Dallas honey company invents fruity new twist on syrups
Dallas-based Nature Nate's has a sweet twist on its raw, unfiltered honey, via a new line of syrups that combines honey with fruit purees. Nature Nate's honey syrups come in three flavors — raspberry, blueberry and strawberry — and make an excellent stand-in for your morning maple syrup, says owner Nathan Sheets.
"My own everyday breakfast was my inspiration," he says. "I would slather pancakes with fruit preserves then top with Nature Nate's honey. The combination of flavors was incredible."
Pancakes might be the most obvious use, but the honey syrups can be drizzled on ice cream or anywhere you'd like a touch of sweetness. Sheets suggests using it as a marinade, in salad dressing or as a topping on cheesecake.
Sheets got into the honey business when he bought a company called North Dallas Honey Co. in the late '90s. He bottles his products in a facility near McKinney; he gets the fruit purees from a company in Washington State.
The syrups put Nate's in line with some hot trends in the culinary world, including the rise of fruits and syrups/glazes. They're currently available online and at the Walmart at Park Boulevard and the Dallas North Tollway, with a goal to eventually roll them out into other stores. A 16-ounce bottle costs $9.