The Best Honey for Charcuterie Boards

Honey is a fun and sweet addition to a charcuterie board and can be served in several ways. In this article we’ll cover the different types of honey for charcuterie boards, our favorite way to serve honey on a charcuterie board, and our favorite honey and cheese pairings (along with other serving tips).

Honey provides a wonderful touch of sweetness to a charcuterie board and also pairs well with most cheese and fruit. Consider using creamed honey on crackers or as a charcuterie board dip.

You can also find lots of suggestions for charcuterie board ingredients here on the Amazing Charcuterie Boards including:

Best Honey for Charcuterie Boards
Best Honey for Charcuterie Boards

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Best Honey for Charcuterie Boards

When you’re choosing honey for a charcuterie board, there are 2 different things to consider – the first is the type of honey and the second is how the honey prepared.

Best Types of Honey for Charcuterie Board

This generally refers to the type of flowers the bees have access to when making their honey. These flowers can add a distinct flavor to the honey, and there is a lot of effort by farmers to provide special flavoring to a bees honey. If you are looking for a very specific flavor you can sometime visit shops that will let you taste the honey. Below are some of the common types of honey and some of the best honey for charcuterie boards:

  1. Wildflower Honey: This type of honey is derived from a variety of flowers and tends to have a rich, floral flavor with hints of different blossoms. Its versatility makes it a great choice for pairing with different types of charcuterie ingredients.
  2. Clover Honey: Clover honey has a mild, sweet taste with floral notes and a smooth texture. It’s widely available and pairs well with a variety of cheeses and cured meats.
  3. Acacia Honey: Acacia honey is known for its light color, delicate flavor, and mild sweetness. It has a clean, floral taste that won’t overpower other flavors on the charcuterie board, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer subtle honey flavors.
  4. Orange Blossom Honey: Orange blossom honey has a distinct citrus flavor with floral undertones. It adds a refreshing and aromatic touch to charcuterie boards, especially when paired with cheeses and fruits.
  5. Buckwheat Honey: Buckwheat honey has a robust, earthy flavor with strong molasses and malt undertones. It pairs well with bold cheeses and savory meats, adding depth and complexity to the flavor profile of the board.

Honey Products for Charcuterie Boards

In addition to the distinct flavor of honey, you can also select honey based on the way it is prepared. Honey is often added to sauces and dips or served in a variety of ways. One of my favorite ways to serve honey of a fun charcuterie board is as straight honeycomb – this adds a very sophisticated or rustic nature to a charcuterie board.

Below are 5 different ways to serve honey on a charcuterie board:

  1. Honeycomb: Honeycomb is a natural beeswax structure filled with honey. It adds visual appeal to your charcuterie board and provides a unique texture and flavor experience. Guests can spread the honey directly from the comb onto crackers or pair it with cheeses and meats. We’ve used this honeycomb for charcuterie boards in the past.
  2. Creamed Honey: Creamed honey, also known as whipped honey or spun honey, has a smooth, spreadable consistency. It’s great for spreading on crackers or bread and pairs well with cheeses and cured meats. Creamed honey comes in various flavors, such as cinnamon, vanilla, or berry-infused, adding additional flavor dimensions to your board. This is the creamed honey we typically use.
  3. Infused Honey: Infused honey is regular honey that has been flavored with herbs, spices, fruits, or other ingredients. Common infused honey flavors include lavender, rosemary, chili pepper, or citrus. These flavored honeys can complement different charcuterie board components and add a unique twist to your presentation.
  4. Honey Mustard: Honey mustard combines the sweetness of honey with the tanginess of mustard, creating a versatile condiment for your charcuterie board. It pairs well with cured meats, sausages, and soft cheeses, adding a zesty flavor contrast to the other components.
  5. Honey Drizzle Sticks: Honey drizzle sticks are small, individually wrapped tubes filled with honey. They’re convenient for guests to use and can be drizzled directly onto cheeses, fruits, or cured meats for a touch of sweetness.
Honey for Charcuterie Boards

Favorite Honey and Cheese Pairings

Now that you know the best honey for charcuterie boards, you can start to mix and match your honey with cheese or other ingredients. In general honey goes with pretty much any type of cheese, but there are few pairings that are absolutely delicious. Here are a few suggestions:

HONEY + BRIE: Brie and triple creams are a perfect match for honey – this is my absolutely favorite pairing! Start with a water cracker base or thin slice of bread, then add a wedge of Brie, a drizzle of honey, and a sprinkle of pistachios. The honey enhances the creamy texture of the Brie while beautifully complementing its subtle saltiness.

HONEY + BLEU CHEESE: Honey is a subtle sweet flavor that goes well with blue cheese and can actually help to mellow the strong taste of the blue cheese. Like Brie, the velvety interior of bleu cheese, along with its earthy undertones, pairs wonderfully with honey and fruit.

HONEY + SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE + GRANNY SMITH APPLE: We love pairing Granny Smith Apples with cheddar cheese, but this becomes a real treat with a drizzle of honey. This is a great choice for a fall charcuterie board.

HONEY + WALNUTS + FIG + GOAT CHEESE: When fresh figs are in season, they make a wonderful addition to a charcuterie board and honey is a great addition to serve alongside. You can use many different soft cheeses, but I really love making a charcuterie board with goat cheese honey.

Other Pairings to serve with Honey on a Charcuterie Board

In addition to cheese, you can pair honey with a number of other ingredients on a charcuterie board. It pairs especially well with fruits, nuts, or meat.

HONEY + PROSCIUTTO + PEACH: I love to lay out a board with proscuitto and peach and add a sweet touch of honey.

HONEY + PISTACHIOS: I love this combination with the salty and nutty pistachios and the sweetly drizzled honey.

HONEY + PROSCUITTO AND MELON: Wrap thin slices of prosciutto around cubes of ripe melon and drizzle with honey for a refreshing and flavorful combination.

Best Honey for Charcuterie Boards

How to Serve Honey on a Charcuterie Board

In general – there are 3 different ways I like to serve honey on a charcuterie board. Here are the ways I like to serve honey on a charcuterie board.

  • Use a small dish or bowl: Pour a portion of honey into a small dish or bowl. Opt for a shallow dish to make it easier for guests to access the honey with utensils or for drizzling. You can add a honey dipper or a spoon to ladle the honey.
  • Drizzle honey: If you’re using a liquid honey, consider drizzling it over certain items on the charcuterie board, such as cheeses, cured meats, or fruit slices. This adds an elegant touch and encourages guests to try the honey with various pairings.
  • Honeycomb: If available, include a piece of honeycomb on the board alongside the liquid honey. Honeycomb not only looks visually striking but also offers guests a unique and interactive way to enjoy honey.
Best Honey for Charcuterie Boards

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