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ABF E-Buzz — March 2018

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Welcome to ABF E-Buzz

by Tim Tucker, ABF Past President and ABF E-Buzz Editor

"I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
- William Wordsworth, Daffodils
Welcome back!
I hope that this finds your Daffodils blooming and the whole array of flowers and trees that signal the beginning of spring. We are beginning to see the big fields of Henbit and Chickweed that take over the soybean and wheat fields that didn’t get worked up this winter. I always like seeing the pollen coming in from these plants and the redbuds that will bloom in a few weeks!

One of the things that I would like to focus on this year in the E-Buzz is to keep you up to date on what the ABF does for all beekeepers and our honey bees! We have been a supporter of the Honey Bee Health Coalition since it started at the request of one of our past President, George Hansen. The ABF donates each year to the cause and feels that it is money well spent. George has been actively involved and provides leadership from the industry at his expense and time to make sure that our voice is heard and considered when decisions are made by the group. I have been involved at a few meetings and our current VP Joan Gunter has also been actively involved in the meetings and conference calls. You can go online and visit their website at: https://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/ I would highly recommend that you download the Varroa Management Guide for assisting you in your treatments and analysis of your varroa problem. It is a great help! The Tools for Varroa Management Guide, is now in its sixth edition and has been downloaded by thousands of beekeepers across the United States and Canada — and as far away as New Zealand.
Recently the Coalition announced that it has joined forces with a team of 12 scientists to secure more than $475,000.00 in grant funds from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to facilitate the testing of chemical compounds that could help beekeepers more effectively treat Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) infestations. This funding, matched by participants and industry members to provide more than $1 million in total support, also will document how mites develop resistance to such treatment. It is the hope of the group to provide development and testing of new compounds that will better help beekeepers manage Varroa mite infestation. Principle Investigator Steven Cook, Research Entomologist, USDA-ARS, Bee Research Lab. “We look forward to sharing the results of these efforts and support beekeepers’ efforts to implement integrated pest management strategies.”

“The funding will support the identification, lab testing, and field testing over the next three years of “orphaned” chemical compounds that have known acaricidal (miticide) activity but have not been specifically tested against Varroa mites. Many of these compounds are trapped in a bottleneck where the costs of testing and commercializing them are too steep for testing, effectively leaving them on the shelf.”

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research grant will provide crucial support for this $1.1 million effort, which is championed by a wide array of national and international public, private, and NGO organizations, including USDA-ARS, University of Nebraska, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Department (Canada), University of Georgia, Universität de Valencia (Spain), Ohio State University, and Auburn University. “Varroa mites are rapidly adapting to treatments beekeepers currently use. This project will not only address this growing problem, but also break the bottleneck that has formed around compounds we already know can treat mites,” said Jennifer Berry, University of Georgia, Honey Bee Lab. “We’re excited to work together with our partners across the world as we strive to cooperatively address the persistent problem of Varroa infestations.”

So, I hope that you will consider visiting the site and that you find it useful and if you have a few dollars, you might send them either their way or ours as I am sure we will continue to participate heavily in this effort as well as the many other ways the ABF supports the industry.

This month, you will find that we have another update from our president Tim May on our new “ABF Quarterly” and our VP Joan Gunter updates you on The Declaration of Added Sugars on Honey Labeling and Guidance and the new “Seedalegacy” program from the Bee and Butterfly Habitat Group. Anna Kettlewell has an update on the Honey Queen Program and where these young ladies have been promoting honey already around country. We also have lots of news this month in our Buzzmakers section and a great new Honey Recipe. I hope you enjoy your time here and if there’s something you would like to see added in the future, please drop me an email to tuckerb@hit.net.

Thanks again and we hope to see you regularly!
Tim Tucker


President's Greeting 

by Tim May, ABF President

The weather has finally started to turn here in the upper Midwest and spring is right around the corner. It has been a long and cold winter in Illinois and Wisconsin, but the bees are beginning to fly once again, at least the ones that survived. According to many Wisconsin and northern Illinois beekeeper’s losses are once again high. Many have reported greater than 50-60% losses. Several long sustained cold spells did not help the smaller clusters.Even with a rough winter, spring is an exciting time for beekeepers. Checking overwintered bees for the first time may not be gratifying or encouraging, but it is always exciting. Contrary to what has been published lately regarding a better outlook for bees, annual losses remain or sometimes exceed the past few devastating years.

