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Halloween might be over but that doesn't mean you can't have your hauntings and eat them too. While you might not believe in ghosts, you can believe me when I say Louisiana bee keeper Craig Forsythe is out here providing supernatural honey to a market even he didn't know existed.
Forsythe, 35, of Kenner, Louisiana, is the owner of Bee Guyz LLC -- a company that makes most of their living removing bee hives -- but recently discovered a niche for profiting on their long-stored cemetery collections.
"I would stockpile the honey and wax from the bee removals we were called out to do at the cemeteries over the years, never really knowing what to do with it all," he told The Sunburnt Blogger in an exclusive interview. "While my family and I eat it, I couldn't sell it with the rest of our edible products because it has been harvested from cemeteries and has a very low chance of containing abnormalities, unlike the controlled commercial hives."
Forsythe says he's been sitting on this liquid goldmine for years, but this year, and right in time for Halloween, he had an idea.
"Knowing the history of New Orleans, I knew there was a market for haunted products, but I never put two and two together until this year, I didn't really know what the outcome would be. We couldn't sell it as an edible, but we could sell it as a novelty item," Forsythe said. So that's what they did.
Starting in October, the Bee Guyz have been marketing their one-of-a-kind "Haunted Honey," selling out their stock sometimes within hours. Forsythe says a majority of their customers seem to be practicing Wiccans, but everyone of all backgrounds have had a hand in this sticky business.
"The first night we marketed the product on Facebook, we were sold out within a day and a half, and over half a million people have saw our posts. We shipped all over the world, from Canada to France and many places in between."
That was a big jump in engagement for the company, who mainly only got local business and at the time had a little over 1,000 followers. They have since gained an additional 2,000+ followers, and their posts have been shared hundreds of times on Facebook.
As far as The Sunburnt Blogger was able to confirm, the Bee Guyz are the only company offering "haunted" honey and have even patented their product names.
Despite it being sold only as a novelty item, Forsythe says he is selling out at a pace he might not be able to keep up with.
"[Because this is a stockpiled amount] I may not be able to keep up with the demand in the future when this runs out," he noted.
Currently he wholesales to several companies in North America, and ships his products to over a dozen countries.
There is some good news though; the honeybee season in Louisiana usually runs year-round thanks to the temperate climate.
"We get maybe one or two days under 30 degrees here, on a bad year," Forsythe said. "So as long as the bees keep producing honey and we get called out to remove nests from [several] cemeteries in the area, we should be in business."
Right now, the Bee Guyz offer their haunted honey products in three ways: a half-pound of raw, unprocessed honey for $20, one-pound of bees wax from the hive for $30, and their rarest item: a 4x4in square of honeycomb for $40. Shipping for US customers averages around $9 depending on the order size, weight and location.
Forsythe says that anyone interested in ordering in time to receive their package before Christmas should order on or before the 21 of December.
You can check out more information about their haunted honey below.