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Honey: A Popular Sweet Since the Dawn of Time


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We’ve covered a lot of the history behind some of today’s most popular candies before, but have you ever wondered what the world’s very first candy was? While the word, “candy” didn’t first appear in the English language until the late 13th century, humans had long enjoyed one sweet treat for millennia: honey.

Paleontologists believe that bees started making honey during the Cretaceous Period, or somewhere between 80 and 150 million years ago. The quintessential pollinators, honey bees were instrumental in the evolution of plant and animal life on our planet throughout millions of years. Strong evidence even suggests that as humans started consuming the golden nectar from honey bees around 2.5 million years ago, and this nutrient-rich superfood may have helped us evolve our significantly larger brains over time.

While honey may have been just one of many early food sources for our ancient ancestors, it wasn't until humans developed the skills of beekeeping that honey became readily available for mass consumption. Early beekeeping efforts are documented on cave paintings in Spain, dating back to at least 8,000 years. These depict humans harvesting honey from wild hives, highlighting the importance of this precious commodity in ancient societies.


From the hunter-gatherers of prehistoric times to the sophisticated civilizations of ancient Egypt and beyond, honey played a crucial role in sustaining human life. Egyptian hieroglyphs, which depicted the bumblebee, underscores the religious and spiritual significance of these industrious creatures had in ancient Egyptian society. Moreover, historical records indicate that honey was consumed by individuals from all levels of this society, highlighting the large-scale production of honey during ancient times.

The Numerous Health Benefits of Honey

This sweet, golden delicacy is a concentration of mostly naturally produced sugar from pollen and nectar derived from a variety of different flowering plant species. As a result, honey boasts a rich array of amino acids and antioxidants, which play pivotal roles in safeguarding the body's cells against the harmful effects of free radicals.

With its inherent anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, honey also helps boost your immune system. Furthermore, honey is nutrient dense, packed with numerous vitamins and minerals including zinc, iron, potassium, and calcium, just to name a few.

Along with these nutrients comes even more amazing health benefits of honey! From soothing sore throats with honey-infused cough drops to harnessing its anti-inflammatory properties in skincare products, honey has firmly established itself as a kitchen staple with a host of beneficial medicinal properties.

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Honey is great with ginger and lemon when you're sick. It can also help regulate blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes, and has been shown to improve heart health, by combating high blood pressure and improving cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Furthermore, honey's unique composition makes it an excellent natural preservative, allowing it to prolong the shelf life of perishable foods and beverages. This characteristic likely helped ancient travelers preserve various types of snacks for extended periods during arduous journeys along historical trade routes.

Now that we've explored the myriad of health benefits and culinary uses of honey, let's delve into some delicious honey-infused candy products available from Redstone Foods that are sure to sweeten your day!

Some Delicious Honey Candy Products Available from Redstone Foods

From Glory Bee’s honey sticks to Chuao's honeycomb chocolate candy bar, the allure of honey in the realm of confectionery is seemingly infinite. Whether blended with almond bits into a honey taffy, or as a solid honeycomb drizzled in dark chocolate, honey's natural sweetness adds a touch of magic to any sweet tooth indulgence! Check out these wonderful products, now shipping from our massive warehouse, located just outside of Dallas, Texas:

Glory Bee Honey Stix

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Glory Bee Honey Stix are the perfect blend of convenience and sweetness in every pinch! Crafted with care and bursting with flavor, these honey sticks offer a delightful taste experience like no other. Each stick is filled with pure, unadulterated honey, straight from the hive to your fingertips. With a diverse array of flavors to choose from, including peach, clover, lemon, watermelon, cinnamon, sour strawberry, caramel, sour raspberry, and mint, there's something to suit just about every taste imaginable!

The bees behind Glory Bee HoneyStix work tirelessly to create the perfect blend of sweetness, which is then carefully packed into these convenient sticks for your enjoyment. Made with no preservatives and never processed, you can rest assured that you're indulging in the purest form of honey on the market.

Whether you're looking for a quick pick-me-up on the go or a flavorful addition to your favorite recipes, Glory Bee Honey Stix are the perfect choice. So go ahead, grab a stick, and experience the natural sweetness of honey in a whole new way!

