The Honey Experiment


This is a drawing I made of a honey bee and a bee hive.
Then we made it fancy in photoshop! 🙂

We went to the farmer’s market the other day and bought a jar of honey.  Well we thought it was honey!  It said it was honey.  But it tasted funny!  So that’s why we decided to try “The Honey Experiment”.

We got 3 kinds of honey.


These are the 3 kinds of honey we got for the experiment – well the jars that said it was honey.

One of these things just doesn’t belong here
Two of these things are kind of the same
Can you tell which one of these doesn’t belong here
Now it’s time to play our game

The Experiment:

We heard that if you swirl water over something that looks like honey it will forms shapes that look like honeycomb in the honey.  If it’s not real honey it won’t do anything and will look just like a blob of goo.

  1. Looked at the honey
  2. Smelled the honey
  3. Tasted the honey
  4. Swirled water around over the honey
  5. Looked at the honey again and questioned: Does it look like a honeycomb to you?  Did it change in pattern or shape?

Here is our first jar up!  Miel De Bosque Native Organico

First we poured it in a bowl:


Here’s what it looks like:


  1. It looks like honey: light golden yellowish with some bubbles
  2. It smells like honey
  3. It tastes like honey

Then we swirled water over it:


And after a few swirls it looked like this!


Honeycomb shapes formed right away!


Morelli Miel pura de Abeja 100% Natural


I put this one in the bowl:


A bit mess so I had to clean the jar:


Here’s what it looks like:


  1. It looks like honey: dark yellowish brownish with some bubbles
  2. It smells like honey
  3. It tastes like honey

We poured water over it:


Then we swirled water over it:


And after a few swirls it looked like this!


Doesn’t it look like honeycomb shapes?  Yup!


miel (that’s all it says about it 😉 )


We poured it in a bowl:


This is what it looked like:


  1. It looks like honey: medium brown with some bubbles but it doesn’t really pour like honey or spread like honey…
  2. It smells like burnt sugar
  3. It tastes like not really honey – sort of different – it made us wonder

We poured water over it:


We swirled it around:


And this is what it looked like – even after a long time of trying:


It still has the hole there where the water was poured on it.  It didn’t change a single bit.

So there is a difference between the two things that say they are honey and the one thing that says it is honey.  Because after this experiment we decided Jar 3 is definitely not honey.

Try this at your house to see if you have real honey!


  1. If honey and fake honey is mixed will this still work or not as much?
  2. Why does honey form into shapes of honeycombs when it’s swirled around in the water?
    • I say: the pollen in the honey remembers it’s shape is a honeycomb
    • Louisa says: because the comb is made of wax and the honey remembers its shape
    • Mom says: because there is pollen in honey and when you swirl it the pollen gathers together in a swirly pattern

    Is anybody right?  What is the real answer?

  3. Is there really any difference between organic honey and regular honey?  Bees fly all over the place so what is the difference in the honey?  Is it how the bee keepers look after the hives?  Let us know!

Hope you enjoyed our experiment!  See you!

Posted on June 7, 2013, in experiements and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. rebecca thalmann

    I just read the blog! Great experiment! Keep up the studies on bees! We had 43 hives going into the winter and now have only 4???? About organic honey—I would say that the only way to have organic honey is that the hive is in the middle of an organic field and there is 1 km of that field aroung the hive. Bees only go 1 km from the hive. You might be able to find this on really really big organic farms! Government standards may have more to do with the way that the bees are cared for.

  2. rebecca thalmann

    ACTUALLY upon further questioning….Bees fly at least 3 km from the hive….and perhaps further. It is pretty much impossible to control whether or not they take nectar from a plant treated with herbicide or pesticide.

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