Vanilla Honey


Ordinary honey is magically transformed by gently infusing it with vanilla and other herbs and spices.

DIY Infused Honeys
Photo: Philip Friedman
Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
1 cup

Creating vanilla honey is a simple process, and almost any add-ins work. Sweet vanilla, bright basil, and fiery chili are a few of our favorites—and make lovely toppings for Mom’s morning yogurt, after-dinner ice cream, or cocktail hour cheese platter. 


  • 1 cup honey

  • 1 vanilla bean, split


  1. Add honey to a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla pod into the honey, and then the pod itself. Stir. Warm honey until it is loose and runny, about 6 minutes, but do not allow it to come to a boil. Remove pan from heat and and let cool for 15-20 minutes. (This allows the flavor to deepen.) Transfer honey to a glass jar.

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