I’m loving the weather we’re having this spring, but since we can’t escape the snow today, we might as well take advantage of it. Today after shoveling the walks and building a snowman, we made snow candy for the first time. My kids loved it, especially since it’s so much fun to make!
You can use maple syrup or molasses to make snow candy. Each turn out a bit differently, but both are absolutely delicious!
Molasses Snow Candy Recipe
Adapted from The Little House Cookbook.
- 1/2 Cup Molasses
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
In a sauce pan, add molasses and brown sugar. Stir and cook until it reaches about 245 degrees Fahrenheit on your candy thermometer. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you’ll want it to be well blended and bubbly.
Get a one casserole pan or two cake pans and fill them with fresh, clean snow.
Carefully pour the molasses mixture over the snow. Drizzle it all over in small strips and shapes.
Allow the molasses mixture to sit in the snow for a bit and harden. The snow cools the molasses, hardening it into chewy hard candy.
Once the molasses mixture is hardened, pull the candy up. It’s okay if it breaks, you’ll want it in bite size pieces anyway.
Break any large pieces into bite-size pieces. You can enjoy this immediately or place the pieces in a storage baggie or container. Store it in the freezer or the candy will melt into a gooey mess once again.
Maple Syrup Snow Candy Recipe (a.k.a. Maple Taffy or Maple Taffy Snow Candy)
Adapted from Shelteriffic.
- 1 Cup Maple Syrup
- 1/4 Cup Butter (Salt-Free)
Like with the molasses snow candy, heat the maple syrup and butter in a sauce pan until it reaches 245 degrees Fahrenheit on your candy thermometer or is well blended and bubbling. Get a one casserole pan or two cake pans and fill them with fresh, clean snow.
Pour the maple syrup mixture over the snow. The maple syrup snow candy doesn’t harden. Instead, it melts the snow becoming a gooey sweet concoction, so plan to eat this immediately. In fact, it’s more like caramel syrup over ice cream, then hard candy. It doesn’t store well.
Use popsicle sticks, craft sticks, or spoons to eat the snowy maple syrup straight out of the snow.
Tips for Maple Syrup Snow Candy
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can simply go pour the maple syrup concoction over the snow outside and let your kids eat outside right out of the snow. Just don’t let them step in it and and then eat it! You can also pour the same mixture over ice cream, if you prefer, to create a maple syrup sundae.
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