Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Honey, 16-Ounce Bottles

Honey as it should bee…. Straight from the hive, Wholesome Sweeteners Fairtrade Organic Honey is deliciously decadent, with a delightful butterscotch essence. Honeybees make this delightful multi-floral nectar in protected organic hives in Southern Mexico and South America. It is perfect for drizzling on warm biscuits, hard cheeses, or Greek yogurt. It easily blends into healthy salad dressings, protein shakes or fruit smoothies. We love it in soothing hot tea and morning coffee too. For more ways to use Organic Honey in baking, feel free to visit www.wholesomesweeteners.com! The beekeepers tend to their hives deep in the dedicated organic zones in the jungle including Fairtrade coffee plantations. The honeybees forage only on the wild jungle’s natural wildflowers, far from any exposure to GMO’s or pollutants. Beekeepers protect their hives as well as native plant forage areas to encourage biodiversity and help the forests thrive. Wholesome Sweeteners Fairtrade Organic Honey is free from chemical residue, as the plants surrounding the hives have not been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides and the hives have not been treated with antibiotics. This helps protect the health of the bees and beekeepers. With the increasing threat of declining bee populations due to heavy use of chemical pesticides, our beekeepers have committed to raising their bees and harvesting their honey in the most organic and sustainable ways possible. This means you get the best tasting and purest honey! The Fairtrade Certified logo is Wholesome Sweeteners’ guarantee that our beekeepers tending the hives are paid directly for their honey. This means they can develop the quality of the hives and forage areas and build thriving communities. By protecting the hives and forage areas, Fairtrade Certified encourages biodiversity and helps the forests thrive, too. Thank you for choosing Wholesome Sweeteners and helping to make the world a sweeter place.

Quick facts

  • USDA Organic – sustainably harvested without antibiotics and pesticides
  • Fairtrade to support farmers and their families around the world
  • Non-GMO – No genetically modified organisms
  • Kosher
  • The World’s Best Honey!

Top reviews

Full, rich taste of honey without being overpowering or overly sweet – I like it!

Honey often makes things too sweet for me. I don’t like an overpowering taste.

I made whole wheat bread with Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Honey. I used the same amount of honey that I usually use, but I liked the result much better. It seemed to add a full, rich, taste, but was not overly sweet or “it is not sickly sweet” as another poster stated it. That means I am happy to use it again and again for baking bread, my main reason for buying honey.

I’m very pleased with this brand of honey and would gladly recommend it to those who want a full-bodied taste, but not an overpowering sweetness

LorenaMojave, CA


I’ve used this honey in no-bake cookies, baked oatmeal, drizzled on top of blueberry muffins… it is really tasty and delicious and I’ve been pleased with it.
DennisPalmyra, NJ

You can taste the fairness…

Not really, but I guess in principle I’m in favor of fair trade stuff so what the heck. I’m not a honey connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I thought this tasted good; I mostly eat honey on toast or use it when I make my own salad dressing.

My wife thought this had a slightly “off” flavor (she felt it tasted like molasses, actually) compared to the regular honey we buy at the supermarket, but I did not notice that.

GayBerwick, IA

Delicious Honey, Worth Trying

This is a dark honey, similar to buckwheat with a bit of a caramel undertone. Very yummy! We drizzled it on homemade cracked wheat bread and it was delicious. I’ve had a lot going on here lately and when I put a pan of custards in the oven, I found I had left the sugar out of the recipe! Oops. Well, I just squirted a swirl of this honey on top and it was so good I’m thinking of always making them that way in the future.

The only thing that would make me hesitate to purchase this product would be that we prefer raw honey for the nutritional value.

As far as the fair trade issue goes,it’s a nice thought, I approve of the humanitarian angle. However, we have plenty of bee keepers here in the USA selling wonderful raw honey, working very hard. Let’s give them a break and a dollar.

LomaLake Luzerne, NY

Bitter, not worth the money

Even at Amazon’s price, this just isn’t worth the money. I didn’t tell my wife what I thought of it, so I could get her unbiased opinion. We both thought this honey was rather bitter. It certainly doesn’t have a great, sweet taste to it like many domestic honeys. Plus, the idea of something from another part of the world defeats at least some of the reported benefits of honey if it comes from one’s local area.

