“ Type: Honey „
Honey is expensive but not in Tesco value range, where it is an unbelievable, 99p for a 340g jar. It was with trepidation that I tried it - surely at that price honey has to be rubbish?
It is clear, and runny, in a screw top, recyclable, glass jar. Instructions point out that this is not for the little ones under the age of one year.
It's pure honey, no more, and no less. There is no other ingredient.
Every winter I eat porridge for breakfast, and mix in honey, as a healthier and more delicious, alternative to sugar.
It is soothing in my throat, with lemon, in boiled water for when I have a cold.
I've even tried on my face, as a mask, but it gets a bit sticky!
You have to twist the spoon around to stop the honey from dropping and making a mess. I line the cupboard shelf in brown paper because inevitably the outside of the jar gets sticky. There are advantages to not using a sticky bottle as ease of access with spoons, of varying sizes, is much better. Also to make honey squeeze out of a bottle, sugar usually has to be added - not good!
However, I would drop a star, because there is a slight bitterness to the taste which makes it less good than, for example, Rowse honey. Rowse honey is darker looking whereas this one is very light in colour. I also have a second fear - where is this honey sourced from? How many air miles are involved in making a cheap product? Are we being duped by the lack of product information? The answer to this question is unknown to me and if it turns out to be an unethical answer more stars will disappear. Furthermore, this honey crystallises very quickly and by the last finger of a jar I have sometimes given up and thrown it out.
The Dent to the Pocket:
People struggling to pay their bills, and buy their food, should be delighted to know that they can get a decent jar of honey, which is long-lasting for a rock bottom price. Perhaps, cook with it, rather than spreading it on your toast, unless you like the touch of bitterness.
This honey is really quite nice, excellent when you consider this kind of price. So next time you want to kill a bee think twice as without them they'll be no honey, or flowers, or oxygen!
There are certain food products that always appear in my kitchen cupboards-rice, pasta, flour, stock cubes. Honey is something that I've been using more and more of over the last 12 months and is a repeat purchase. This was bought from Tesco for 99p for a 340g jar.
Why did I buy it?
I originally started to buy honey to place in my baking, but I found that honey in general was quite expensive, and for what I was using it for I didn't feel the cost was worth it. I decided to try this one due to its low price, availability within the Tesco, and not being someone who has a huge knowledge or expertise in the honey range, all I wanted to was plain clear honey-which this one is!
How is it packaged?
It comes in a glass clear jar, with a orange screw top lid. 340g in size. The Tesco basic range has since been re branded compared to the picture on this site, and is now called ' Everyday Value '. The label tells you everything you need to know-product name, content, nutritional basic and fuller and cautions ( not to be given to children under the age of 12 months ).
Basic nutritional information ( per teaspoon )
Calories 49 2%
Sugar 12g 14%
Fat Trace <1%
Saturates Trace <1%
Salt Trace <1%
How do I use this?
I use this honey for quite afew things:
1. On toast. We ran out of jam and my son didn't fancy marmalade, so I spread this on his toast as well. Now this is what he asks for on his breakfast in the morning....
2. In baking. This is my number one thing to add to my cookie mixture. It makes the cookies have a slightly chewy consistency. Not only that, but adding such a sweet ingredient means I can pull back on the amount of sugar used. My current cookie mix for making for the family is oat, cherry and white chocolate. Another success is using this in my flapjacks. Again, provides a chewy texture and requires less sugar being placed in it. I've tried putting honey in cake mixtures, but found the texture not as light as without.
3. Smoothies. I tend to buy frozen berries, add a banana, avocado, milk, natural yoghurt, a touch of cinnamon and honey. Sometimes the other ingredients need extra sweetness and a lift to it,which the honey provides.
4. Cereal. I try to limit the amount of cereals given to the kids that could do with less sugar, salt e.g coco pops, corn flakes etc. I've recently tried my daughter on a wheat free, no added sugar, salt puffed rice. On its own with milk she wouldn't touch the stuff. Add a drizzle of honey on the top and stir, and she couldn't get enough.
5. Hot drinks. Great to pop a blob in a herbal tea or when feeling ill adding to a fresh piece of lemon.
How do I find this?