Bees are being pulled out of the California almonds and an increase in vandalism and theft is very concerning. The bees in pollination must have done fairly well as there seems to be an abundance of colonies for sale.

The new “ABF Quarterly” has hit your mailbox. There are many new features including educational and research updates. Dr. Roger Hoopingarner has answered a variety of bee related questions in the “Ask Hoopie” column. If you would like to ask Roger a question for a future issue, please send it to info@abfnet.org with “Ask Hoopie” in the subject line. 

I hope you all enjoy the new magazine and find it to be a good resource for your beekeeping knowledge. If you have any ideas or concerns regarding the new format, please let me know. I will be happy to discuss it with you and our “ABF Quarterly” committee.

Government Relations

by: Joan Gunter, ABF Vice President

Things are buzzing along in Mississippi. Like most of you, we have experienced weather swings that affect the growth of our colonies. One thing I have learned is that beekeepers are resilient. We continue and create from the impossible. 

Government Relations now:
The Declaration of Added Sugars on Honey Labeling and Guidance has been in discussion within the industry this week. The FDA has tried to fix their version of their label by adding an obelisque or a fancy mark, that if researched by the consumer will lead to further explanation of what is in honey. The FDA has opened a 60- day comment period which was published on March 2nd. Submit your comments to: https://www.regulations.gov before April 29th. The current extension date for compliance is 2020 for companies that sell more than 10 million dollars of product and 2021 for smaller companies.

The Bee and Butterfly Habitat is introducing “Seed A Legacy” program. This program covers KS, IL, IN, IA, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD and WI. For more information on this program visit http://beeandbutterflyfund.org/habitat-programs/seed-a-legacy-program. Applications will be accepted to enroll private, public, and corporate lands with a minimum of 2.0 acres. The program offers free or discounted seed to be used in plantings for pollinators including butterflies and bees.
Thanks to all who commented to the EPA on your bee losses. Let’s hope this works. Remember to keep reporting at beekill@epa.gov. All reports will be read.

Diana Cox Foster is calling for pollen samples. She will use your samples to determine the actual levels of exposure of bees to OSS in many crops and across time. If interested, contact Diana at Diana.Cox-Foster@ars.usda.gov.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCA) is a hot issue. We have been promised a decision soon. The livestock industry is applying pressure for change and we are fortunate to have them in our corner. On Friday, March 9, a petition was filed to ask for another 90- day waiver. It is our hope that the agency will give us this delay.

Jenny Durant, a Ph.D. student from Berkeley University, is asking commercial beekeepers to fill out a survey called “Almond Pollinator Survey 2018”. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. You will remain anonymous. Help her out and give it a try. The link is available within the E-buzz

Bee Educated: Conversation with A Beekeeper is Back

Upcoming Sessions:


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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

Emily Brown, MD Queen Bee


How to Taste and Evaluate Honey: Matching Flowers to Flavors

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

8:00 p.m. ET/ 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AKST / 2:00 p.m. HST

Amina Harris, Director; UC Davis Honey and Pollination Center

Registration Links will be posted to the website under the Education and Events Tab.

*Sign in to your ABF account to access the page. For questions regarding logging in please email us at info@abfnet.org PRIOR to the webinars*



CORRECTED: Secretary Perdue Statement on Extension of Agriculture Exemption from ELD Mandate 





(Washington, D.C., March 13, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao for her announcement of an additional 90-day extension of the agriculture exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate. Agricultural compliance with the mandate would have been problematic for the agriculture industry because the devices do not accurately account for the agricultural exemptions currently provided in the law. 

The ELD rule went into effect in December 2017, with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) granting the agriculture industry an initial exemption that was set to expire on March 18, 2018.  With the granting of another extension, the agriculture industry will now have additional time to comply.

