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    Default This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    When beekeepers talk about "fondant" they're not referring to some small can of flavored/colored cake material. When purchased, a 50 pound block looks like this:



    The list of ingredients is fairly short:



    If made at home it looks something like this:



    Note: Fondant is not granular in texture...
    Last edited by BeeCurious; 02-02-2013 at 04:03 PM. Reason: Fondant is not granular in texture...
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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    The best way to cut it is with a clean flat edge garden spade,with the block of fondant on a large piece of cardboard on the floor. Just slice off a piece of 5-10# and bag it in a plastic bag .Slice off a 1-2# strip of the bag before you put it over the cluster/top bars. This keeps it from getting rock hard and easier for the bees to eat.
    This came from Murray Macgregor in Ireland via Bee-L a few years back. Beats cutting it with a knife or hive tool in the beeyard.
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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    Beecurious, just curious, how much does a 50 pound block cost, and did you pick it up or ship it?

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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian Quiney WI View Post
    Beecurious, just curious, how much does a 50 pound block cost, and did you pick it up or ship it?
    I have a 35 minute drive to Yonkers, NY to pick it up. I bought fondant last year and I don't remember the price, but it was roughly double the cost of Costco sugar.
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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    BeeCurious, it cuts easier with a flat shovel.

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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    I have a 35 minute drive to Yonkers, NY to pick it up. I bought fondant last year and I don't remember the price, but it was roughly double the cost of Costco sugar.
    Can you tell us where in NY- Will be traveling there more regularly. At one point I thought I found a supply place in Elmsford... (?)
    Down this way, available at Ruhl bakery supply near Baltimore http://www.grruhl.com/ (very specific hours for pick up) or another friend goes to Lancaster, PA.
    Used to be $35 for 50 pound box, but I'm sure that has gone up. So much easier than trying to make though.
    Too bad we can't get the nicely packaged 5 pound bags available in Denmark and the UK here.
    karla

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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    it cuts easier with a flat shovel.
    This block had a major meltdown in the back of a truck during the summer so it flattened out a bit and stayed that way until we got to it in January
    Still even in this form, much easier to cut with a straight shovel. A piece of scrap wood under plastic tarp.

    karla

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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    BeeCurious, it cuts easier with a flat shovel.
    A flat shovel apparently cuts fondant efficiently.

    For the occasional / recreational user, I suspect that a piano wire would cut the fondant pretty well. Attached to pieces of wooden dowels or broomstick, a nice little "Fondant Garrotte" would store away easily in a Zip-Lock bag.
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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    Yeah, I tried that, too. The slabs tend to glue themselves together as you cut them.


    Quote Originally Posted by BeeCurious View Post
    A flat shovel apparently cuts fondant efficiently.

    For the occasional / recreational user, I suspect that a piano wire would cut the fondant pretty well. Attached to pieces of wooden dowels or broomstick, a nice little "Fondant Garrotte" would store away easily in a Zip-Lock bag.

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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    Bob Hack made a simple fondant guillotine that looks like a pretty slick way to cut a block:
    http://vimeo.com/19594064

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    Default Re: This is what Fondant looks like, (Baker's Fondant).

    Simpson's has it listed in the 2013 catalog for $58 for a 50 lb box: http://www.simpsonsbeesupply.com/

    Tom

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