Despite the very basic packaging, this is a good quality product. To be fair, even if I was given a more expensive variety I couldn't tell the difference as I'm no expert! But it's a versatile food, it's easy to use, provides the sufficient sweetness I require for everyday use. Very sweet, a little goes a long way because of this, quite mild in taste and not overpowering in flavour. The consistency is spot on, not too runny where I end up using too much, not too thick where I struggle to handle it. Colouring is appealing, a golden tint to it ( but not as deep as golden syrup ). This is one of those things I have to add it to something rather than eating it like my son on toast, as although I don't mind the actual taste of it, it's not my favourite stand alone substance. But as an ingredient I find it invaluable.
Regardless of how well I wipe the rim of the jar, there's always a slight pool of stickiness in the cupboard where this is placed. Abit annoying, but I have the option of spending at least a third more if not half more of the cost of this, and purchase honey in a squeezy plastic bottle.
I find sometimes with certain basic items in all the supermarkets, that the price can fluctuate . Very rarely but will go down, but on a few occasions this has gone up to £1.29 in all the stores at some point, and then goes back to 99p. That's a huge difference. And when this does occur, I check all supermarkets in walking distance to see if the price has gone up as well because at least one store will sell it at it's normal price.
Would I buy this again? Yes I would. To be honest, I would buy the basic honey from any supermarket store as I've tried them all and they seem pretty much the same. The price is fantastic, and considering I use so much of this stuff I can only really afford it at the price it sells for. There's so many recipes that this can be used in, and overall it's a must in my kitchen cupboard!
For the past couple of months I have been eating pretty healthily and I find that a filling breakfast in the morning really helps to keep snacking and cravings at bay. I've been having porridge most mornings and spruce it up with fruit and a little honey, and the honey that I use is the tesco value brand.
I did used to buy a more expensive brand which cost me over £2 more for the same amount so I thought that this brand would be worth a try, and it tastes just as good in my opinion. I know that there are different types of honey and more expensive types such as mild and so on but this just tastes like honey to me and it goes nicely with my porridge and it comes in handy when I fancy something sweet as I can swirl it over low fat yoghurt or fruit and a small amount of it adds plenty of sweetness.
This honey costs just 99 pence and is part of Tesco's everyday value range and it really is great value and you get a lot for your money. The jar contains 340 grams of honey and the jar itself is made from clear glass. It has a screw-on lid and the overall feel of the jar is good quality and sturdy and once I have used up the honey I'm going to rinse it out and use it to store nuts and seeds as I can never bring my self to get rid of glass jars, they come in so handy for storing things! The jar's branding isn't that exciting or appealing which doesn't bother me as it is the taste and quality of the product which count.
The label boasts that the honey is all natural which I found suprising given the very low price and I had expected it to be a synthetic syrup type product but you can tell from the taste and texture that it is proper honey. The honey is a nice golden yellow colour, however the smell of honey is somewhat lacking and barely noticeable. The honey has a medium texture which is runny and I like this texture compared to the hard textured honey as it is easy to get out of the jar. The honey is really sticky and it can leave my kitchen surfaces and fingers sticky if I'm not careful but it is just the right consistency to drizzle over fruit or porridge and it can be mixed in with purees and cake batter - it's very versatile.
The taste is delicious and it tastes just like the more expensive brand I used to buy, it does not taste like cheap value honey - it's sweet but not sickly as long as I don't eat too much of it and only a small teaspoon sized amount is enough to sweeten up a bit bowl of porridge. The honey is relatively low calorie and a tablespoon contains 49 calories which I think is low for something so sweet and tasty and even though a tablespoon may not sound like much, I find that a teaspoon is actually more than enough for me personally. All in all I can not fault this honey, if you are used to expensive brands of honey then you may be able to taste the difference but for me personally it tastes lovely and I give it five out of five stars.
I have been eating healthily recently and porridge is something that I have been eating more and more of due to the fact that it is so filling. However, I can't just eat porridge on its own as I find it quite bland and boring so I have taken to adding either a tablespoon of honey or jam to my porridge.
I decided to buy Tesco Value honey purely because I knew I was only going to be using it in porridge and I didn't really see the point in paying out loads of money for some posh brand when I wouldn't really taste the difference once it was stirred into my porridge anyway.
