Time for another rare winter treat: Snow Candy. A friend of mine who lives in Vermont says they call this Sugar on Snow. I never heard of this candy until I was an adult. And I've only made it once before - 20 something years ago. It's another simple delight. All you need is snow, maple syrup, a pot and a heat source. Heat the syrup to soft ball stage (about 234°F), then pour it out onto fresh, clean snow. The syrup hardens and there you have your maple candy. It can be eaten as soon as it cools. Or while it is still warm, I am told you can pull it like taffy. I haven't tried that. Super easy and another fun family thing to do when the sky blesses you with a beautiful snowfall.
Another friend of mine who lives in Maryland told me they make molasses candy with the same method, simply using molasses or some other syrup in place of maple. I haven't tried that, but am wondering how some Louisiana cane syrup would work. Hmmm. If we still have snow tomorrow, I will plan to give it a try.
Start with a bottle of maple syrup:
Cook it to soft ball stage:
Pouring on to fresh clean snow:
Let it cool:
Then put it on a plate to bring inside, brush off remaining snow and eat:
|Snow Candy aka Sugar on Snow|
1 (12 oz) bottle maple syrup (I used grade B from Trader Joe's)
Pour the syrup into a saucepan that is large enough to let it come to a good boil without cooking over the top. Boil gently until the syrup reaches soft ball stage - 234°F on a candy thermometer. Immediately pour the hot syrup out onto clean snow. I pour in a spiral.
The candy will cool and harden. Can be eaten as is, or while it is still a little warm, can be pulled like taffy before eating.