This can be used as a Winter/Early Spring feed and is even used in preference to syrup feeding by some beekeepers. Ideal way to help provide insurance against colony starvation.
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For those beekeepers who have not yet used fondant as a bee feed the following extract of an article first published in the Welsh Beekeeper's Spring 2017 magazine is reproduced here by kind permission of the author Mr Wall Shaw.
Feeding Bees with Fondant
by Wally Shaw
The question as to whether it is a good idea to feed fondant to colonies seems to have echoed down the years and is still being asked today.
Many beekeepers adopt feeding fondant as a regular practice, often whether the bees actually need it or not, and despite the fact that no firm conclusion seems to have been reached about its safety -
I am sure that fondant made specifically for bees is safe and these are available under a range of trade names usually beginning with API-
The baker's fondants that can be purchased over the counter in supermarkets or from a baker are a bit of all unknown quantity. I have been unable to find out exactly how they are produced and this is probably because a range of methods are employed. Most seem to involve the same process as the api-
As usual, cost is a major factor and syrups produced by the use of acid and heat are often cheaper than those using the enzyme method. Those produced by acid and heat will inevitably have a high level of hydroxmethylfurfurol (HMF). This substance is toxic to bees, but is of no significance for human consumption. Baker's fondants may also contain other additives and these include flavours, starch, glycerine and some recipes include shortening (fats), none of which are suitable for bees.
Fondants made from recipes that appear in some beekeeping book and which involve the use of acid -
This warning about the use of fondant to feed bees was stimulated by reading a short article in a past edition of BeeCraft (December 1963 to be precise) -
I have tested invert-
The present tests were made as follows. Caged bees were supplied ad lib with water and with 75% sugar solution made from (1) enzyme-
In vitro (laboratory) experiments are notoriously difficult to translate into the real world, ie. what would actually happen in a hive. For example, in a hive, unless it is actually on the point of starvation, the fondant is unlikely to be the only source of food whereas in the cage experiment it was. This might mean that the effects of HMF ingestion would be less dramatic in the hive but it could still shorten the lives of some of the bees and during the spring build-
In summary I would advise you not to make your own fondant by any of the recipes that involve the use of acid and/or heat. If you want to use baker's fondant, try and find out how it was made and that does not contain any undesirable additives (and this probably includes any additives). You can safely use any of the fondants that are sold specifically for bees -