Not too long ago, I’ve been coming throughout Instagram videos of whipped honey. In these movies, cool food influencers put a great deal of honey into stand mixers and let it rip whereas waxing poetic about how revolutionary a one-ingredient recipe that is. I didn’t assume a lot of it till senior culinary editor Leah Colins talked about that she’s been seeing the identical. Two folks coming throughout a couple of video of a recipe on their respective feeds shouldn’t be merely a coincidence, my pals. It’s one thing we prefer to name a pattern that has gone viral. The claims throughout the web had been far and large: Whipped honey is scrumptious, they mentioned. Whipped honey is simple to make, they mentioned. You may even double the amount of your honey, making your greenback go additional, they mentioned. However was all of the hubbub well worth the effort? Naturally, we grabbed our honey to place it to the check.

Check #1: Whipping With a Handheld Frother

Leah and I stepped into our respective kitchens to get began. Whereas most makes an attempt at whipping honey on-line appear to depend on a stand mixer for whipping, we needed to first check with a small particular person portion that, in idea, may whip up shortly with a handheld frother. Additionally, we all know y’all love frothing stuff.  

The set-up: We every poured two tablespoons right into a jar and bought to frothing—or a minimum of tried to.

The outcome: The thickness of the honey made it tough for our wee little frothers to do their jobs.  After that first disappointing present, we determined to microwave our honey for a number of seconds in order that it was extra fluid earlier than we went again to frothing. My handheld gadget saved slowing as soon as it was submerged within the honey, so I didn’t get very far. Leah managed to make it to seven minutes of frothing earlier than her motor overheated and he or she stopped. The consensus? Frothing was merely not the way in which to go.

Check #2: Whipping With a Stand Mixer

The set-up: We determined the following check was to whip honey in a stand mixer for a minimum of 20 minutes (as is definitely instructed by many of those movies). I examined with ¼ cup of honey, and Leah began with one full cup to get the whisk attachment to “catch” the honey (the distinction between a culinary editor and an everyday schmegular editor, I suppose!). We each began off on low pace and steadily elevated the pace of the stand mixer in increments as much as medium-high.

The outcome: At about seven minutes for Leah and ten minutes for me, we began to note the colour of the honey altering across the edges and a few small bubbles forming. The honey grew to become lighter in colour with out a lot texture change about quarter-hour in. From there, the honey I used to be testing grew to become a tad lighter however didn’t change in texture between the 15- and 30-minute mark. Leah’s, nevertheless, did handle to show lighter than mine in colour with a little bit of a fluid texture, however in the end didn’t attain the whipped and aerated honey consistency we had been searching for, nor did it enhance in quantity. Had we discovered a flaw on this viral pattern?

Leah Colins / Critical Eats


So…Ought to You Whip Honey At House?

This pattern proved to not be well worth the sticky mess. Even after half-hour within the stand mixer, although the honey was extra viscous, it did not aerate or whip up the way in which we had seen promised in movies. One other discrepancy we famous between our checks and the movies we’d seen circulating is the quantity of honey being whipped. We noticed creators pull out TUBS of honey and dump it into their stand mixer bowls so as to whip up a moderately massive batch of whipped honey and preserve it readily available always. That is all nice and nice, however who’s bought that a lot honey mendacity round? Actually not us, that’s for certain. However you probably have a necessity for a considerable amount of honey (and an accompanying honey finances) then, hey, this may be the trick for you. 

It’s possible the recognition of whipped honey might have begun as a pattern to carry life again to crystallized honey, after which simply become a unique manner to make use of honey. (One video noted that after crystallized honey is whipped into this consistency, it can keep whipped). 

I would be remiss if I did not point out there are two different (small) attracts to whipped honey: It makes an exquisite do-it-yourself reward that, sure, we might each truly give to folks! It’s additionally simply a good way to include some taste into your honey (assume vanilla or cinnamon). Nonetheless, Leah famous that together with or swapping in whipped honey in recipes would not make any noticeable distinction. “For the reason that texture did not change a lot, I do not see the worth of utilizing whipped honey over common honey in baking purposes,” she says. “However I may see the worth of whipped honey by itself as a condiment to serve with a recipe, corresponding to vanilla- and orange-scented whipped honey to drizzle over pancakes.”

Lastly, I’ll say it’s a bit mesmerizing to observe within the stand mixer, the ribbons within the honey resembling the sticky-stretchy sweet you see sweet makers pulling earlier than forming it into shapes. So I assume you might additionally make it in the event you’re in want of some leisure? Moreover that, until you’re anticipating a go to from Winnie the Pooh himself, the hassle doesn’t outweigh the reward right here.





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