Bee Fondant cube is a bulk 90 10 fondant (sugar to corn syrup) or select the pre-made 1 pound winter bee fondant patties wrapped in wax paper. If your honey bees are running low on stored food consider using fondant for bee feeding as an alternate to raw sugar, candy slabs, winter patties, etc. Great feed item for bees during winter as it has lots of carbohydrates in an easy to deliver form. No protein has been added to this winter fondant feed and this is a very clean food which minimizes gut buildup so requires less cleansing flights. If you need room at the top of the hive you can utilize spacing shims or winter inner covers to add a “gap” which allows the fondant to be placed.
Options for winter fondant for bees:
- Help the bees in immediately fueling / generating the energy they need
- Great for emergency winter feeding when colonies have run low on honey
- The 90 10 fondant for bees is available in 50 pound blocks ( approx 12.5″ x 9.5″ x 10″ )
- Can be formed into custom patty shapes for easy install in the hive
- Thickness of the patties can be adjusted as you slice the cube
- Also available is custom “ready to place” 1 pound blocks with an easy to handle wax paper wrapper (the bees will eat through the wrapper so no need to remove it)
How to make 50lb cube – bee fondant recipe?
A bee fondant cube is formed by supersaturating water with sucrose. More than twice as much sugar dissolves in water at the boiling point than at room temperature. After the sucrose dissolves, if the solution is left to cool undisturbed, the sugar remains dissolved in a supersaturated solution until nucleation occurs.
While the solution is supersaturated, if a cook puts a seed crystal (undissolved sucrose) into the mix, or agitates the solution, the dissolved sucrose crystallizes to form large, crunchy crystals (which is how rock candy is made). However, if the cook lets the solution cool undisturbed and then stirs it vigorously, it forms many tiny crystals, resulting in a smooth-textured fondant.
How to use 90 10 bee fondant?
- The bee fondant cube can be formed into smaller cubes or others shapes for easy storage
- Utilize the fondant knife for cutting through the blocks and then form into your own patties or slabs
- Store cut pieces in zip lock bags to retain moisture while being transported or stored
- The bee fondant patties should be placed directly over the cluster on top of the frames so the bees have direct access to the food
- Placing wax paper down under the fondant slab helps retain moisture and keep the patty from drying out
- The 90 10 fondant will have a tendency to absorb excess moisture and become very soft which the bees can easily eat
- The wax paper helps to keep overly wet patties from dripping down onto the bee cluster
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