Smitten and Chico Honey Co. aren’t strangers but it’s time we shine a bigger light on them by telling their story!
Chico Honey prides itself on raising bees and strengthening bee colonies with their expert beekeepers. These happy bees end up producing the best quality honey you can find and it’s all easily traced back to the same hives in Orland, CA. They can trace their honey back to the exact field in which it came from! When other companies are buying mass quantities of honey and simply packaging it up to sell, Chico Honey owns the entire process, just as we do at Smitten with our ice cream. As partners, we are truly a match made in heaven!
Orland has been designated as the Queen Bee Capital of North America which means there is no better place on this continent to raise bees and produce honey. Chico Honey hosts their annual Hobby Day Bee Festival every April to push their mission forward of populating the planet with healthy hives for pollination and producing the purest honey to feed the world. The honey that comes from Chico Honey’s bees is only a byproduct of their main line of work which is producing premium queens and package bees for beekeepers across North America.
We proudly partner with Chico Honey Co. because of their high standards and commitment to excellence. The freshness of their honey is unparalleled and you can enjoy it in our new seasonal flavor, Bee Sting with Chico Honey Co.
We asked Chico Honey what the top three most important facts that the general public should know about bees/honey. Here’s what they told us:
- Bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of our food source
- Buying domestic, pure, and raw honey supports the health of our planet
- A healthy queen can strengthen a weak hive
How can you help?
Start by only buying domestic, pure, and raw honey of course! Not only will it taste better but it’s better for our planet. And after you’ve done that, come try Bee Sting! We infuse the unfiltered honey with a blend of four types of chilies, then combine it with our fresh milk and cream for a sweet and spicy honey ice cream that’s so delicious, we think it would make those hardworking bees proud.