What Cheese Goes Best With Honey: 7 Tasty Pairings

May 26, 2022 | Pairing Guides

We’ve put together a list of cheeses that go well with honey. We have options like brie, blue cheese, goat cheese, and more. Honey is a great product from bees. It’s packed with a lot of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are great for our health. Honey isn’t only healthy but it tastes pretty amazing too.

Honey is a naturally sweet liquid substance that has been around since life was created. It’s a byproduct of bees who work hard to keep their colony healthy and safe and then in return, they’re able to cross-pollinate flora and create this very delicious and healthy sweet syrup.

If you didn’t know yet, “I love honey day” is an occasion that is celebrated annually. This is celebrated every 18th of December and it’s just dedicated to honey and those who absolutely adore honey.

Why is honey so good and important?

Honey is made by bees by simply being wonderful creatures of the Earth. Bees collect nectar from flowers and other flora and then they digest and regurgitate the nectar then eventually turns into honey.

Honey is rich with antioxidants and it’s even an antiseptic. This special and sweet byproduct of bees is not only beneficial for our guts but also to the largest organ of the human body, the skin. Honey is used for both food and medicinal purposes.

Honey could have plenty of different tasting notes depending on the kind of flora that was around the beehive. Honey’s taste could range from floral, fruity, woody, smoky, spicy, nutty, and many more. It’s great with different kinds of food but what stands out the most to us is pairing it with cheese.

Honey and cheese have always been paired together to serve as a starter or dessert.

We’ve come up with a list of cheeses that would go well with honey on any occasion.


1. Brie

Brie is a French cheese that is buttery, creamy, and mild in flavor. It’s a soft cheese that could easily melt in hot places so that also means that it’s great for melting.

You could make a brie cake with honey or serve slices of it with honey on top. Brie is a gem to have for starters with a light wine. It’s also a great dessert to have with Moscasto, honey, and nuts after a rich meal.


2. Camembert

Camembert is another French cheese that is a little more rustic in flavor and texture from Brie. Both Camembert and Brie taste similar to each other but Camembert usually comes in smaller wheels.

We absolutely love baking smaller wheels of Camembert in honey with some almond slivers. Once the Camembert is soft, you could scoop it with crackers together with the honey and nuts. It’s an absolutely sweet, delicious, and easy start to wow your friends with.

blue cheese

3. Blue Cheese

Blue cheese is a pungent cheese that has notes of spice and saltiness. The spice comes from the “molds” of the cheese and the saltiness comes from the base.

It’s a great cheese to have with honey because the honey balances its strong flavors. Blue cheese comes in many different forms. Italy has gorgonzola, France has roquefort, Spain has cabrales, and many more. All kinds are great with honey and wine. Throw in some nuts and crackers into the picture and you have yourself a great snack.

Parmigiano Reggiano

4. Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmigiano Reggiano is the benchmark for amazing parmesan cheese. It’s a fantastic kind of cheese to have alone or to mix into dishes. Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is the more expensive version of Parmesan and we’re telling you, it tastes great.

It’s so good that you could simply slice a piece and dip it in honey, and you’d end up as a happy camper. We live serving sticks of Parmigiano Reggiano with honey and aged balsamic vinegar together.

Goat Cheese

5. Goat Cheese

Goat cheese isn’t for everyone but it’s adored by many. Unlike other cheeses, goat cheese is earthy, grassy, tangy, sometimes sharp, and sometimes mild. It’s great to slice the semi-firm version of goat cheese and pan-sear it.

It’s perfect to serve on top of a bed of fresh greens. We absolutely love serving soft goat cheese with honey and even drizzling honey over pan-seared salty goat cheese. The sweetness of the honey cuts through the earthiness of the cheese.


6. Ricotta

Ricotta is an Italian cheese that is soft and crumbly, almost looking like curdled custard. It’s a very easy kind of cheese to prepare at home. It is mild in flavor and almost sweeter than it is salty.

Ricotta is often turned into desserts in Sicily and the rest of Italy. It could also be turned into a spread for toast. Whichever way you prefer to have it, there’s one thing in common and that is that it’s great with honey.

We absolutely love honey on ricotta because it enhances the mild flavor of the cheese and the honey stands out in a way that isn’t too overwhelming.


7. Cheddar

Cheddar is a mild American cheese that is often used in making grilled cheese sandwiches and other sandwich dishes like burgers.

Although it has that reputation of being the base of anything cheesy and fun, cheddar creates sophisticated pairings with honey, nuts, dried fruits, and delicious wine.

The mild flavor of this American cheese is balanced by the sweetness and perhaps some tart notes from the honey. It creates a beautiful mixture in your mouth.


Hey there! I'm Isabel. I love cooking, dogs, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good flavorful food, to share with family and friends.



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