Saturday is National Honey Bee Day!

Posted on : August 17th, 2018

Honey Orange-Glazed AlmondsSaturday, August 18th is National Honey Bee Day! Honey bees are the almond grower’s best friend so we need to celebrate! We bring honey bees into our almond orchards every year because every almond you eat exists only because some sweet bee pollinated an almond blossom. And the bees benefit, too! Almond blossom nectar provides them with their first natural food source each year so they get a healthy start to their pollination season.

Honey bees are actually responsible through pollination for 1/3 of the food we eat. So beekeepers, beekeeping clubs and associations, and honey bee enthusiasts all over the country use the third Saturday in August to bring attention to the importance of keeping the bee population safe and healthy. And that’s something Maisie Jane’s has been seriously committed to supporting. Want to read an interview with one of our beekeepers?

But back to celebrating . . . I can’t think of a better way to do that than with a sweet wonderful confection that combines honey and almonds in the most deletable way. Imagine whole natural almonds suspended in a sheet of buttery caramelized honey. Crack it into pieces and enjoy it with a glass of wine. Oh yeah! Here’s the recipe (courtesy of the Almond Board of California):

Honey Orange Glazed Almonds


1 tablespoon butter

3/4 cup honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups whole natural almonds

1 tablespoon fresh grated orange zest


  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Grease the paper lightly and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the honey and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in almonds; cook, stirring constantly 10 to 12 minutes or until honey becomes a dark caramel color.
  3. Stir in orange zest and quickly spread nuts in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Cool until you can handle them the nuts. Then break the honeyed nuts apart. Cool completely and enjoy!
  5. If you have any leftovers, store them in an airtight container.

Maisie Jane’s California Sunshine Products, Inc. was founded on strong beliefs and passion for offering unique, flavorful, top-quality, nut products. We strongly believe in earth-friendly practices that start on our family owned and operated orchards. We use Organic farming practices and continue in the process by using all-natural ingredients with no preservatives or GMOs. We believe in honest, friendly and helpful customer relations at all levels. We take pride in every task, every day, with every person.