Nostalgia Creates a Buzz
A little escapism can be as simple as the humble honey joy.
In times of uncertainty, when the world seems big and scary, there is something particularly comforting about nostalgia.
Whether it’s watching old reruns of McLeod’s Daughters, tying a scrunchie around your ponytail or listening to some early Savage Garden, nostalgia is like a shot to the arm of happy hormones; like pulling a doona over your head and retreating to a simpler time and place. Thankfully, a little escapism can be as simple as the humble honey joy. A family favourite for decades, no school fete or birthday party spread was complete without the iconic breakfast cereal drizzled in honey treat. Crispy, crunchy, sweet and sticky, what’s not to love about these little morsels? They are even worth the five minutes spent delicately removing them from their paper cupcake casings, that always inevitably ripped on the toffee-like base. With Australia producing some of the best sweet, sticky nectar in the world, why not make a stash for yourself so you can act like an unchaperoned child this weekend. Or now that it is school holiday time, prepare some with your little worker bees.
If you do get crafty in the kitchen, be sure to tag us on Instagram @buyaussienow and the local honey you used so we can share your (honey) joy! Here are five tasty local honey brands to take your sweet treats to the next level.
Wattle Grove Honey
Based on a small farm in the Bellerine Peninsula, this honey is the bee’s knees with seasonal flora helping flavour these delicious tubs.
Melbourne City Rooftop Honey
Melbourne is literally a-buzz with rooftop honey, thanks to innovative hives on the roof spaces of cafes, restaurants, hotels and individual gardens. Joining cities like Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo where urban beekeeping is thriving, the movement is part of the global effort to save the honey bee from various threats.
The Honey Hound Apiary
Make a bee line for this nectar, made on a small Apiary located in the beautiful Hawkesbury Valley, run by a beekeeper and her two dachshunds.
The Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop
Much sought after thanks to rich flavours such as Applebox Honey, Blackbutt Honey and our pick: Citrus Blossom Honey which is just as beautiful on a bowl of Greek yoghurt or stirred into your favourite herbal tea.
This pure, raw honey is grown on local beehives across the Victorian countryside, giving each jar a distinctive flavour depending on where bees collect their pollen.
Honey Joy Recipe
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbs honey
4 cups corn flakes
Preheat oven to 150C.
Line 24-hole patty pan with paper cases.
Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy.
Add corn flakes and mix well.
Working quickly, spoon mixture into patty cases.
Bake for 10 minutes.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Anna Byrne grew up in Bendigo in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne where she enjoyed a decade-long career as a columnist for the Herald Sun, becoming one of Australia’s most recognised lifestyle voices. Renowned for her insightful and humorous musings on the world of fashion and beyond, her take on style is both witty and refreshingly non-elitist. Anna loves musicals, McLaren Vale Chardonnay, the Melbourne footy club and can quote Muriel’s Wedding, verbatim. A passionate campaigner for small business, Anna is excited to join Buy Aussie Now as a freelance contributor.