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A HONEY OF A TALE

In a valley at the foot of the Rocky Mountains just east of Yellowstone National Park in northern Wyoming is a small farm where Clarence and Bessie Zeller raised their family of 3 sons and 3 daughters.

Queen Bee Gardens - the Zeller family

To support the family, they produced honey. Honey like no other in the whole world! This honey is made by bees they call “Little Johnnies”. Started from the wild bees Clarence’s father took from the bee trees on the Shoshone River bottoms. Little Johnnies are mean, and they attack just for the fun of it. They just love to sting, but they gather the sweetest nectar which makes this special honey they call “The Nectar of the Gods”.

johnniesWhen the boys were grown, they each had to try their wings, and went out to see the world. The sting of the “Little Johnnies” was like the Pied Piper calling them back to the farm and their beloved bees.

return homeIn 1976 they decided to make use of an old family recipe from Bessie’s ancestors in Scotland and make honey candy for sale. They had made taffy as kids and had lots of fun stretching it.They had all the necessary ingredients for delicious candy—that special honey, the recipe, and the desire. But, would it work? More recipes were developed, and in 1979 they started making honey pecan pralines, now known as Pecan Pearls. This candy is so smooth it just melts in your mouth, with just enough pecans to make it chewy. It’s a taste that defies description. The only thing to do is to try it. You’ll love it. You’ll also love the Honeymoons, Truffles, English Toffee and other mouthwatering confections they have added to their line since that long ago beginning.

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