Candy cane-eating bees make red-tinted honey

Honey Bees that produce raw Wildflower honey work in their hive at a outdoor Farmer's Market August 15, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

This final note today, in which Christmas comes early, in a manner of speaking.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food says red honey is showing up in some beehives around the state. The suspect is a local factory that makes candy canes.

Officials figure the bees have been eating the leftovers, and thus the red honey. It's insult to injury, when you think about it, because:

  1. state regulations say only a product that originates from a floral source is actually honey; and
  2. Utah is, officially, the Beehive State.

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