Droughts happen, then syrup is a life saver, when nothing is in bloom around here. Winter feeding takes fondant or dry sugar, I make fondant. Something in the cooking process converts the sugar to a more digestible form. But Camero 7 has another way, this post will help you out. https://www.beekeepingforums.com/threads/fondant-recipe-for-winter-feeding.11850/ And something I saw on Facebook, a feeder style I haven't tried, but could be used for syrup or to feed dry sugar (loose) in winter. there is a way to convert that sugar first, and I don't remember it. I am sticking with my fondant recipe and my visible feed jars myself, but for those that want to feed hive top this one might be good. It is brand new so it may have flaws. Post your feeding system and tell us what you like about it, which one works best for you!