Bee-utiful honey delights to taste at ‘cellar door’

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By Kate Foreman

There’s a new “cellar door” at the iconic Big Lobster – and it’s serving up more than wine.

Honey is the top shelf taste delight, thanks to a quirky initiative by Humbugz Honey.

The Kingston SE based business has been creating honey inspired produce since 2004, after owners Frances and David Curkpatrick expanded their seven hobby beehives into what is now 600!

“I’ve always wanted to have a cellar-door for our honey, so we can showcase its gourmet qualities and introduce new honey products as we create them,” said Frances.

“We started with our 100 per cent pure honey, and now we have chocolate, honeycomb and coffee beans.”

The award-winning small, family business is a labour of love for the Curkpatrick’s who do everything from extraction to packaging.

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“At the moment we are working towards getting our cellar-door set up to how we want it,” said Frances.

“It has been a work in progress, but it is slowly coming together.

“We have a lot of domestic and international visitors visiting the Limestone Coast and its been wonderful to be able to show them our products.”

Humbugz Honey distributes worldwide and can be found in Adelaide’s central market.

For many of the products it has been trial and error, but the end product is something the Curkpatricks are proud of.

“I would love our next product to be honey ice-cream, but we are also working on roasting our own coffee,” she said.

“We are already selling our coffee beans, and hope to one day give it a honey touch.”

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Their latest best seller is tasty honeycomb pieces.

A spin-off from their honeycomb rounds, which are produced and packaged practically straight from the hive.

The idea for their honeycomb is to provide another gourmet delight for those food platters and tasting plates.

“Our honey complements lots of different produce, we even hope to show this by having tastings with local wines,” Frances said.

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The Curkpatricks show great innovation with all their honey inspired products, with their honey chocolate bars winning the South Australian Premier’s Food Awards in 2008.

The blue gum and orange blossom chocolate bars come in milk and dark chocolate, and contain 100% cacao with no added sugar, dairy or gluten

But it’s their pure signature product, the honey, that’s their favourite because after all, it’s what started Curkpatricks’ dream.

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