during a lockdown not too far ago..
in the beginning
We soon found out why; it’s really hard! But yet we persisted…
Sweet Sting was perfected over months of trial and error, relentlessly tested on our very patient friends, families, and random barbeque guests. We experimented with 9 chilli varieties until we found the perfect mix of heat and flavour to add a spicy infusion to our locally sourced honey.
Six months later we took a giant leap of faith on our first factory production run, with only one Wholesale order to fill. We knew it might take years to move our stock but we believed in our product. Luckily for us, people who knew far more than us about food believed in it too, we were back in the factory only a few months later.
Sweet Sting is an Auckland-based duo of food adventurers, Chris and Dan.
Rich in DIY enthusiasm but low in experience, we stumbled into the food game after another lockdown business didn't quite pan out (long story). Inspired by international trends, we wondered why no one else in New Zealand had developed a honey-based hot sauce, especially since we produce some of the best honey in the world.
our 4 millionth trial batch...
From that one product; now fondly known as Sweet Sting OG, we started thinking outside the box to other condiments which could benefit from a dash of Sweet Sting. And along that journey we discovered a real purpose to what we do.
Sweet Sting is on a mission to inject some life into a product that goes with a lot more than just toast and muesli. We’re passionate about elevating natural, nutritious New Zealand honey, making it more interesting and helping local apiarists and growers get fair prices for their produce. We’ve also become aware of just how many other sauces are packed with refined sugar, additives and preservatives which honey just doesn’t need.
We’re pretty excited about where we’ve come, and we’re just getting started, constantly developing new products with no refined sugar and a naturally sourced, locally made promise. Thanks for coming along on our journey.