I paid 99p for my 340gram jar which is considerably cheaper than all of the other brands on the shelf.
Admittedly the packaging isn't anything to write home about but that doesn't bother me. Tesco Value Honey comes in a clear jar with a basic Tesco Value label around the middle with clear honey written across the front of it. The lid is the usually screw off lid which opens and closes easily.
I think this honey is very sweet and full of flavour. For a product that was so cheap, I almost expected it to be lacking in something but this wasn't the case at all. The one downside is that the honey is really quite thin and runny so isn't particularly good for things like toast but it was more than suitable for what I needed it for.
In summary, I would recommend this honey. I think it offers excellent value for money. Although I don't think that the honey would be that suitable for spreading on toast, I do think it works really well in my porridge and would also work well for being used in recipes. One downside of this product is that because the honey is so runny, when transferring it from the jar to wherever you want it, it does tend to dribble off the spoon which can be a bit if a pain as honey isn't the easiest substance to clean up. Having said that, I would still highly recommend this product.
I don't like honey. Why then am I writing a review on the stuff then? Well my mate bought it me the other day as I had a cold and she wanted to make me lemon and honey as a drink and told me to eat it too as it was soothing. Not only was I upset at her suggestion of me consuming honey I was also a wee bit miffed it was an economy version but hey I figured I don't like honey no matter what anyway so even if this was viler than usual it was never going to be yummy at 500 times more than this cost to me lol.
However when your feeling ill and weak you'll try almost anything to get rid of that feeing and so I decided to give it a much needed go and took the opinion no pain, no gain and tried to think positively lol.
Well the packaging for this is as usual what you'd expect from the Tesco 'Value' range. The honey comes in a clear glass jar with a photograph of the honey on the front of it and we are told that it is indeed Tesco 'Value' Clear Honey and there is an at a glance nutritional chart given. On the right hand side of the jar we are then also told cautions, nutritional information in full, that the product weighs 340g and contact details for Tesco are listed. It has a screw on/off gold lid to the top of it and basically it just looks like an economy product which of course it is however the labelling is informative enough to be fair to it.
The Honey Itself;
Well as we are told on the front of the jar it is a clear honey and sort of golden in colour. It's a runny honey too though does have body to it however it does melt easily on foods or in drinks or whatever.
The taste of this actually is rather nice and I was so surprised! I have had a lot of honey, particularly local honey daily when hay fever is about as I suffer terribly with it and I feel it's the only thing to help me and I hate it as its so rich and flowery in taste. This is simply sticky and sweet, smooth and with a very delicate flavour of flowers to it which isn't as rich as I'm used to thankfully.
I had this first off with lemon and hot water and found it to melt perfectly and give a nice sweetness to my drink which took the edge completely off the zesty lemon. I found it to be soothing and calming as well and then cos I liked it popped some in my chamomile tea and loved that and all!
Since then I've had this on toast, as its so spread able and whenever I have a sore throat (which is most days as I have a thyroid problem) have a teaspoon neat which really helps.
What is great about this though isn't only the flavour of it. Nope that's only the beginning! It contains levulose and dextrose which are sugars and do not need to be broken down by the digestive process by us so our bodies quickly absorb it and it provides a good energy boost and what's more is that it also contains protein, vitamins and minerals, but no traces of any fats at all. Research has proven that water and honey and lemon before meals can help reduce weight significantly and help with obesity. It is also effective in lowering blood pressure, with hot milk taken at night can resolve constipation as well as in a lot of cases far more effective than prescribed antibiotics and if you want another reason to tuck into it is well known in the beauty industry to help give bright complexions and silky soft hair!
As someone who is not a fan usually of honey I really can say hand on heart that I like this one. To me it tastes like a honey should but if your used to really richly flavoured honeys you may not like this one, in the meantime I'm constantly now finding ways to incorporate more into my diet though I have to be honest I haven't noticed my complexion glowing just yet!
A great product, a great price and only available from Tesco stores or from Tesco.com at the price of 99p a jar!
