Okay, I didn’t see this one coming when I started the beekeeping thing! I now have “fondant” on the list of things (very short list of things) that I can produce in the kitchen. Although bees have lived on their own for thousands of years – actually much longer than that but, let’s not bring religion and politics into this – we now need to feed them fondant to help them over-winter. Strange – but kinda makes sense when you look at how we have changed their environment!
It was really a pretty simple process. 700 g of sugar, 100 ml of water, heat, stir, dispense and cool. Yes, some basic chemistry does come into play so you don’t convert the sugar into a host of different compounds that are bad for the bees (they don’t like caramelized sugar). You’re just turning sucrose into to monosaccharides, glucose and fructose, not heating it to make caramel!
My three little fondant cakes are now ready to serve on the top cover as the bees need them. 🙂