Secretary Sonny Perdue issued the following statement:

“The ELD mandate imposes restrictions upon the agriculture industry that lack flexibility necessary for the unique realities of hauling agriculture commodities. If the agriculture industry had been forced to comply by the March 18 deadline, live agricultural commodities, including plants and animals, would have been at risk of perishing before they reached their destination. The 90-day extension is critical to give DOT additional time to issue guidance on hours-of-service and other ELD exemptions that are troubling for agriculture haulers.”

“Current ELD technologies do not recognize the hours-of-service exemptions for agriculture that are in federal law. This is a classic example of a one-size-fits-all federal regulation that ignores common sense to the detriment of sectors like agriculture.

“I applaud Secretary Chao for recognizing these obstacles and giving extra time for compliance while DOT issues guidance. While public safety is a critical concern for all of trucking, the safety of living agricultural commodities in transport must also be considered.”


BACKGROUND: Agriculture haulers operating within 150 air miles of the source of their agriculture products or livestock do not have to comply with DOT’s hours-of-service regulation, which limits driving hours to only 11 hours after being off duty for more than 10 consecutive hours.  For more information on the hours-of-service exemption for agriculture shipments, visit this U.S. DOT webpage: https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/eld-hours-service-hos-and-agriculture-exemptions.


For more information on agriculture commodities that are transported to domestic and foreign markets, visit this USDA webpage:  https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/transportation-analysis.




Almond Pollinator Survey


This anonymous survey is designed to gather information about colony loss/damage during almond bloom from 2014-2018. The results will be aggregated and shared with beekeepers, the almond industry, and the county agricultural commissioner's offices in San Joaquin Valley.

Link to survey: Almond Pollinator Survey 2018

The survey should take about 10-15 minutes and can be taken on a computer or smart phone. If you prefer a hard copy, reply to this email and let me know.

We know you are super busy, but your input can directly help the beekeeping community! Thank you so much for your time.

Feel free to email Jennie Durant with any questions at jenniedurant@berkeley.edu

Jennie Durant
PhD Candidate
Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM)
University of California, Berkeley


Bee Updated: Latest and Greatest News from the National Honey Board

NHB Partners with Disney on Sweet Exhibit

The National Honey Board (NHB) is excited to bring honey’s beautiful story to the magical world of Disney in the way of a sweet partnership. From February 28th to May 28th the NHB is participating in the annual Epcot International Flower and Garden 

Festival to educate festival goers about honey bees and how honey is made.

The NHB area, sweetly known as the “Honey Bee-stro,” will feature beautifully designed educational posters that highlight honey’s journey from bee to bottle, focusing on how bees make the honey, how beekeepers harvest and prepare the honey, and finally the delicious varietals offered with honey including clover, orange blossom and buckwheat.

In addition to the educational element, the Honey Bee-stro will also have honey-inspired food and beverage items available for purchase including:

Featured Food:
• Roasted Cauliflower with Buckwheat Honey Carrot Puree, Wild Rice Pilaf, Asparagus, Honey Blistered Grapes and Sunflower Brittle (GF) (V)
• Honey Tandoori Chicken Flatbread with White Cheddar Cheese, charred vegetables, Clover Honey Sour Cream and Micro Watercress
• Local Wildflower Honey-Mascarpone Cheesecake with Orange Blossom Honey Ice Cream garnished with Fennel Pollen Meringue Kisses

Featured Beverages:
• Florida Orange Groves Winery Orange Blossom Honey Wine, St. Petersburg, FL
• Orange Blossom Brewing Co. Orange Blossom Pilsner, Orlando, FL
• Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze with Blueberry Vodka
• Honey-Peach Cobbler Freeze (Non-alcoholic)

At a time when pollinators are at the forefront of not only the media, but also in the public’s minds, this partnership feels like a perfect fit and we are excited to see honey’s beautiful story brought to life in a way only Disney can do. If you are in the Orlando area, or plan on going during the duration of the Flower and Garden show, we would love for you to stop in and visit the Honey Bee-stro.

Honey Summits Attract Best Bakers and Brewers in the Industry

Every year, the National Honey Board conducts various Honey Summits throughout the United States, attracting some of the top bakers, brewers and distillers to educational seminars on using honey in food and beverage applications.