We’ll probably use it all, but more out of a desire to not waste it by throwing it away. It’s not awful by any means, but at best a 3-star product, and really just a bit below that (thus the high 2-star rating). Others may like it – we don’t.

IdellaBig Run, WV

Robust Flavor

This is great tasting honey. It is thick and a dark amber color. And like many dark honeys, it is robust in flavor. I alsolike the bottle. It sits on the cap which means it is always easy to squeeze the honey out. Some of the bottles I have bought in the past did not do this and after a while it became difficult to get the honey out of the bottle. I will definitely buy this honey in the future.
AngelRoberts, ID

No reason not to award 5 stars – rich, sweet, dark – with a molasses-like after taste

To begin with, I like the premise for the product, and I am more than happy to try out this product from Central/South American beekeepers.

I was a little surprised when I first saw the honey. It is much darker than most honey I’ve seen and used over the past several years – mainly clover and orange blossom honeys. I wasn’t wary, just surprised.

The honey has a deep color (darker than the color shown in the product description) and rich flavor. It is extremely sweet, and has a distinctive but not unpleasant aftertaste that is reminiscent of molasses. My college daughter, who considers herself something of a honey connoisseur, pronounced it good and even offered to take it off my hands 🙂

I also like the bottle. It is plastic and is designed to stand on its cap that has a no-flow plug. The honey is dispensed easily by gently squeezing the bottle.

All in all I think that this honey deserves 5 stars. Though the taste is a little different than North American honeys I’ve tried, it has a very good flavor and comes in an easy-dispensing plastic bottle.

5 stars!

FionaWebster, ND

We like it!

We tried this on crackers with peanut butter. It was super-good, along with a cup of tea. This honey has a kind of rich, dark flavor that I can’t quite describe — but it sure is good. If you enjoy the flavor of honey, you’ve got to give this Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade brand a try.
CharlynNew Boston, NH

Much richer than typical clover honey

I drink a lot of tea with honey so I was anxious to sample this product. It is much darker in color than traditional clover honey and has a more full-bodied flavor. I love it!
MerrieTownville, SC

Honey has a strang smell

This honey has a strange smell to me, almost like caramel that has been nearly burnt. I so wanted to try this but it came to me with the seal broken and had leaked all over the inside of the packaging. I guess I am a little leary of trying it since the seal was broken, it was probably in shipping but I can’t be certain of it. I buy local honey and they all have a very nice honey scent but this one doesn’t have a good scent to me, I am not sure what makes this one so much different from the other natural honeys I have gotten.
LaverneBeaver, WV

Not bad, not great

I like honey and buy orange blossom or buckwheat honey from a local farmers market. I tried Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Fair Trade Honey, and I am not a fan of it. I believe the flavor is just OK because I can taste burnt caramel which is not a taste I like. I am not sure if it is caused by the type of flower this honey is made from or by something else. I prefer this honey mixed as a sweetener in a cup of tea rather than eating it by itself.
MelyndaParksville, NY

Great honey and great cause….

I liked this honey a lot. Great taste and consistency. The squeezable container makes it easy to use and easy to work with if the honey eventually crystalizes. The idea that I can buy honey that is organic and fair trade where the money goes to the farms and bee keepers makes me feel like I am making a good choice. Is it cheap? Not necessarily, but is it worth it to buy organic and fair trade if you can? Absolutely. Great product and I would definitely consider purchasing this item and telling my friends/family about it.
LissaMantua, UT

Delicious, non GMO and organic

I usually only buy honey from local sources because of the scandal of high fructose corn syrup being mixed in with almost all honeys you find commercially. I also like that local honey is unpasteurized, which preserves the enzymes and anti-bacterial quality of the honey. We use a lot of honey in baking and on our food, so having a quality product is important to us.

I tried this honey just to see if it was a good as the description makes it sound. I’m really impressed! I love that it’s organic and non-GMO, and of course the fair trade aspect means the people who tend the bees are actually getting paid for the honey. The one downside is that it’s been pasteurized. But the flavor of this honey is the best part. It has a dark, rich taste that reminds me of molasses or sorghum. It was lovely on toast, much different than clover or apple blossom honey.

I wouldn’t buy this product for baking because it’s rather expensive ($8+ per 16 oz) but as a condiment at the table, I think we’ve found a new favorite.

