"Grandma...poured hot syrup on each plate of snow. It cooled into soft candy, and as fast as it cooled they ate it. They could eat all they wanted, for maple sugar never hurt anybody."
~Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods
One year for Christmas when I was a child, I recieved the entire box set of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, best known for Little House on the Prairie. This may have been where my fascination with all things vintage began. I will never forget reading a portion that talked about making candy in the snow. My family had made Snow Cream out of snow, but never maple candy.
Nope, it doesn't neatly fit in to the New Year's Resolution to follow the Weight Watchers plan, but opportunities don't always present themselves so neatly and it's time to scratch this project off the bucket list.
1 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup salted butter
Fresh snow (vanilla ice cream or shaved ice)
1. Heat the syrup and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to avoid a boilover.
2. The mixture is ready 6 to 7 minutes after it boils. It should stiffen when dripped onto a plate.
3. Remove from heat and cool for 2 minutes before pouring over the snow, ice cream, or ice. It cools so quickly that kids can taste it right away.
The candy will start out as a taffy texture and continue to harden the longer is stays in the snow.