This candy board recipe is provided by VP Queen Bees.
This type of supplemental feeding is extremely effective when colonies can break cluster and get up to the candy board to feed. Commonly used for build-up, this feeding method could also be used to supplement heavy fall feeding with 2:1 syrup.
The stirring and cooling are essential for the candy to form. If the mix does not “candy” and is clear, one may re-heat it and try again.
WARNING: DO NOT LET THE MIX CARAMELIZE BY OVERHEATING. Caramelized mix can be deadly to feeding bees.
- 20 pounds granulated sugar
- 1 pound powdered sugar
- 46 oz Water
- *** 2 oz MegaBee pollen substitute (dissolved in ~4 oz water) (we have also used 4 oz with no problem)
- 2 oz honey (preferably yours)
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
- Pinch of aromatic spice mixture (cinnamon, allspice, etc)
- Heat water to about 200F.
- Add granulated sugar; stir to mix
- Heat to 210F
- Cool in cold water bath
- Add powdered sugar
- Add honey, lemon juice and incorporate
- *** Add pollen substitute slurry and incorporate
- When mix has cooled to 200, begin stirring
- Put into cold water bath and continue stirring
- As soon as mix “clouds up” and thickens, pour.
(Can be poured into inverted inner-covers but may be poured into shallow baking sheets lined with wax or newspaper. When hardened but still warm, lightly score to make suitable sized rectangles–these may be placed directly over the cluster).
- *** Optional Adding in pollen substitute is more appropriate for when one wants their colonies to build-up i.e. in the early Spring.
- Honey source should be known and disease free.