LenoreMaybee, MI

Wonderful Honey, Very Strong Flavor but Very Pleasant

This honey is very dark and, as mentioned above, has a very strong flavor. I don’t know what flower to attribute it to. It doesn’t taste like clover or orange blossom honey, but is delicious nonetheless. This will work great in Indian style teas or any baking goods that need the honey flavor to be robust. I also love the fact that it is not only organic but Fair Trade in origin.
DeandraGroton, SD

Good for you, good for the planet and tasty

Organic and fair trade are two designations I like to see on products I buy. Together they’re nearly irresistible, but of course a lot depends on whether the product is worth buying. Does it taste good? Wholesome Sweeteners honey does taste good. It’s a dark amber honey with the kind of slight bitterness you find in buckwheat honey. It also has an odd flavor, probably because I’m unused to honey produced from South American plants. Not unappealing, just different.

If you can find something like this that suits your tastes and covers a lot of socio-political bases as well, why not buy it?

AnnalisaScipio, IN

Great for baking!

I use honey mostly for baking. I tried this honey in a batch of whole wheat bread (and I scooped up some to taste while I was mixing the dough). The color is unusually dark, like molasses. The flavor is distinctive, richer than most honeys. The difference is more obvious when you just eat the honey, but the baked bread did taste subtly different than usual. I am concerned about mounting pesticides in food and am glad to find a honey that does not contain any. I should care about fair trade, too, so am glad that makers of this honey are doing the right thing. The bottle is a standard plastic squeeze bottle, not very organic but you can recycle it.
ColumbusNew Derry, PA

Best Honey I Have Tasted

I use honey both in tea and on some snacks (crackers with peanut butter and honey, etc.) and the flavor of Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Honey is far above the major brands on the supermarket shelves. The color may surprise some as it is a dark caramel brown and the flavor is rich and a major treat. This is a superior product and one all honey lovers should try. The fact that it is organic and fair trade is icing on the cake.
CarrollMorrison, OK


This honey is dark and rich with an almost caramelized flavor. Think dark chocolate to milk chocolate or black tea to green.

The packaging on this product is a little silly. I mean, I get that it’s supposed to make it easy to pour, especially when the bottle starts to get empty, but if the lid is just a molecule off, you get a sticky puddle and you lose some of the honey!

Keep the container with the lid up, and you’ve got yourself a lovely bottle of honey!

SharlaColbert, WA

Dark honey, a little sweeter?

I was so excited to get honey that is not only Organic, but Fair trade! Other than that, I really didn’t expect much of a change from the honey I buy at the store and I wasn’t really wrong.

I use honey in tea. For me that is the main reason I buy it (other than the occasional recipe that calls for it). I enjoy at least 1 cup of tea a day with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of honey to sweeten it.

I have to say that this honey is beautifully dark. I don’t mean a shade darker than regular honey, but it was almost molasses colored! I thought that was pretty great because dark honey usually means very sweet honey. It also has this wonderful, rich scent.

For tonight’s tea, I decreased the honey to about 1 teaspoon to see where it measured and I don’t need any more than that. I don’t taste any difference in flavor, though. I thought there might be a little more clover to it or something to really make it distinct, but there just isn’t.

So, to sum:
Pros: Use less for same sweetness
The fact that it is Fair trade (no ripping off 3rd-world countries by paying them pennies)
Organic (be real, we have no clue what pesticides do to our bodies but are much sicker than our counterparts of 60 years ago)

Cons: Price — but not awful really. Local honey from vendors tends to be around the same price, though store brands are cheap but no telling where/who they come from.

Overall, I would probably buy it again. I know I feel better about having it to give to my daughter and a little less sweetener in my tea…

LakendraBodines, PA

Excellent honey

This is a very rich and flavorful honey. The taste of the honey comes through very nicely; it is not sickly sweet like some other honeys that are commercially available.

In the ideal, Organic Free Trade can be a very good thing. You can read more about it at Wikipedia if you like.

Certainly, organic processing does help to insure that our foods are free of harmful pesticides and other by-products.

This honey is certainly delicious and has a beautiful color. Very appetizing. Improve the taste of all your foods and beverages with this honey. Works well in both tea and coffee.

MalvinaLong Island, ME