious while saving the consumer hundreds of calories. Best of all, there is no sacrificing taste.
Honey Tree has been making honey products for over 90 years so it is easy to trust that they know what they are doing. Known for their innovation in expanding the honey line, it was a natural leap for the company to come up with a sugar free variety.
Honey Tree is a major supporter in the efforts to extinguish diabetes. But they don’t just talk the talk. The company donates some of the proceeds for their sugar-free imitation honey to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation to show their commitment to help stamp out the disease.
Now, let’s talk nutrition. A serving size of Honey Tree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey is 1 Tbsp. or about 21 grams. There are 16 servings inside each 12-oz bottle.
Each serving represents 50 calories. None of those calories; however, are fat, sodium or sugar related.
Unfortunately, Honey Tree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey does contain 17 grams of total carbohydrates. They break down to 12 grams of maltitol 3 grams of polyol and 2 grams of sorbitol. However, Honey Tree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey also provides 8 micrograms of the much needed recommended daily amount of potassium.
Ingredients include acesulfame K, malic acid, maltitol syrup. Additionally, it contains natural and artificial flavoring.
I have used this product to glaze hams, make peanut butter and honey sandwiches for my grandchildren and even as a sugar substitute in baking recipes. It is versatile in its use and always adds just the right amount of sugary sweetness without actual sugar.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. It tastes like real honey. I dare you to tell the difference.
Appearance: 5 stars: It also looks like real honey. Placed side by side, you wouldn’t be able to pick from the other.
Nutrition: 3 stars. The high carbohydrate count could mean this product is not right for individuals who are watching their carb intake. Unfortunately, other than its potassium infusion, this substitute honey fails for provide any of the nutritional value of real honey either. But those watching their sugar and sodium intake will genuinely appreciate this product since it contains neither.
Ease of use: 5 stars. You can use Honey Tree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey anywhere that you would normally use real honey. Its consistency and taste are identical to the real thing.
Green rating: 5 stars. The bottle can be reused over and over again.
Packaging: 5 stars. Honey Tree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey’s bottle is clear so that you can see the product. Representations of little honey bees are molded right into the bottle. A coral label holds a modern graphic flower in purple and green. The Honey Tree logo and other lettering are done in yellow, black and white. A yellow cap tops the bottle. The packaging is bright and cheerful. It should be easy to spot on any store shelf.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. The bottle is small at 5″ by 3 Â¼” by 1 Â¼”. It should fit easily into any kitchen space like a drawer, cabinet, or pantry. It will also fit well into the refrigerator, even the narrow spaces inside the door.
Availability: 3 stars. I stumbled on this product by accident at Wal-Mart. I had never seen in a store before. However, now that the commissary carries it, it will be easy for me to find. You may; however, need to do a little exploration to find a local outlet. On the flip side; however, Honey Tree’s Sugar Free Imitation Honey can be purchased online.
Price: 5 stars. The price will likely vary somewhat from store to store. Even Wal-Mart admits it varies at their various locations. However, the cost is comparable to other forms of honey.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. Like I said earlier, I love cooking with honey. Therefore, it is a sure thing that this honey product will also be on hand.
Final rating: 4.3 stars. This product is outstanding!
5 stars – outstanding
4 stars – good
3 stars – average
2 stars – below average
1 star – poor