25 Craves of Christmas
Dec. 6: Snow Candy
There are certain joys in life that only snow can provide. Take advantage of the winter wonderland and treat your sweet tooth to the perfect maple candy. So simple, so sweet, and so hard to pass up! (Courtesy of Group Recipes)
- 1 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup salted butter
- Fresh snow, vanilla ice cream, or shaved ice
- **Optional: dill pickles and saltines**
- Heat the syrup and butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring to avoid a boil over. (Heating syrup is strictly a parent's job if doing this with Kids.)
- The mixture is ready 6 to 7 minutes after it boils (220 to 234 degrees 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.