We are going to try the microwave method as I do not have a candy thermometer. I just put sugar in a paper plate, squirt it with water and anise oil, and let it dry into a hard crust. My trip down Tootsie memory lane   has been one of my favorite posts, to date. What am I doing wrong? That was mine ;-)). I’m leaning toward trying to make hard candy/syrup by adding as little water as possible to a plate of sugar. Then I just slip the whole plate in the hive. How would you keep it from flowing out? You may also still be able to find the limited edition Chocolate Covered Sugar Babies. With seven hives, I do like the solid cakes, because I can tip up the moisture quilt with one hand, slip the cake in with the other, and let it back down. Fold in the Sugar Babies®. Bees love it. I agree with your thoughts on feeding sugar; that it is only for emergencies and granulated is as good as anything so why bother with making fondant etc. You can email a photo to me: rusty@honeybeesuite.com. I’ve been mulling over this since yesterday. Trust me on this. Slatted base Luckily for my teeth and my hips, I don’t see them around much anymore—but everytime I’m in the 99 cent store and see them, I buy them and eat them all myself. The chew is a little grainy at first because of the sugar shell, then becomes smooth with some nice buttery tones and burnt sugar flavors. I know of no studies that prove this but it makes sense to me. When I described the process, the young man shrugged, “Oh, just like making candy.” Yessss! 1. CUTE dog! walnuts, sugar, water, egg yolks, bread crumbs, cinnamon. You know them. It is non-discriminatory, encompassing both honey bees and wild bees. Please do not use my photos without prior permission directly from me, they represent what I ate in preparation for these reviews and are not to be used for other purposes. I like your idea, by the way, of the stacked boxes and feeder in between. I line the frame with parchment paper for ease of getting the sugar out once it has hardened. Sorry for the self promotion, but in the name of nostalgia:http://sugarsavvy.net/2006/03/07/oh_tootsie_of_yore/. There is nothing like that chewy sugar lockjaw, that mercury-filling-extracting, unintentional drool-producing goodness. For your enjoyment and education, here is the older Sugar Babies wrapper that I grew up with. Thanks for helping us new beekeepers. The closest relative of a North American native bee to make the list is the Tarantula Hawk Wasp, the state insect of New Mexico. I use anise oil for that purpose, but only a drop or two. Slatted rack – on top of snell board. However, I find that enough water condenses on the hard sugar from the bees’ respiration to dissolve it. You can put ten pounds of sugar in three cups of water or in five gallons of water—you will get the same thing in the end. What you feed your bees in winter should be based on what they need. Put a brick of sugar in a normally functioning hive and it will be rock-hard in a few days. This website is made possible by people like you. Works great. The non-native European Honey Bee is the state insect of: Not one native bee is a state insect. What was a booming hive turned into a drowned mess. Unless otherwise noted, all text and images appearing on HoneyBeeSuite.com are © Rusty Burlew 2009-2020 and may not be used without prior permission. 5. Personally, I now feed just plain old granulated sugar in a tray. But after a bunch of recent requests for a recipe, I decided to try again. A paper plate would work. The snell board has several openings but for this application only one opening used. All this for trying to successfully overwinter NUC’s I created this past summer when playing with grafting. While they’re cooling, I can lay cookie racks over them and more cakes on top, to clear counter space. Candyology 101 - Episode 35 - Whatchamacallit This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. cinnamon, bread crumbs, egg yolks, water, walnuts, sugar. But after a bunch of recent requests for a recipe, I decided to try again. Just a the name blazoned across it and the simple description “Delicious Candy Coated Milk Caramels.” Think of them as jelly beans with a heart of caramel. Do you also feed pollen patties along with fondant? Skip. It is supposed to be 37 degrees today so will get this candy into the hive this afternoon. I understand how hard candy is easier to add to a hive on a cold day, but I don’t think the format of the sugar makes much difference to the bees, does it? Pour into molds. You are truly a great help to the BEEKEEPING Community! Only problem with the cake recipe for me is, I need paper plates instead, and my Mom raised me crazy/frugal so I don’t use them in my house. Thank you, Vince. Rusty – the recipe couldn’t be more simple as you know. I make “your” sugar bricks. Suzanne Zigrang on 8/16/07 at 4:57 pm, Comment by So that’s what I think is happening. Candy Critic - an exhaustive site of candy reviews from Canada, Collecting Candy - Jason shares his immense collection of candy wrappers and historical perspective to confectionery, The Candy Enthusiast - Sera's intricate notes & fabulous pictures of candy from around the world, Candy Gurus - Matty, Scotty & Jonny put candy to the test - it can be harsh but all done with love, Candy Professor - Yes, a real professor writes about candy and its place in American history, Candy Yum Yum - Patti's thoughts on candy as a writer and professional taste tester, Chocablog - UK based group blog with chocolate reviews from all over Europe. I’ve probably read every one of your candy posts six times over, and it’s just now occurring to me that I should make cake instead of fondant next time. I might like to do something like that and am wondering about the setup. If you have an overload of moisture in a hive, even hard candy will melt. If I start by explaining that table sugar (or sucrose) is a disaccharide that you want to invert into a mixture of glucose and fructose by way of a hydrolysis reaction, you won’t remember. Even though I know what you are talking about in your blogs, I appreciate you taking the time and explaining things the way you do. Note to readers: Do use a candy thermometer! There is hope! I added raw sugar to my hives last year and the bees seemed to eat it up just as well as the hard candy. 5,333 suggested recipes. How to Make Spun Sugar 50 mins Ratings. Very cool. Deborah on 4/25/07 at 7:33 pm, Comment by I would love to see a photo (and maybe do a short post on this?). The candy bricks are simply sitting on top of the frames. Or rather – could it be that the sugar could be made harder by trying to get the stuff to a higher temperature? Sugar Candy Recipes Learn how to make hard sugar candy (with or without corn syrup) to make delicious lollipops and rock candy. I built two of them a few years ago and use them from time to time. The little morsels are rather soft. To make fondant or hard candy, you simply dissolve the sugar in the smallest amount of water possible and then cook it to drive the water back out. It is designed to be informative and fun, but also to remind readers that pollinators throughout the world are endangered. Cook 4 more minutes then let rest 3 minutes. Which seasonal candy selection do you prefer? For more on these temperatures, called stages, and for information about calibrating your thermometer, see my previous post, “Notes on cooking with sugar syrup.”. Rusty – I have three Warre NUC’s I am attempting to overwinter. Thus we have such names as house fly, blow fly, and robber fly contrasted with dragonfly, caddicefly, and butterfly, because the latter are not flies, just as an aphislion is not a lion and a silverfish is not a fish. Although they may seem small and insignificant, pollinators are vital to anyone who eats. Once I started using damp sugar instead of cooked sugar, I never looked back! Just yesterday I cooked my first batch of fondant and found your recipe and instructions perfect! I’ll for sure hold off until things are winter-like. Feeder rack – same one below They’re such simple little candies and complement a wide variety of snacks.