Costco Vonbee Honey, Citron & Ginger Tea Base Review

Comforting tea to have on hand for COVID, cold & flu season!

Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. However, I was given a free sample of this product to review. The opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.

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With it getting colder it’s time to have more warm comforting beverages like hot chocolate, tea and apple cider! There’s a product at Costco I’ve seen for a while and have wanted to try and today I’m reviewing it on the blog. The Costco Vonbee Honey, Citron & Ginger Flavoured Tea Base.

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I used this to make tea and also tried it as a marmalade. As a marmalade it’s delicious on toast, plain scones or English muffins. It’s wonderful as a tea. There’s a strong lemon and citrus flavor and a ton of warmth coming from the ginger, this is also quite sweet and you can taste the honey. It’s got bits of citrus peel in it which I personally love but if you don’t want citrus peel in your tea you could use a strainer. You can add more or less than the recommended three teaspoons to make your desired tea strength.

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I paid $11.99 Canadian for this massive 2.2 kg jar. It’s a really big jar so that price seems reasonable!


You can use this to make hot or cold tea or you can use it as a marmalade or to make salad dressings. The best before date is almost two years from the date I purchased the tea. To make tea you just add three teaspoons of this to a cup of hot water and mix.

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Three teaspoons is 50 calories, 12 grams of sugar, 15 mg of sodium, 13 grams of carbohydrates and zero grams of fat. Lemon and ginger are known to help with digestion, healing and have anti-inflammatory effects.

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This jar is going to last me FOREVER! It will be perfect during the cold and flu season and the tea makes a super comforting cozy drink to have when feeling a little chilled.

Taste: 8/10

Cost: 8/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 4/10

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27 thoughts on “Costco Vonbee Honey, Citron & Ginger Tea Base Review”

  1. Lol, in Australia the package currently does not mention using it on toast or even bread or as salad dressing, it only says it is TEA . lol.

    Its marmalade, Costco, its tastes like marmalade, its jelly like marmalade, why not just call it marmalade ?? Call it Marmalade, and put “MAKE Marmalade Tea!” as the second line ?

    • Costco did not manufacture the item. It simply is bringing it to you from VonBee. I dislike marmalade, however I enjoy this as a tea. I prefer it strained.

  2. I tried a sample of this at Costco and liked it. I bought it and once it’s refrigerated it becomes clumpy and doesn’t dissolve easily to make tea.

  3. Me encanta con sparkling water, , solo 2 cds. Hielo y a disfrutar bebida muy refrescante me fascina pero ya se me esta terminando y no e podido encontrar en otra tienda.

  4. I wonder if you can use this somehow as a base sweetener in cooking and baking. It tastes great and maybe it could be adapted to some type of honey ginger cookie recipe.

    • Its contains ZERO black tea or green tea . Black and green tea , “cha” is the leaf of the specific camelia (camelia sisensis .. which means asian camelia. ),

      There is no tea leaf or tea leaf extract in this.

      It is marmalade, with citrus and ginger flavours, in jelly aka jam form
      ) .
      Why is it even labelled TEA ? you can use any jam to make a tea, but it is really going to be marmalade flavoured tea, why not call it marmalade ???

  5. We have tried to duplicate this recipe using non gmo things and stevia with honey. It was good but their conveniently prepared container full is so tempting.

    One might consider this a treat…

  6. I have been buying this for some time now but today I checked for this at my Costco in Altamonte Springs, Florida and they said it has been deleted and none of the stores in central Florida have any left!

  7. I love the flavor and many uses of the honey citron & ginger tea. I was very disappointed in the fact that high fructose corn syrup was in the ingredients!! I am so used to Costco’s high standards and the fact that they carry a lot of organic foods. I did not read the label till so was putting it on my French toast!! I was all ready to share this big jar with my children so they might want to purchase it also but will not now as that tells me it is a GMO product. Sad for me.

      • Joy made it clear that she believes that the corn syrup used is highly likely to be from GM corn. The package makes no claim that its not. She is right, imports of corn products to South korea would be highly likely to be from GM corn, as it comes from India, USA, or Brazil ??

        However you are correct to question the logic of the complaint, as I see that Brazil grows GMO cane sugar, and the stevia crop could very well be GMO too. So for any plant sugar or sweetener, it would likely be GMO unless the producers specifically ordered and used nonGM products – they would probably label that if they went to that expense. Or they could use the chemical sweeteners saccharin or aspartame…


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