I mentioned recently in a review of paracetamol that I had an awful sore throat, much worse than I had ever encountered before. The added trouble this time was that I am pregnant, and I found myself very restricted as to what I could and couldn't take to give myself relief and fight it off. Basic paracetamol was not effective, gargling with salt and water only made me wretch, and so for once, I was so desperate I was willing to listen to my husband who was brought up to try all sorts of concoctions to stave off the likes of colds etc. One thing that he said he would make for me, although I suppose it isn't really a concoction, was hot milk with honey.
Now, I rarely buy honey, My husband loves it, but I think its too sickly sweet for my taste buds, and I find it isn't the most long lasting of products, and I very often end up throwing out the remainder of a jar, before it is even finished. So, I would really rather not waste a lot of money on honey, thus I was perfectly happy to spenf 67p on a 340g jar of Tesco value clear honey, a heck of a lot cheaper than many of the main brands of honey on the shelf. Most people however now, that TEsco value products can be hit or miss, and I am always willing to try a product before dismissing it based soley on it being from the basic range.
As with other Tesco value products, there is nothing fancy about the packaging on this jar, and the jar itself is clear, so you can see the honey inside. On the front of the jar there is detailed nutritional informaion, station that per tablespoon, there are 49 calories, a whopping 12.2g of sugar (though hardly surprising), but the good news is that there is only a trace of fat and salt.
So after buying this product, one evening, when my throat was usually at its worst, my husband heated some hot milk and added this honey as I watched. Like all runny honey, it is not the easiest product to get out of the jar without mess, however my husband managed it well, and added a large spoonful of it to the milk. Now, although, as I said, I usually find honey too sweet for my liking, I found this to be a lovely addition to the milk, and I could clearly taste the honey, which was sweet without being too sickly. It tasted as good to me as any other brand of clear honey that I have bought before, and to be honest, if you were to blindfold me and give me some of this honey and one from another brand, I think I would be struggling to tell the difference. Best of all, the mix of the hot milk and honey, eased my throat for a little while anyway, and so that 67p was well worth it. My sore throat has now gone, but my husband, very often takes this on his toast in the morning or mixed up with natural yogurt, and I have heard no complaints from him whatsover concerning this product.
TO me, this seems as ideal product when you are either using it to relieve a sore throat like me, or adding it to some cooking, and you don't want to be spending a lot. I personally cannot fault this honey, although I do know that a Tesco value label will put many off. In my opinion however this is a hit Tesco value product, rather than a miss.
I am a huge fan of honey and have been for years. I have had so many different kinds ranging from supermarket stores to just after coming fresh from the bees, being so familiar with honey I can say with certainty (for me anyway) that there is no better or worse honey, its more like different, whether it be thicker, runnier, sweeter, milder....etc.
I always go for the cheapest honey that is the right size for me because I don't understand how they can justify charging like £3.50-£4.00 for a jar (or squeeze bottle) of honey, I know a lot of it is the brand name on the packaging, but still lets not forget its honey, not gold.
I was looking down the aisle of tescos and when I found the tescos own honey it wasn't very easy to see, whenever I go I always have to look that little bit harder to see the tescos value clear honey which can be really annoying even when I have been there a few times.
The Packaging is a very identifiable label that is recognised as the tescos value products.
The packaging is a little different than the one dooyoo has.
The honey is contained in a glass jar which allows you to see the honey before purchase, with a screw top golden metal lid.
The main picture on the front is honey being poured onto bread/toast with the tescos logo in the top left part with a red strip that runs across the middle with the writing clear honey (in white) inside the red strip, the bottom right of the label is a little nutrition information:
Of your guideline daily amount
Each Tablespoon contains
Calories=49 Sugar=12.2g Fat=trace Saturates=trace Salt=trace
And then on the back you find the full nutrition information:
Per 100 grams contains
Of which sugars=81.0g
Fat trace of which saturates=trace
Each tablespoon typically weighs 15g
A blend of non-Ec honeys
If you want to know more visit: www.tesco.com
The size is a 340gram jar of honey and the price is 68p.
Not a bad price for a jar this size.
Once you unscrew the top of the jar the scent of the honey is pretty pungent and you wouldn't expect it to be so strong, especially for this sort of price, like I said though there should be no reason to pay so much for honey when they can obviously do them for this price.
Everyone uses honey for different things like for cooking, toast, for tea...the list can go on and on but if you taste the honey on its own it is a runny smooth tasting sweet sensation that if like me, it's like a party in your mouth.
