A couple of beekeepers in northeastern France were left scratching their heads in confusion when their bees started to produce thick blue and green honey completely naturally. The bees from their hives were found producing honey in odd shades of blue and green – something that was completely unheard of and never seen before.
At first, the beekeepers feared the worst that some sort of chemical had ended up in their product. This would have been terrible given they prided themselves in their bees producing natural and eco-friendly honey. As it turned out no toxic chemicals had entered the product, however, it was found to be far from natural. In fact, the colored honey was unable to be sold at all because it did not meet France’s standards for honey production.
You see they tested the honey and found that it was not being produced from nectar found in plants. And there was another problem: to sell natural honey you have to make sure it meets the standard coloring which is near colorless to dark brown.
This was extremely bad news for the region, given that its economy really does live off honey production. It produces thousands of tons of honey per year & was already dealing with the high bee mortality rate and also the lower honey production caused by a harsh winter. This is when an investigation was ordered in the hometown of the beekeepers: Ribeauville. The goal was, of course, the figure out the root cause of this honey problem.
And this is when they discovered the culprit: a processing plant about 2 miles away. The processing plant was being used for candy, namely M&M candy shells – which we all know are pretty colorful. The local bees were feeding off the remains of candy shells from uncovered containers.
Luckily the problem was solved by cleaning up the outdoors of the plant and storing the candy remains in a covered building.