Maple Syrup Snow Candy

If you've read many homesteading blogs, you'll notice a theme. Many of us are inspired by the Little House on the Prairie books. The way Laura Ingalls Wilder describes their lives way back when makes us declare random things like "I need a root cellar!" and "Honey, don't you think you could smoke our meat in a hollow tree?" and "Where can I find some good lard?" and "Let's get a milk cow!"


Maybe not everyone has the same reaction to those wonderful books, but we sure did! We had some snowfall this week, not much, and it rained on top of the snow, so it wasn't good snow for snow cream. (And plus, we've given up white sugar for Lent, so that means no sweetened condensed milk for us!) Eowyn brought me Little House in the Big Woods to ask for some maple syrup snow candy. (Since we can have maple syrup because it's one of God's sweeteners.)


I said alright, because I'm always up for a challenge, and we tried it.


Our first go was a fail, but then good ol' Google came to the rescue and directed us to the Kitchn. And what do you know, they made some maple syrup candy based on the same books. But they actually succeeded and pointed out where I went wrong.


I knew based on the book that the syrup had to cook for some time, but it wasn't clear how long. Faith said we need to boil the syrup until it reaches 235 degrees. So back to the stove we went, and it only took a little bit to get this syrup up to 235 degrees, and then we dropped it in the snow and...


It worked!


Woohoo! I feel the spirit of the Ingalls! It was really good and very chewy. We made Jeremy try some and he complained his fillings were going to come out! (He doesn't like candy anyway.) But he did say it's better than fake candies. And the kids and I all really enjoyed it. Just don't leave the maple syrup in your pan to dry...it makes a mess.


11 comments

  1. Um can we say Yum.

    Glad you linked this up to SS.

    Hugs from Oklahoma,

    Valerie
    Cottage Making Mommy

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  2. Thanks Valerie, it was really good!

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  3. Oh the memories of Maple Syrup Snow Candy. Here in New England the syrup is a few weeks late this year but should be here soon. Lord knows we have the snow. :-) Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  4. I was just thinking the other day about trying something like this. In the past it has not worked for me, but maybe I did not boil the syrup to the right temp.

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    1. It didn't work for me the first time either, but boiling to the 235 degrees worked like magic. Hope you try it again!

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  5. We absolutely love the Little House books! My husband has been reading them to the kids at night. We haven't tried any of the recipes, but the maple candy would probably be a fun one...and we certainly are not lacking snow!

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    1. Aren't the books so much fun? We all love listening to them, Jeremy always pays extra attention when they are talking about building something. There's a cookbook too, but the maple syrup candy wasn't in the cookbook. It's interesting though, the different ways they cooked. Here's an affiliate link, in case you want to check it out: http://amzn.to/1w3DjxS Thanks for reading Heather!

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  6. Wow, it's amazing what you can do with maple syrup and a little snow. Now I have maple syrup but no snow. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. I find it fun reading what you are up too, even when you are stuck inside during the winter. Blessings

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  7. I love this. Maybe next year we can try it.

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  8. This looks so cool. I want some! Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop. Hope to see you again this week. :)

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