Fondant for Bees

Fondant for Winter Feeding

Note:

I prefer to do this in small batches rather than tons at a time.  It is easier to maneuver, making it safer.  Remember this is HOT sugar syrup.  I use ½ of this for each hive, inside the space of a 2” shim, under the inner cover of the hive.

Ingredients

4 pounds cane sugar
1 pound water (2 cups) 
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
Optional:  Honey B Healthy, 2 tsp

Directions

  • Prepare 13”x9” baking pan by lining it with waxed paper (up the sides)
  • In large stainless steel pot, combine sugar, water and vinegar
  • Stir until fully combined
  • Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil (about 15  minutes)
  • Place candy thermometer in the mixture (don’t let it touch the bottom) and watch until the mixture gets to 236 degrees, soft boil stage, another 5 minutes
  • Once it hits this temperature, turn down heat slightly so the temperature stays at 236 degrees  and continue boiling for 5 more minutes
  • Turn off heat and let cool to 190 degrees (about 25 minutes)
  • Carefully pour into a mixer, (this is when you'd add Honey B Healthy, if desired) and mix for a few minutes until the mixture turns cloudy (don’t set the mixer too high or it will splatter and be dangerous) -- this step is very important to enable the fondant to harden
  • Let cool until the mixture is about 160 degrees
  • Gently pour into prepared baking pan
  • Let cool completely
  • Once cooled, you can cut the fondant into pieces to use inside your hives
  • The wax paper is okay to place inside the hive with the bees

 

From Karen Sabath, 2013, honeybeeswax.wordpress.com