These are small, but impactful events. We recruit up to 25 of the best artisans in their respective crafts, and give them a complete immersion into the story of honey, from the bee to honey’s use in a bakery or brewery.

Through these events, we’ve had the opportunity to watch some of the best artisan bread bakers and pastry chefs in action, using honey to craft amazing bakery foods. We’ve also educated countless brewers on how honey can be incorporated into beer without losing its aromatic essence and depth of flavor.

These events are very rewarding for our team, and we love when past attendees are recognized for their work by the industry at large. This happened recently with the release of the 2018 James Beard Award semifinalists. A nomination for this award is the food industry’s equivalent to being nominated for an Oscar or Grammy.

We were excited to see this year’s semifinalists contain so many familiar names of bakers and brewers that we’ve worked with through our various Honey Summits. Congratulations to the following!

Outstanding Baker
Tova du Plessis, Essen Bakery in Philadelphia
Michelle Gayer, Salty Tart in Minneapolis
Zachary Golper, Bien Cuit in New York City
Lisa Ludwinski, Sister Pie in Detroit
Sarah O’Brien, Little Tart Bakeshop in Atlanta
Greg Wade, Publican Quality Bread in Chicago

Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional
Jeffrey Stuffings, Jester King Brewery in Austin
JC Tetreault, Trillium Brewing in Boston


Kids and Bees :

Commonly Asked, Easy to Shy Away from, Kid Questions

by Sarah Red-Laird, a.k.a Bee Girl, ABF Kids and Bees Program Director

I often times hear about a beekeeper who visited a classroom and tried to engage with the students, but came away disappointed with all of the stinging stories and vowed never to subject themselves to that again.

While everyone’s little sister’s best friend’s uncle has had a terrifying bout with a bee, there are ways around this daunting situation (and other awkward kid scenarios). Read on for a few of my best tips!

A few awkward scenarios:

Mating. Like Ella Fitzgerald says, “Birds do it, bees do it… Even educated fleas do it…” Reproduction is a fact of life and kids can be curious about it. I don’t build this topic into my curriculum, but if you get a question about it - answer it in the most scientific and straight forward way possible.

Kid: “What do drones do?”

Me: “They fly away from the hive and mate with a queen from a neighboring colony way up in the sky.”

Kid: “Oh.”

That’s literally how it goes 99% of the time. If they are about fifth grade and older, they may keep digging for more. But, again, just answer in plain, scientific terms. Beekeepers - If you feel embarrassed, give the teacher a look of panic, and he or she will totally shut down the question in their “magic teacher way,” and bail you out.

Queen production. This is another tricky one because it can get violent! However, don’t make up an untrue story, just be clear with the facts. You can have fun with this one. Imagine the bees in a “Lord of the Rings,” “Harry Potter,” or “Star Wars,” type battle! Or you can stick to the basics, whatever you are comfortable with. Remember, kids love stories!

Kid: “What happens when the queen dies?”

Me: “Well, the bee colony works together to make a new Queen.”

Kid: “Oh.” 10% of the time

Kid: “How?” 90% of the time

Me: (to answer the ninety percenters) “Often the queen knows that she is old or sick and will die soon. She wants to make sure that her family lives on, so she communicates this with the worker bees. They will build these special little “cells” called “queen cups.” There will be a couple dozens of these. They kind of look like a little thimble, or a dimpled cup, made of wax and attached to the honeycomb. The queen will lay an egg in each “queen cup” (this is when I bust out the educational poster on bee development stages, see page xx for the resource guide’s educational poster options).

The egg, everyone say egg (EGG!), turns into a larva, every one say larva (Larva!), and the nurse bees feed the larva “royal jelly.” This stuff is amazing. It’s like a superrich multivitamin that the “baby queen” takes a bath in during her whole development. As she is developing from a larva to a pupa, everyone say pupa (Pupa!), she closes this “cup” as she spins a cocoon. Imagine that she is pulling up a blanket made of fiber and wax over herself. Now it’s a cell (it helps if you can show them a picture of a queen cell, again see page xx). In just a few days, the queen pupa develops into an adult, everyone say adult (Adult!).

