Honey Roasted Caramel Apple Spiced Peanuts

The Peanut Shop’s Honey Roasted Caramel Apple Spiced Peanuts are roasted with honey and coated in apple pie spices!

The Toana, Va.-based company also uses honey in its sweet and salty Honey Roasted Sea Salted Caramel Peanuts. After slow roasting with honey, these peanuts are coated with silky caramel and coarse sea salt for a delightful flavor combination.

The Peanut Shop began as a small shop in Colonial Williamsburg. The founders sought to deliver a distinctive recipe to their customers by carefully selecting and hand-roasting only the best quality plump, crisp Virginia Peanuts. Nearly 40 years later, The Peanut shop continues to honor that traditional recipe.

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Move over potato chips and pretzels, consumers are craving more meatier snack options.

Chart Stoppers: Where’s the Beef? In Consumers’ Shopping Carts

The dried meat snacks and jerky categories are both booming, recording double-digit dollar sales increase for 2014. Combined, the two categories account for over $1 billion in sales.

Traditional players and innovative newcomers, such as Sonoma, Calif.-based Krave Jerky, are looking to carve a slice out of the meat snack market. Krave’s Sweet Chipotle Beef Jerky uses honey to balance and bring together the product’s natural smokiness flavor and moderate heat.

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Honey can be used as a complete or partial replacement for almost any sweetener.  

In many cases, food and beverage manufactures are looking to substitute honey for sugar. Honey has a high fructose content, so it is sweeter than sugar, allowing processors to use less honey than sugar to achieve the desired sweetness.

Honey also complements other natural sweeteners, both traditional and high-intensity. If you pick up any natural food or beverage product in the supermarket, almost every one uses multiple sweeteners to attain the desired flavor, color and mouthfeel. Honey contributes positively to each of these elements.

Plus, honey is a natural sweetener that can be used for more than flavor and functionality. The marketability of honey is unique attribute rare among sweeteners. When processors use honey in their product, they most likely include “honey” in the name of the product and use the ingredient to market their products.

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