With the availability of a printed display box featuring ten individual compartments for flavors, your customers can indulge their creativity, mixing and matching to their heart's content. This innovative setup allows for endless flavor combinations that are bound to captivate your candy store’s clientele. We recommend strategically placing this display at the cash register to ensure maximum visibility, making it a standout feature that encourages last-minute impulse buys at the point of sale.


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No confectionary blog about honey would be complete without mentioning the classic honey-almond taffy: Bit-O-Honey! This iconic candy has been a fan-favorite among sweets enthusiasts for generations, captivating taste buds with its irresistible blend of smooth honey and roasted almonds. Each bite offers a chewy, flavorful experience that evokes a sense of nostalgia and indulgence, making Bit-O-Honey a timeless treat that is loved by all.

Asher’s Milk Chocolate Honeycomb

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There’s nothing quite as satisfying for your honey cravings, or as delightful as Asher's Milk Chocolate Honeycomb! This is now available in convenient bulk quantities from Asher's Chocolate, a cherished family-owned business with over 130 years of chocolate-making expertise.

Savor the exquisite combination of rich, velvety milk chocolate enveloping crisp, airy honeycomb pieces, that creates a symphony of flavors and textures that is sure to satisfy with every bite. Experience the perfect balance of sweetness and decadence in each delectable morsel, making Asher's Milk Chocolate Honeycomb the ultimate treat for chocolate lovers of all ages!

Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company’s Bee-Berry Honey Caramel

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Introducing the delectable Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company's Bee Berry Honey Caramel chocolate bar, where luscious blackberries are transformed into a divine soft honey caramel, creating a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds.

Crafted with care and a great attention to detail, this decadent treat combines the natural sweetness of honey with the tartness of fresh blackberries, resulting in a harmonious blend of fruity, caramelized goodness. With each luxurious bite, you'll experience the perfect balance of flavors and textures, making this gourmet, luxury chocolate bar truly the “bee's knees” of confectionary delights!

Chuao Chocolatier Honeycomb Dark Chocolate Bar

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Chuao Chocolatier's Honeycomb Dark Chocolate Bar is a decadent delight that combines the richness of premium dark chocolate with the luscious sweetness of organic amber honey. Each bar features crisp bits of caramelized honeycomb, carefully enrobed in velvety dark chocolate, creating a symphony of flavors and textures that will captivate your senses with every nibble. Sweet and indulgent, this exquisite chocolate bar offers a harmonious blend of sweetness and richness, promising to charm you with its irresistible allure, one bite at a time!

Goldkenn Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Swiss Milk Chocolate Bar

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Indulge in the exquisite Goldkenn Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey chocolate bar, where premium Swiss chocolate meets the rich, distinctive flavor of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey Whiskey. Each decadent bite offers a luxurious combination of smooth chocolate and aromatic whiskey, creating a taste sensation that is sure to delight the senses.

Please note that this product contains alcohol and is therefore only intended for adults aged 21 and over. Savor this sophisticated blend of flavors and enjoy a moment of indulgence on any occasion with this remarkably flavorful chocolate bar!

As we reflect on the journey of honey from ancient times to the modern age, one thing becomes abundantly clear – honey isn't just a sweetener, it's a symbol of nature's bounty and the ingenuity of our human civilization. So, the next time you indulge in a honey-infused treat, take a moment to appreciate the journey this ancient, natural sweetener has undergone to grace our taste buds. From the buzzing hives of honeybees to the bustling kitchens of culinary artisans, honey's legacy lives on, enriching our lives with its golden sweetness and eternal charm.

Enrich your candy store's offerings with a touch of honey-infused sweetness! With over 6,000 unique items and an unparalleled selection of craft sodas boasting 500 unique flavors, Redstone Foods is your go-to wholesale partner. Let us be your trusted source for creating moments of magic for your customers, enticing them with the irresistible allure of honey sweetened candies and confections!

Give us a call or sign up for an account online today. Join us on this flavor-filled journey and let's sweeten the world together!