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  1. #1
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    Default Queen Cage Candy

    I am going to try and raise a few queens this year and would like to know some of the recipes that are used in the queen cages. I noticed over the years when I bought queens some times the candy will be soft and other times hard (I figured the hard was old and starting to dry out). Confectioners sugar and _?

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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    corn syrup/liquid sugar, or your disease-free honey, mix it as thick as you can, even too thick and it will absorb the liquid sugar overnight and get thicker, it will absorb moisture especially with honey in the mix, so keep it sealed until use
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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    Circus Peanuts
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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    Would it need to be kept in the fridge or freezer in ziplock bags? Thanks for the info.

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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    It gets thicker in the fridge which is a benefit to me. If the water content is low, like honey, it will not go bad.
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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    My recipe:

    1-2 pound bag of confectioners sugar
    1 cup of invert syrup (Kelley)
    Heat syrup until hot
    Pour sugar in mixer
    Add hot syrup
    Mix with bread hook attachment
    Knead in whatever sugar remains
    Seal in zip locks, no freezing necessary.

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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    Thanks for the help everybody.

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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    Folks y'all are working WAY to hard...for a few queen cages the peanuts are the only way to go...
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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    Looks like Mike brought our little circus peanut thing out. It really does work pretty well in the JZ BZ plastic queen cage. We cross cut one into 6 pieces and roll them between your thumb and index finger into a tapered plug which you push from the inside out. It is quick and easy but most importantly gives a pretty consistent 3 day introduction. I have also tried mini marshmallows but found them to be a bit messier and occasionally queens still caged 2 weeks later. Have also tried gummy candies (don't go there). I have never tried circus peanuts in a wooden cage though. Not talking down the recipes here just something to remember if you are in a pinch.
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    Default Re: Queen Cage Candy

    Quote Originally Posted by Kingfisher Apiaries View Post
    Circus Peanuts
    Oh my, I've said it before the only thing better than those are those sugar coated orange wedges not for the queens though.....
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