Thursday, January 13, 2011

Maple Snow Candy ~ Recipe

Maple Snow Candy

Every winter I make a special batch of Maple Snow Candy for the kids. A delicious little treat of candied maple syrup that nobody can resist *grin*. Last year though we had not one flake of snow so there was double the excitement when I appeared outdoors this afternoon with a steaming pot of pure sweetness and a handful of popsicle sticks :)

Maple Snow Candy

Everyone crowded around as I found a clean snow drift and started to pour caramel colored ribbons of the steaming maple syrup directly onto the snow :) The syrup sinks ever so slightly into the surface of the snow and remains nice and soft and stretchy so that you can roll it up like a lollipop on the end of a popsicle stick to suck on.

Maple Snow Candy

Mmm, so good and you have got to try making some to!

You will need

1 cup of 100% Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 cup of unsalted butter
a candy thermometer

Make sure that you use pure maple syrup and real butter or it won't turn out properly :) Place all three things into a saucepan and place over medium heat, making sure that you stir constantly. This is very important as you don't want to accidentally burn the maple syrup. Keep boiling and stirring until your thermometer reaches a temperature of 220 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for a minute or two and then find a nice clean patch of snow and pour :)

Maple Snow Candy

Don't worry if you don't have snow. You can do this with a bowl of vanilla ice cream to and pretend that it is snow :)

Maple Snow Candy

Enjoy,
Rosina

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26 comments:

momma rae said...

we tried this once last year and my children have been asking for it again this year. i love the idea of taking the syrup to the snow!! thanks for the popsicle stick tip, too.

Tonya said...

Oh! That looks absoluletly yummy! I've heard of that trick before, but have yet to try it. Just might have to do that!

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

What a fun and delicious idea! I haven't ever seen this before....we are so going to try this real soon!!

Jenn4him said...

Delightful! Reminds me of Little House on the Prairie.

Gremlina said...

Just like the Ingalls! I have to try this with my little ones!

jenletts said...

Glad to hear we can use ice cream!

Andréann said...

oh, the memories! I live in Québec, capital of maple syrup.

Here the tir (as what we call it) is pure syrup, no butter. We go directly at the "House of Sugar" (rough translation) when the trees begin producing (around march) Usually, we go around the equinox. It's a big tradition here :D and we have jars of it to eat all year long, with a spoon.
And no guilty conscience: even if it's still sugar and bad for the teeth, it's very healthy, full of antioxidants.

Melissa Plank said...

Fun!!! (yummy fun!)

Cheryl said...

I've bookmarked this ready for our next snow. Yum! Thanks for sharing.

Mica said...

that looks wonderfully yummy and cold...enjoy the snow we don't have any here too sunny!!! hugs,Mica

debbiedas said...

I'm been meaning to do this since we got our first snow fall - thanks for the reminder. I know Isaac will LOVE it. xo

Tara said...

Wonderful idea! thank you for reminding me of this yummy treat. I'm going to make some on the next snowfall.

Grace said...

YUM! We tried this last year but did not have this kind of success. Again, YUM!

windingcirclelifeschool said...

That looks so yummy...i wonder if it would work with a tray of crushed ice?

milkymumma said...

How incredibly scrummy!

Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

Hi :) Winding Circle Life School,

I don't see why you couldnt' use crushed ice. It may be best to zip it through your blender first to break it down a bit so that you can get a more level surface on top of the ice in your pan though as the hot syrup would drip through larger pieces of ice and to the bottom of the pan otherwise and stick. Have fun trying it out :)

Rosina {Rosy ~ Posy} said...

Thank you everyone for all of the kind comments :) We have so much fun making it every year that I just had to share it :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I've been wanting to try this ever since I read Little House in the Big Woods as a kid. It looks like so much fun! Thanks so much for adding this to the One Pretty Thing Flickr pool, I'll be linking in my next Crafty Food Roundup.

Jenny said...

I hope we get the opportunity to try this in the snow! Thanks for sharing.

verdemama said...

I just tried this with my family and it was soooo delicious that I added a link to this post from my blog. (hope that's ok with you)
Thanks!
Nikole

Hopewell Creek Designs said...

We just had a big snow storm blow through our area.I just have to share this wonderfully fun treat idea with my facebook friends.The kids will love it!

Lo said...

Hi Toodie sent me over here nice to meet you
These lolly's sound and i bet taste lovely
I have one big problem where i live on the Canary islands they don't even know what snow is can i use another method or can you only do it with snow
Lo x

Angela said...

We read about this in the Little House on the Prairie books, but we hardly ever have enough snow. Ice Cream! What a great idea! I would have never thought of that! Thanks!

GreatGranny said...

Toodie sent me and this is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing this tasty treat.

Marcila Dare said...

I once tried this with my kids, only with shaved ice and it was good. Maple syrup is definitely a nice choice, since it's not as sweet as chocolate syrup. My kids' teeth are very sensitive, that's why I need to be careful about what they eat and drink.

Basset Certification said...

Really cool pictures and one gorgeous recipe! I will definitely make these at home. Thanks!