Mike's Hot Honey

Brooklyn,  NY 
United States
  • Booth: 7771

Sweet Heat! Honey Infused with Chilies.

About our product:

Mike’s Hot Honey is a chili pepper-infused honey and, quite possibly, the world’s most
versatile condiment. Our sweet and spicy Hot Honey is a delicious pairing with a wide
variety of foods including pizza, chicken, ribs, biscuits, salads, fruits, cheeses and even
ice cream. Also useful in cocktails and marinades, Mike’s Hot Honey is a dynamic
condiment made with the heat-lover in mind.

Established in Brooklyn, NY in 2011, Mike’s Hot Honey is made with raw honey
harvested from apiaries in New York and New Jersey. We are proud to support local
beekeepers and their hives.

Our Story:

The origin of Mike’s Hot Honey goes back to 2003, when founder Michael Kurtz was first
introduced to the concept of chili pepper-infused honey while living in Brazil. Upon his
return to the States in 2004, Mike began experimenting with honey infusions and created
his first batch of chili pepper-infused honey which he aptly named Mike’s Hot Honey.
Mike continued to hone this recipe and, for the next several years, enjoyed making small
batches of Hot Honey for his own personal use and for family and friends. He especially
enjoyed drizzling the spicy honey on his favorite food: pizza.

In the summer of 2010, Mike’s passion for pizza brought him to the, then recently
opened, Brooklyn pizzeria Paulie Gee’s. While having his first pie from Paulie’s woodburning
oven, Mike met the restaurant’s owner Paul Giannone. The two quickly struck up
a conversation about all things pizza. Recognizing a shared passion for pizza, Paulie
invited Mike in to become a pizza apprentice at the restaurant and soon thereafter, Mike
began working at Paulie Gee’s, learning the art of pizza making.

A few weeks into his apprenticeship, Mike brought in a bottle of his Hot Honey for Paulie
to try on a pizza. Impressed with the homemade concoction, Paulie asked Mike to make
enough Hot Honey for the restaurant to use on top of their pies. Later that week, Mike
began making small batches of chili-infused honey for the pizzeria. Frequently, while
making pizzas at the restaurant, customers would make requests for to-go containers of
Mike’s Hot Honey. Eventually, the demand for Mike’s signature honey grew so great that
it was only natural to go into business sharing this special treat with the rest of the world
and thus Mike's Hot Honey, Inc. was born.

Today Mike’s Hot Honey serves retailers and restaurants in the borough of Brooklyn and
beyond with Mike’s original recipe, chili pepper-infused honey.

For a nice overview of Mike's Hot Honey, check out our recent profile on CBS News.

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