Another reason that I like honey (not that I need another reason) Is I have hay fever and was told by a friend that if I have honey on a regular basis then it can fight back the symptoms of hay fever. And I have to say having been having more than usual this year, I find it has worked, I still feel a few tinglings but it has been great for me, so there's no need for me to go and spend a fortune on those hay fever products like Claritin or Zyrtec.
I absolutely adore honey and have had it all my child and now my adult life and this jar of honey is just the honey that I know and like, its perfect for cooking because its runny and on toast it spreads amazingly, but it's not so runny that it would go through the bread, if you want to pay fro the more expensive ones your just paying for the packaging.
I am a big fan of honey and have tried many brands over the years and find almost no difference in the taste and texture. Tesco clear honey is a very likeable brand which I have stuck with.
The price really is good and in all honesty is the best selling point. For a 340g jar the cost is only about 80p which is amazing considering a lot of other brand makes are in the region of £1.50 - £2.
I personally use this honey for many different things, when I eat my porridge in the morning instead of adding sugar I will add honey as it is a natural produce. I also add it to my toast for a snack and even to sweeten my tea at times.
The only dwnside is that I suffer from hayfever and they actually say if you consume local honey then it can reduce the symptoms, the only problem is that with tesco honey it is not going to be local to my region of the country. In the summer I do get a couple of jars of local honey which I find quite beneficial.
You can get the tesco honey in jars and also squeezable bottles, however if you are going to get the squeezable bottles then you are going to have to pay quite a bit more for it. If you purchase the jar then once the seal has been opened it is advisable to consume within a month to preserve the quality to give a better flavour.
You can purchase the honey from larger tesco stores but in all honesty if you are thinking of buying some from your local tesco express then you might be disappointed as they rarely stock no frills products.
If you are a fan of honey then why not give it a try you might be pleasantly suprised.
Before my husband lost his job and things became tight financially, I didn't give a second thought to buying rowse's squeezable honey for around the £3.19 mark or organic honeys of a similar or higher price but after reading a couple of reviews about tesco' clear honey, I decided to give it a go. This is largely because my kids love it on toast or in a sandwich and I like it in porridge or a dollop of it in a smoothie, so we go through a bottle fairly quickly.
I did have reservations because I like to get the best products for my children but it seemed ridiculous to be spending such a large amount on one item when after all, honey is largely honey and a naturally occuring sugar substitute.
The same amount of Tesco Value Clear Honey retails at around£0.68p so I was making a substantial saving but having quite fussy kids, would they like the taste of the cheaper honey?
Tesco Value Clear Honey comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid with the red, white and blue colourings associated with their value brand. The glass jar is recyclable and the only discernble difference between this and other honeys I previously purchased is that this honey comes from a blend of non-EC honeys. Well, I decided I could live with that!
Like most honey, this should be stored in a cool, dry place and not placed in the refrigerator once opened and has a long use by date on it so even if you only use it rarely, it will not go to waste.
The honey itself is quite a pale yellow colour yet has a very distinctive honey smell. However, it is a relatively mild honey although stronger than Acacia honey and is particularly sweet and seems more sticky in texture but it spreads easily and overall, for the price, it is quite a tasty product and my children did not seem to notice the difference at all and consumed the product without complaint and even wanted more.
I have, as a result been using it ever since and even if my husband finds employment, I will probably stick to this value product as I cannot see any reason to switch back to the more expensive brands in the future.
Thanks for reading. x
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The good thing I find aboit honey thats its very verstaile, and can be used for a nmber of things, either on food or in recipes. I normally use honey to drizzle over my weetabix instead of using sugar. We all know about how nutritionally benifical honey is for the body, so why not treat yourself?
I used to but honey out of a squeezy bottle, but found tht the top gets clogged up halfway through using the bottle, so I decided to give this a go instead.
The packaging is a no thrills jar wich is what you would expect for a Tesco Value item, but that doesnt matter, as long as it tastes good. The screw top jar makes it easy to get your spoon in and get a good serving out in one go, which I like.
So onto the taste. Upon opening the jar, you are greeted with a very sweet smelling honey, much sweeter than other honeys I have treid before. The honey looks very glossy and shiny, and it is very smooth.
