Honey is the perfect treat this Halloween

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.

Spooky Sticky Varroa Mite Biscuits

Combine in a small saucepan and melt on a low heat:

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa

Take mixture off the heat and stir in:

  • 1/2 cup honey*
  • 1tsp vanilla

Meanwhile in a bowl combine:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut flakes

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:

  • Sprinkle with additional coconut flakes (optional)
  • Eyes - we suggest raisins or silver balls
  • Legs - we suggest black or red string licorice or pretzels
  • (or anything else appropriate in your pantry)

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.

Halloween celebrates the end of the harvest

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!