Frozen Maple Syrup Candy
Recipe by Nicole Blum
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If your family loves pancakes with maple syrup, they'll go bonkers over this maple flavor candy. The recipe is based on a traditional candy made by pouring hot maple syrup over fresh snow.
- 1 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup salted butter
- Fresh clean snow, vanilla ice cream, or shaved ice
- Dill pickles and saltines (optional)
- Heat the syrup and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to avoid a boilover. (Heating syrup is strictly a parent's job.)
- The mixture is ready 6 to 7 minutes after it boils (220 to 234 degrees F on a candy thermometer). It should stiffen when dripped onto a plate.
- 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.
- Finish by nibbling some pickles or saltines -- a sugarhouse tradition "for getting taste buds back to normal," because sugar on snow is so sweet, says Martha Boisvert of the North Hadley Sugar Shack in Massachusetts.
Recipe originally published in Wondertime magazine.