It tastes very much like a standard hoiney, with the sweetenss coming through very strongly. It is also good when baking, as you dont need much for the taste to come through in the cooking.
The only downside to this is that it comes in a jar, which means the sides and lid can become sticky if you dont wipe it often.
For the price, ad size of the jar, I would highy recommend this product.
Tesco Value Clear Honey
Normally, I do not eat a lot of honey but every now and again when roasting parsnips, I like to baste them in it. Obviously Christmas dinner was one of those occasions!
I am a massive fan of the Tesco Value range, I really appreciate the fact that they save me money by not spending extra on fancy packaging which only gets thrown in the bin anyway. For some time, I was a bit of a snob where these ranges are concerned, and would walk past them in the belief that cheap and nasty packaging meant cheap and nasty goods inside. I am pleased to say that I have been surprised by how decent many of these goods are.
A350g jar cost me just £0.64 which is significantly cheaper than the competing brands. The honey comes in a clear glass jar with (like all items in the Tesco Value range) a white wrapper with red and blue writing.
The honey inside is lovely and glossy looking, and perfectly clear with no crystalisation. It is thick but not so thick that you can't spoon it out easily enough and has a lovely sweet taste distinctive to honey.
In comparison to some other brands that I have had, this one seems a little sweeter, and of course, honey can differ according to where it is produced, so there is always likely to be subtle taste differences between the brands.
For me, this is another great way to save money on the products that I buy, the honey tastes good and makes roasted vegetables taste delicious. I will certainly be buying it again and if you are a fan of honey then you should certainly give it a shot and see what you think!
I am not a huge fan of honey, but I always have a jar in my cupboard as I use it for cooking now and then, as well as making a nice change from my usual jam on toast. When I was looking for a jar of honey on my last shopping trip, I was really quite bemused by the fact that there seemed to be no middle -priced honey on the shelves. There seemed to be either a lot of very expensive honey, or there was the value honey. As I like to spend as little as humanly possible I decided to give the value honey a try.
Tesco Value honey comes in a glass jar with a screw top lid, with the usual vulgar value label around it. The label is large and covers a fair amount of the jar, but you can still see what the honey looks like before you buy it. Tesco currently sell this honey in 340g jars for about 68p so you do get a fair amount of honey for your money!
Inside the jar:
The jar is easy enough to unscrew, and once open you immediately get a faint whiff of sweetness. My first impression is that the honey does look incredibly clear with absolutely no bits that have crystallised which I find off putting. It is quite runny which may not be to everybody's taste but I find this very useful for cooking as it is so easy to spoon out of the jar. Unlike with golden syrup which you have to warm the spoon up in order to serve it successfully, with this honey you do not need to do that. It slips off the spoon very easily, without making much of a mess. There is nothing I hate more than when you go to the cupboard to find the jar is all sticky!
As I said earlier I am no honey connoisseur, so I'm not entirely sure what constitutes excellent honey. However, this honey is sweet and has a lovely flavour to it. The honey taste is not particularly strong or overwhelming, but I find the balance is just right. I like the fact that it is not particularly strong as when I cook with it I don't really want the honey to be the main flavour in the meal. Tesco Value honey gives my meals a subtle warm yet sweet flavour which works well. I really don't think a more expensive brand would bring any extra to recipes that I use it for.
If I'm not cooking with it, I have this spread thinly on toast and again the flavour is sweet and tasty. I also find that a lot really does go a long way, so if you only use it for spreading then a jar will probably last you quite a while. If you only like your honey on bread or toast then I suppose it may be more noticeable that this is a value product, so it may not be for you. However, as I don't have it that often it sufficiently meets all of my needs.
Overall I think that this honey is very good value for money, particularly if you use it to cook with. I will, without a doubt continue to buy this as it does the job and is one of the cheapest jars you can buy.
This is a short one, but don't be put off by that!
The tesco value range has had a bit of an update since the above picture, most of the range has the appropriate ingredients in picture form on the label. This has two slices of white farmhouse bread being drizzled with honey. If it wan't for the tesco value branding it would be (dare I say it) somewhat sexy... The jar lid on mine is gold but that's really splitting hairs isn't it?
