Bee candy is a convenient way to feed hungry bees in the spring and fall. This can be made ahead of time and stored for months in an air-tight container. Here’s how to make it…

  1. In a two-quart glass measuring cup, combine three parts of granulated sugar with one part corn syrup.


  2. Microwave on high for one minute, and then stir using a flat metal knife — it is easier to wipe the goo from a knife than from a spoon.
  3. Repeat the one-minute microwave-and-stir process until the contents become a smooth liquid with an orange hue.


  4. Lightly coat an ice cube tray with cooking spray, and then pour the hot liquid into the tray. You may have to experiment with different brands of ice cube trays until you find one that doesn’t melt during this step. Beiter’s in downtown Danville sells “sports bottle” ice cube trays, $1 each, which work great.


  5. After the liquid cools and hardens, pop the bee candy cubes from the trays.

Feed this candy to your bees by placing directly on top of the frames, below your inner cover.

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