So, remember that I said there are lots of these cells? Well, the adult queens all emerge from the cells right about the same time. But how many queens can be in a hive? (One!) Yup! One. So the battle begins…
And here you can add your favorite character embellishment to tell the kids the story of the first few queens that emerge stinging the others trying to get out of their cells, then the piping, and the biting, stinging, and venom spraying that follows. But be sure to read the room, if the kids are terrified - tone it down. If they are super into it, then get into it with them!

Just an added note for my beekeeper friends, remember to talk with the kids, not at them. Constantly engage with them. Answer their questions thoroughly. Also ask them questions about what they know, what they think they know, ask them to make estimates, etc. If you have a quiet group, bribe the kids to answer by giving them trading cards (see resources), stickers, bookmarks, etc.

Stings. I think this is the number one reason why beekeepers don’t want to talk to kids about bees! Time and time again I hear, “Well I went into my grandchild’s classroom to talk about bees, and all they did was tell me about their dog, sister, Aunt Sue, etc. that got stung once. So, I decided not to visit another school!”

Here are a couple of ideas to remedy this situation:

1. Cut them off at the pass, and give a detour.
Inevitably, you will get a sting story. So, let it roll, be attentive and compassionate. Then, announce to the kids that you have been stung more in one day then they all have been in their whole lives! So. You know all about stings, and you don’t need to hear anything more about that subject. If someone else tries to tell you a sting story, immediately cut them off and remind them that you already know about stings. As them to tell you something else instead. “What is your favorite kind of food? (Strawberry ice cream.) Awesome! Who pollinates strawberries? Bees do! Aren’t bees awesome!!?”

2. Ask the teacher to have them do a sting story “purge.” The morning of the day of your program, have the kids tell the teacher, and each other, all the sting stories that they have. Just get it all out! If a kiddo tries to tell you a story, immediately cut them off, remind them that they already got to tell their story, and redirect.

Don’t ever shame a student, and then move on from talking to them. They are trying to connect with you, which is why they are telling you the story. Just sweetly decline the stinging story, and redirect in a really positive way. This is especially important with grades K-2. They are so sensitive, and if you snap at one kid, the rest fell of the students their friends’ pain and will have a hard time opening to you. Guilty face… Yes, I did learn this the hard way!

The Bee Crisis, CCD, etc. I’m a big advocate for advocating from a place of love, not a place of fear. So, be careful as you breach this topic. Don’t whip the kids into a frenzy by convincing them that all the bees are dying and we’re going to starve. Think of building new bee advocates like building a fire. If you pour gasoline on it, what happens? WHOOSH!! A big, bright flame, and then its burnt out and is gone. But if you add small bits of kindling, lightly give it a few puffs of air, then keep carefully and mindfully stacking on wood, you have a steady, long-burning flame. I also offer up the anecdote of my undying love and passion for recycling. I don’t obsessively recycle, or reuse, every scrap of paper because I hate the timber industry and want to put them, and those no good loggers, out of business! On the contrary, my dad was a logger and millworker for the better part of three decades, so my passion comes purely from the obsessive love I have for our forests, tended to since I was small.

My best advice is to leave the sticky politics out of it, and just get kids really excited about (1) how amazing bees are, (2) how important they are for our food system, and (3) how important flowers are to the bees’ heath. I always give kids flower seeds, so they can be part of the solution starting today.

Ecdysis Foundation: Blue Dasher Farm Initiative


On last Monday, The Ecdysis Foundation released a peer-reviewed study that challenges many of our preconceptions about how we manage our food production systems (https://peerj.com/articles/4428/) . Throughout the Northern Plains, we compared regenerative corn fields versus conventional cornfields in terms of pest management, soil quality, yields and profit. Regenerative agriculture focuses on building soil health and fostering biodiversity while producing nutrient dense food profitably. Conventional cornfields were more input-focused, and monoculture based, as is practiced on much of the crop ground in the US. Frankly, I believe that this study is the answer to the bee problem, and many others.

Key results:
• Insecticide treated cornfields had 10 times more insect pests than regenerative fields that replaced insecticides with plant diversity
• Regenerative cornfields were nearly twice as profitable as conventional cornfields, even though yields were reduced by 29% in the regenerative fields.
• -Profit was correlated with the organic matter of the soil, not corn yields.