It is V suitable but nor for peoples under 12 months because honey often contains endospores which make babies ill. It has 49 calories per table spoon with trace fat and salt. So if, like me, you eat it on bread with no butter it's not a highly calorific snack.
Where do I begin? The honey is opaque and has an amber colour to it, (hence the name clear). It is also quite liquid and free flowing (so kids will call it "runny hunny"), perhaps more so than some more expensive clear honeys but this is not a negative in my opinion. It is (obviously) made by bees, and like most honey it is made using multiple batches of honey from differing regions (blended). There is foam on the top of the honey in the jar suggesting that it is unpasteurised (see wikipedia's page on honey).
The only way I can describe the smell is that it smells like honey. Seriously. It's sweet and oh so edible smelling, but it smells exactly the same as any other honey. In fact I can think of no reason why this could be different from tesco's non-value honey since honey is a "pure" product and can have no additives: it is made by bees and they don't/can't cheat. I suspect that it is simply the label and lack of print on the lid that affects the price. Taste wise, again, it's the same as any other brand. When I spread it on to soft white bread it sinks into the holes and makes the bread surface slightly hard (I can' explain that well, a bit like crystalising you get on the top of honey in a jar) as I like it. It is very runny so it spreads and pours and settles quickly, and getting a level measurement is easy. All in all, I'll probably never buy another honey again.
© L Wade 2009 - submitted only on dooyoo.
Now I'm not really a huge honey fan - it's probably best if I tell you this to begin with. I don't like it on toast, and I can't stand getting it on my fingers when I'm cooking. It's sticky and tastes nasty to boot. However, when I have a sore throat there's nothing better than a mug of hot honey and lemon to soothe, and I do cook a variety of dishes which contain honey which I enjoy very much.
At Christmas when I buy a duck I like to smother it in honey, I do a dish of chicken in honey and tomato which tastes lovely (my grandmothers recipe), and I love a pork chop smothered in honey and mustard and then grilled.
This honey comes in a 340g jar, and costs 68p which is a very good price these days for honey, which due to the downward demise of the honeybee around the world is getting steadily more and more expensive. The price however is very much a false economy as this honey seems to have a very bitter taste to it, and one which comes through in everything it's added to. Stick a spoon of this in your honey and lemon and it'll leave a bad taste in your mouth rather than soothing your throat - trust me I tried it!
I have looked at the ingredients and I can't see any reason why this would be so bitter, it's a blended honey so it's not from a specific flower, but then there are lots of other blended honey's on the market which taste fine, so it can't just be that. Anyhow, whatever it is that they do to it, it's seriously not nice.
About the only thing I've found it's ok in, is baking - if you're doing a cookie or flapjack that requires honey as well as many other ingredients then it seems to be ok and doesn't leave bitterness, but for anything savoury where you want the honey as an ingredient which you're going to notice choose another honey or you're likely to spoil the meal. (My mum has honey instead of sugar in her tea which she drinks black - she says this honey really spoils the flavour of that too, and hubby who likes a piece of toast with honey on occasionally wasn't keen on this either, so it's not just me either.
Tesco branded honey is lovely, I drink honey and lemon every morning, and have it in my porridge and cereals, and as we all know most honey is quite expensive (i go through 2-3 jars a month). As with this credit crunch i am trying to find ways of saving money.
Tesco Value Clear honey comes in a clear glass jar with a gold lid, on the bottle is their white label with Tesco Value written in the corner in red and blue, there is a picture of a piece of toast with honey being poured on, and their guild lines anount for each tablespoon of honey contains:
49kcal Sugar-12.2g Fat-trace Saturates-Trace Salt-Trace
On the side it states that honey is unsuitable for infants under 12 months (most mothers know this) and that it is suitable for Vegetarians. It again states nutrition information and storage suggestions. Best before date is on top of the lid.
In each jar of honey you get 340g and a jar cost 68p (can't knock that).
This honey tastes like honey should and is lovely and sweet, the texture is nice and runny and melts well into all i use it in, and it spreads easily onto bagels, and bread (my little boy loves honey and banana sandwiches). Honey is honey at the end of the day and it all comes from the same source of bees.
Why i have not started using this before i do not know but i reckon i save myself about £6 per month now i have swapped to this.
This is one of my top recommendations Swap now and save yourself a fortune.