If you have fresh snow and real maple syrup, making maple syrup snow candy is a fun way to enjoy both. We’ve made our own maple syrup for years and enjoy the time we get to spend outdoors making something from nature. Making snow candy is something special to add to the maple syrup season.
Maple syrup candy is usually made at the same time as people are doing the maple sugaring, but you can make it anytime you have fresh snowfall.
To make the maple syrup candy (or taffy as some call it), you will need a few basic ingredients and equipment.
- Real Maple Syrup (1/2 cup)
- Butter (2 Tablespoons)
- A Candy Thermometer
- Popsicle sticks (or twigs)
- Fresh Clean Snow
How to Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy
Place half a cup of maple syrup, 2 tablespoons butter, and a dash of salt into a pan and bring to boil. Boil until it reaches 235 degrees. This doesn’t take long so keep on eye on it. It took me about 5-10 minutes. Boiling reduces the maple syrup and increases the sugar content so that it will harden when it cools.
Take the syrup outside and pour onto sticks that you have placed in the snow. We made ours on our picnic table that was covered in snow.
Wait a minute or two for the maple syrup to harden. This step doesn’t take long.
Lift from the snow and enjoy the sweet buttery treat! This is a great outdoor activity to make special memories with your kids.
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