Bees need nectar in order for them to stay alive. If the bees do not have enough nectar, the beekeeper needs to feed the hive. When the nectar supply diminishes in the winter, the bees have difficulty feeding themselves. While you can feed syrup to the bees, the cold weather makes it difficult in the winter. A homemade fondant or sugar candy effectively feeds the bees and it keeps the hive healthy.
Things You'll Need
- 1 ½ cup water
- 2 tbsp. light corn syrup
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
- Candy thermometer
- Cookie sheet or baking pan
- Waxed paper
Bring the water to a full boil on the stove top in a saucepan.
Add the corn syrup, cream of tartar and sugar slowly. Stir the sugar water solution until the sugar dissolves.
Heat the mixture until it reaches 238 degrees F. Avoid stirring the mixture while it heats.
Remove the solution from the stove top. Allow it to cool until it feels slightly warm.
Stir the fondant solution until it thickens.
Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with waxed paper. Pour the fondant onto the cookie sheet.
Allow the fondant candy to harden. Break the fondant candy into small pieces.
Tips & Warnings
- Try offering your bees dry granulated sugar if you do not have the supplies to make fondant.
- Avoid feeding dark corn syrup to the bees because it contains molasses, which will harm the bees.
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