[1] Nugget, the honey bear gets a new job: as a drink holder, served in a rocks glass with a garnish of leaves (substitute something edible, like pineapple or cucumber spears). Concept from Sunday In Brooklyn, photo by Eric Medsker.

 

The honey bear bottle: so adorable that many people choose their honey just because of the container.

But what happens when the honey is gone? Before we saw this photo, we had no use—and no space—for the empty containers.

Although it can be used as a squeeze bottle for anything, we had enough squeeze bottles.

So our honey bears were recycled into the plastic trash.

After we saw this honey-accented cocktail served in a honey bear (photo #1), we had second thoughts, and looked online for a source for empty honey bear bottles. We found two companies that appear to have no minimum order:

  • Berlin Packaging
  • The Cary Company
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    Today, you can find honey bears in the original size that holds 8 ounces of honey (or other product), as well as 12-ounce and 24-ounce sizes.

     
    HONEY BEAR BOTTLE HISTORY

    While a patent for a honey bear bottle design was applied for several years earlier by Edward Rachins, the first honey bear was manufactured and sold in 1957 by Ralph and Luella Gamber, the founders of Dutch Gold Honey.

    They were looking for a unique container for their honey, and their design was an instant hit.

    The bottle has become so iconic, that in 2007, Dutch Gold held a naming contest for the honey bear. The Gamber family selected “Nugget” from among the entries [source].

    The honey bear has been used for other products. We’ve seen them with maple syrup, for example.

    And The Carey Company, manufacturers of the bottles, has a Pinterest page showing, among other things, empty bottles turned into:

  • Candy favors
  • Drink holders—especially for kids
  • Liquid bubble soap
  • Vases and more
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    So the next time you finish the honey in your Honey Bear, wash him and put him aside. When you have two empties, use them to serve a cocktail or mocktail to your “honey.”

      


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