The 8 Best Honeys of 2019

Add some sweetness to your recipes

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Madhava Natural Sweeteners Ambrosia Honey at Walmart

"Tasty enough on its own to use on your pancakes, waffles, or French toast."

Best Raw: Nature Nate’s 100% Pure Raw & Unfiltered Honey at Amazon

"Gently warmed and strained to remove impurities without removing pollen, which adds Vitamin C, antioxidants, and more"

Best Organic: Thrive Market Organic Raw Honey at thrivemarket.com

"Just the way the bees want you to have it... this honey is raw, unfiltered, and unstrained.”"

Best Manuka: Manukora Raw Mānuka Honey at Amazon

"The honey in this bottle has a 20+ UMF rating, which is the highest available."

Best Hot Honey: Mike's Hot Honey at Amazon

"It’s perfect on a variety of savory foods, like pizza, fried chicken, biscuits, cheese, or anything that could benefit from the marriage of sweet and spicy."

Best Buckwheat Honey: Sandt's Unfiltered Raw Buckwheat Honey at Amazon

"Some customers described it as having a rich flavor with notes of chocolate, cherry, and molasses."

Best Powder: Honey Powder at Beanilla

"Sprinkle just a little on top of biscuits, cornbread, or muffins right before you bake them for a light touch of sweetness, or stir it into your tea, just like you’d use sugar."

Best Sampler: Big Island Bees Gourmet Raw Honey Gift Set at Amazon

"Includes light yellow ohia lehua honey, dark golden wilelaiki honey, and dark macadamia nut honey."

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    Best Overall: Madhava Natural Sweeteners Ambrosia Honey

    Madhava Natural Sweeteners Ambrosia Honey
    Courtesy of Walmart.

    A flavorful, dark golden brown honey from bees frolicking in the mountains of Colorado, this honey is raw and gently filtered to remove impurities while retaining the flavor and character as well as enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and healthy pollen. The filtering can take days, but the result is praised by reviewers who love the flavor.

    The honey is rich and sweet, but without specific strong flavors that might overpower your drink or your recipe. It's tasty enough on its own to use on your pancakes, waffles, or French toast in place of maple syrup. Madhava Ambrosia Honey is gluten-free and kosher and the plastic bottle is BPA-free. It comes in a 16-ounce bottle, so you’re going to need to stock up on pancake mix.

    Looking for something delicious to pair with this honey? Check out our list of the best pancake mixes.

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    Best Raw: Nature Nate’s 100% Pure Raw & Unfiltered Honey

    This raw honey is very gently warmed and strained to remove impurities without removing pollen, which adds Vitamin C, antioxidants, and more. This bottle is blended from honeys that come from beekeepers in the US and Canada, which provides a consistent flavor in every batch. The flower varieties involved in making it include clover, canola, wildflower, and tallow. The incoming honey is tested to make sure that no additional sweeteners like rice syrup or corn syrup sneak in, and to make sure there are no pesticides, herbicides, or other unwanted additives.

    This is a 12-ounce squeeze bottle, the perfect size for adding a bit to your tea or cocktails, or for drizzling over toast.

  • 03 of 08

    Best Organic: Thrive Market Organic Raw Unstrained Honey

    Thrive Market Super Raw Honey
    Courtesy of Thrive Market.

    Just the way the bees want you to have it... this honey is raw, unfiltered, and unstrained. It comes from Brazilian fields, and it is organic and gluten-free. The bottle is BPA-free and can be recycled when you've used up all of the honey. Reviewers described the taste as fragrant, smooth, earthy, and very slightly floral.

  • 04 of 08

    Best Manuka: Manukora UMF 20+/MGO 830+ Raw Mānuka Honey

    Real Manuka honey only comes from New Zealand. It's harvested from bees that visited the Manuka flower, which only blooms for 2 to 6 weeks each year, making Makuna one of the more expensive honey varieties. When buying Makuna honey, look for a high UMF rating. UMF ratings are given by an independent organization to help signal the quality of the honey. A high number means there are high amounts of the good-for-you compounds that make Makuna honey so popular in wellness circles. The honey in this bottle has a 20+ UMF rating, which is the highest available.

    This honey is raw and non-GMO and comes in an 8.8-ounce jar. The included box also makes it a great gift for your health-conscious friends and family.

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Hot Honey: Mike's Hot Honey

    Spicy! This hot honey is made of raw wildflower honey from farms in New York and New Jersey. The honey is infused with Brazilian chilies and just a little bit of vinegar for some pop. While it might not be your choice for pancakes, it’s perfect on a variety of savory foods, like pizza, fried chicken, biscuits, cheese, or anything that could benefit from the marriage of sweet and spicy. It's particularly good at adding that extra oompf to premade frozen foods or other out-of-the-box snacks.

    This honey comes in a 12-ounce bottle, which should last you through plenty of taste tests with your favorite foods. It’s gluten-free, all-natural, and doesn’t include any preservatives or additives.

    Want a quick way to test out hot honey? Try it on one of our favorite frozen pizzas.

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    Best Buckwheat Honey: Sandt's Unfiltered Raw Buckwheat Honey

    Buckwheat honey is so dark, you might not even recognize it as honey until you taste it. It’s a rich, strongly flavored honey with a distinctive flavor that’s floral and earthy at the same time, making it great on its own or in recipes where you want that honey flavor to really shine through. Some customers described it as having a rich flavor with notes of chocolate, cherry, and molasses, while others noted that it wasn’t as sweet as some other honey varieties.

    This honey is raw and unfiltered and comes in a box that protects the jar during shipping and also makes it great for gifting. This is a large, 32-ounce bottle, so you’ll have plenty for pancakes or for cooking. Yes, 2 pounds of honey is a lot, but given its long shelf life, we're confident the whole jar will go to good use.

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    Best Powder: Beanilla Honey Powder

    Beanilla Honey Powder
    Courtesy of Beanilla.

    This honey powder is handy when you want the flavor of honey and the ease of a dry product. It’s great for dry rubs or glazing ham since it stays in place as the temperature of the meat rises. Sprinkle just a little on top of biscuits, cornbread, or muffins right before you bake them for a light touch of sweetness, or stir it into your tea, just like you’d use sugar.

    This powder is actually a mix of sugar and honey and can be swapped in for sugar in your baking recipes, where you’ll get just the right flavor of honey without the over-browning that can happen when too much liquid honey is added. It is available in sizes from 1 ounce to 25 pounds, so you can try a little sample, stock up for holiday baking, or get ready to glaze enough hams for the entire neighborhood.

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    Best Sampler: Big Island Bees Gourmet Hawaiian Raw Honey Gift Set Sampler

    This three-pack of Hawaiian honeys includes honey made from flower varieties you won’t find on the mainland US, making them a special treat or a sweet gift. It includes light yellow ohia lehua honey, dark golden wilelaiki honey, and dark macadamia nut honey. Each jar holds 4.5 ounces and all three are packed in a box that's perfect for gifting or treating yourself. The ohia lehua and wileaiki honeys are certified organic. All three honeys come from beehives owned by the producer and are not blended with honey from other hives or producers.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular honey on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different types of honey overall, screened options from 17 different brands and manufacturers, read over 7 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 4 of the honey brands themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.