Sometimes you need to switch up the old culinary routine to restore a little zing to your daily meals—and today we're awarding extra points if it makes you sweat. So may we recommend an addition to your kitchen arsenal? Spicy honey. Picture your average charcuterie board: you have your meats, your cheeses, and your artisanal array of nuts. But what among those ingredients is going to make a mouthful really pop? Not the apple slices, we can tell you that.
Use the intensity of these powerhouse liquids to elevate flavors and open up an entirely new conversation on sweet-heat combos. The combination may seem boutique, but this growing market isn't just for food snobs, promise. So go ahead and replace your boring old bottles of honey bear with one of our top three hot honeys to spice things up at the table (and maybe keep a glass of milk nearby, just in case).
This chili-infused honey is quite possibly the most versatile food-topper out there: drizzle it over chicken, ribs, biscuits, and even ice cream for some daring and risky seasoning. Fans of Paulie Gee's pizzeria in Brooklyn will recognize the original flavor from its notorious Hellboy pizza (not to mention its Mike's Hot Honey Sundae … yum), which were in such high demand that Mike ended up bottling the stuff to spread the joy, much to our relief.
$10 at mikeshothoney.com
Mixed Made's Bees Knees Spicy Honey
This might be the most sophisticated packaging a condiment has ever seen. The sticky concoction starts with chemical-free wildflower honey from a family-run apiary in New York's Hudson Valley; it's then met with a mouth-on-fire chili pepper infusion for a perfect balance of sweet and spicy. That's it: just honey and chili peppers. (If the spicy honey wins you over, try their other speciality sauces: Trees Knees Spicy Syrup and Weak Knees Gochujang Sriracha.)
$13.99 at mixedmade.com
Tia Zia's Green Hive Spicy Honey
To veer off the red-chili path, try Green Hive Spicy Honey. The founders of Tia Zia noticed a lack of their beloved green chilis in the hot-honey sector and stepped up to the plate. Their take on the spicy mixture provides a warm and smoky note of roasted green chili peppers for a different kind of eye-watering flavor. Tia Zia recommend you pair the viscous treat with everything from cheese and bread to tacos. But why stop there? We're going to go ahead and say that if it goes in your mouth, it's fair game.
$13 at tiazia.com