Want a tasty treat and a fun winter activity for the kids rolled into one?
This old-fashioned treat only has 2 ingredients: maple syrup and snow!
If you don't have snow, don't worry, a bowl of crushed ice will work.
Making maple syrup candy is a long-standing tradition of the sugaring off season. If you're a fan of Little House on the Prairie, you'll remember Laura and Mary enjoying this late-winter treat, and now you can too!
Maple Syrup Snow Candy
Serves 4 to 6.
Find a clean patch of snow and pack it down well with your hands. If you don’t have any snow, fill a bowl with crushed ice.
Over medium heat, heat maple syrup to boiling. Stir constantly to prevent burning, and boil until thermometer reads 235 degrees Fahrenheit. If the syrup is not hot enough, it will simply seep into the snow and won’t turn into candy. If you boil the syrup too long, you will end up with maple sugar.
Head outside and pour hot maple syrup over the snow (or pour it over your bowl of crushed ice.) Move the pot back and forth as you pour, making ribbons of syrup in the snow.
Quickly use a popsicle stick to collect the maple syrup by rolling it around the stick. If you don’t do this quickly enough, the candy will become too hard to roll, but you can still pick it up with your fingers to eat it!
Troubleshooting: If your candy is too hard, add a little water to the pot before pouring out the rest of the syrup. If your candy is too wet, boil just a little longer.
Did you make this traditional treat when you were a kid? Please share your memories!
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