If this topic is of interest, here are two TEDx talks on regenerative agriculture that may be of interest to you.

In one day, this paper rose to the top 1% of all papers ever written in terms of its social media impact. It is on fire right now, but traditional media has not covered it yet. I hope we can get the word out to as many farmers, beekeepers, and consumers as possible about this.


Jobathan Lundgren, PhD

Agroecologist & Entomologist

Ecdysis Foundation: Blue Dasher Farm Initiative

Web1: www.ecdysis.bio

Web2: www.bluedasher.farm

by Anna Kettlewell, American Honey Queen Program Chair

They say that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, and I think we might be in for one of these Marches! As I write this, we are awaiting an early March snowstorm. Weather woes aside, March is a great month for Honey Queen promotions!

Princess Jenny stayed busy throughout the month of March. In between classes and exams, she promoted in Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Illinois. She appeared at the Houston Livestock Show, working with the Harris County Beekeepers at their educational exhibit. Additionally, she was a guest speaker at the Wyoming Bee College and at a regional beekeeping meeting in Wisconsin. All these events provided great opportunities to reach potential new ABF members along with teaching the public about the wonders of honey and beekeeping! She also spoke in an elementary school in Illinois about honeybees’ importance to our food supply and the many different uses of honey.

Queen Kayla reunited with Princess Jenny at the end of March for the Florida Bee College outside Tallahassee, Florida. Learning more about southern beekeeping and its challenges is an excellent experience for our queens from the northern states. The queens’ experiences at the University of Minnesota Beekeeping in Northern Climate course and the Wyoming Bee College provide our representatives continued, valuable training experiences. I thank all those involved in arranging the Queens’ trips to these events, including Dr. Marla Spivak, Gary Reuter, Catherine Wissner, Dr. Jamie Ellis, and Mary Bammer.

Contact me soon to discuss your promotions and how we can make the Queen or Princess a part of them. You can reach me at 414.545.5514 or honeyqueen99@hotmail.com. 

Happy promoting!


 Buzzmakers: Latest and Greatest Beekeeping Industry News

  • European Regulators Confirm Neonicotinoids harm Bees Increasing Likelihood of Continent Wide Ban. Read More.
  • This Buzzed-About Modular Hive System Lets You Keep Your Bees Indoors   Read more.
  • The Proven Health Benefits of Honey Read More.
  • Honey Bees Essential to Everyday Living. Read More.
  • ARS Scientist Leads $1 Million Funded Consortium to Seek Honey Bee Disease Controls. Read More.
  •  Mayor Declares Honey Bee Day in Mason City. Read More.
  •  U.S. Bees Produced Less honey in 2017. Read More.
  •  Honey Bee Health Coalition Secures Varroa Mite Research Funding. Read More. 

ABF Welcomes New Members -February 2018

  • Alex Wallace-Currie, Connecticut
  • Brian Sheets, Florida
  • Christine Donovan, Florida
  • Dennis Halderman, Florida
  • Dominik Hohl, California
  • Doug White, Florida
  • Eddy Locker, Kentucky
  • Faith Justice, Massachusetts
  • James Copes, Illinois
  • James Crauswell, Florida
  • Jonathan Walker, Texas
  • Joseph Carson, Alaska
  • Karen Finley, Oregon
  • Marilynn Sorrel, Texas
  • Michael Johnson, Florida
  • Michael Kochanek, Texas
  • Nicole Landon
  • Robyn Underwood, Pennsylvania
  • Russell Blackmer, New Jersey
  • Troy Allensworth, Alabama


  • 10 cups popped popcorn (plain – no salt, no butter) (1/3 cup unpopped kernels)
  • 2 T butter
  • 2 T honey
  • Pinch Cayenne pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)


Pop popcorn according to instructions.

Mix honey, butter, cayenne and cinnamon, heating in microwave in increments of 20 seconds until just combined.

While popcorn is still hot, sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle honey mixture on top.

Toss, making sure popcorn is coated.

Serve immediately


Recipe by: honey.com


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