Happy Halloween from our Flow families to yours.
Honey’s better than sugar, everyone knows that, right? Here’s our recipe for something scary to give little beekeepers this Halloween: Spooky Sticky Varroa Mites.
If you have a Flow Hive hybrid, you can even cut some fresh honeycomb for your tiny, ghoulish guests.
Combine in a small saucepan and melt on a low heat:
Take mixture off the heat and stir in:
Meanwhile in a bowl combine:
Pour melted ingredients over oat mixture and combine well.
Scoop with a tablespoon onto a cookie sheet and shape into spooky varroa mites.
Varroa Mite decoration:
Refrigerate until firm.
Then enjoy biting their heads off or sharing with your visiting Trick or Treaters.
* It’s important to minimise heating honey as this ensures it retains it’s incredible health properties.
The origins of Halloween go back to ancient Ireland where, more than 2,000 years ago, 31 October was the end of the year. It’s interesting to note that, not unlike our Northern Hemisphere beekeepers, the ancient Celts used this date to mark the end of autumn and harvest time and make predictions of what was about to come in the long, dark winters ahead.
Halloween was also a time that, for one night only, the worlds of the living and the dead came together and ghosts returned to earth. Today’s version of Halloween has evolved from this into the spooky, trick or treating, candy collecting celebration we see today.
The size of Halloween celebrations varies greatly from country to country, however at its core, the present-day format marks a day where families and neighbours come together with excited children at the core. Whether you personally celebrate or not, it’s a great excuse to get to know or reconnect with your local community.
We all know honey is a lot healthier than the processed, sugary sweets we buy in bulk to fill the bags of tiny door-knocking ghosts and vampires. So if you’re hosting a kids party or preparing a tray of treats to hand out to local families this Halloween, you can have fun creating healthier delights using honey from your harvests!