Make real maple syrup snow candy in your own backyard just like Laura from Little House in the Prairie. You can do it in 3 simple steps.
Making homemade candy on the snow is a great winter-time activity for the family or for a classroom of students. All you need are two things: real maple syrup and clean, fresh snow!
We were all about classic Canadian winter-time treats here this past weekend. Did you see the amazing snow ice cream we made on Sunday?
Well, today’s maple syrup snow candy is another fab recipe for you and your kids to try before the snow melts. Making maple candy or maple taffy on the snow is a popular winter tradition here in Canada. It’s often a regular activity at outdoor winter carnivals, and at maple syrup festivals when the trees produce their sap in late winter/early spring.
It’s really fun to make and the recipe is literally as easy as 1-2-3.
What IS maple syrup snow candy?
Let me explain, in case you’ve never heard of it before. Maple syrup candy is candy in its simplest form. It’s made by pouring boiling maple syrup on a clean, fresh bed of snow. The snow instantly stops the cooking, and cools the syrup to a taffy-like consistency.
Today I’m going to show you how you can make this Canadian treat in your own back yard, in 3 easy steps. The process is quick and simple, and it’s a lot of fun. This would be a great weekend activity to do with your family after a fresh snowfall or with a group of students in the school yard. As long as you have a fresh, clean snow on hand, you’re good to go.
Truth be told, we did not make this batch of candy outside. The temperatures this past weekend were nearing -40, which made conditions unbearable out in the yard. We brought the snow inside and made our candy in the comfort of our house.
For our maple syrup snow candy recipe, you’ll need:
- pure maple syrup
- craft/popsicle sticks
- clean fresh snow
- if you’re making your candy indoors, you’ll also need a baking sheet
- sauce pan/small pot
- candy thermometer
How much maple syrup do you need to make maple syrup candy?
The amount really depends on how much candy you want to make. Most recipes on the net call for 2 cups of syrup, but that is a LOT of syrup. We only wanted to make a few pieces of candy. In addition, we didn’t have very much maple syrup on hand, so we only used 1/4 cup. That yielded 2 maple syrup candy pops and a couple of individual pieces of maple candy.
Oh, and by “pure” maple syrup, I mean PURE. We’re not talkin’ grocery store brands here. We’re talkin’ 100% pure, maple syrup. From the maple tree, nothing artificial added.
Preparing your snow:
If you’ll be making your candy outdoors, pack down an area of snow. You want this area to be nice and firm so it holds the hot syrup. Alternatively, you could fill a platter or a baking sheet with a layer of packed down snow.
Obviously, if you’re working inside, like we were, you’ll need to use the platter or baking sheet.
Making your snow candy in 3 easy steps:
1. Pour your syrup into a small pot and heat it until boiling. Once boiling, the syrup will really start to bubble. Using a candy thermometer to gauge the temperature, continue to boil the syrup until it reaches the “soft ball” stage (235-240 degrees farenheit). If you pass the soft ball stage, don’t worry. Your candy will just be more crunchy than chewy.
2. Remove the pot from the heat, and pour your syrup in lines on the snow. BE CAREFUL. The syrup is VERY hot.
3. Press a craft/popsicle stick into the syrup and then as the syrup is cooling, roll it up around the stick.
You’ll end up with a beee-autiful maple syrup candy pop!
Don’t these look delicious?
You can also pour small puddles of syrup on the snow to make individual pieces of candy.
Mmm-mmm! A good, old fashioned, maple syrup treat!
Get out there and make the most of the season!
Be sure to check out our snow ice cream too!
…and Princess Pinky Girl’s amazing candy shot glasses made from Jolly Ranchers!
Here are a few more fun treats to make with your kids:
- Real Maple Syrup (1-2 cups)
- clean fresh snow
- popsicle sticks
- baking sheet
- candy thermometer
- Pat a layer of snow onto a baking sheet
- Place maple syrup in a pot on the stove, and bring to a boil
- Using a candy thermometer, continue to boil until syrup reaches the soft ball stage (235º -240ºF)
- Remove from heat and pour syrup over snowy baking sheet
- Press popsicle stick into syrup and roll it up into a candy pop
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