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 activity to do with the family in the backyard or in the school yard with the students in your class. To make maple syrup snow candy, also known as snow taffy or maple syrup taffy 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 a regular activity at outdoor winter carnivals and at maple syrup festivals in late winter and early spring. This is when the maple trees are tapped, and the sap from the trees is collected in buckets and boiled into maple syrup.
Snow taffy is really fun to make. It’s literally as easy as 1-2-3.
What IS maple syrup snow candy?
In case you’ve never heard of it before. Maple syrup snow 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 syrup from cooking, and cools it to the consistency of taffy.
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.
To tell you the truth, 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, so 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
- wooden popsicle sticks (also known as craft sticks)
- clean fresh snow
- if you’re making your candy indoors, you’ll also need a baking sheet
- sauce pan or a 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. Many recipes call for 2 cups of maple 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!
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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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.