Monday, January 10, 2011
How to Make Snow Candy
On our way home from Maine this past summer we listened to Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Both of the children really, really enjoyed the book and I've been waiting for snow to come our way so that we could try our hand at making Snow Candy like they make in the book.
For our first attempt at Snow Candy I simply read the passage in the book about the candy and tried to copy the "instructions." Unfortunately, the hot maple syrup immediately melted the snow and we were left with a watery maple syrup mixture. Of course, it did not go to waste since the children immediately began to slurp it down with a straw!
Our next attempt was successful and delicious! The first step is to get a plate of (clean) snow.
We found that the key is boiling the pure maple syrup to candy temperature. We let it go to around 225 degrees but you could also just boil it for 5 or 6 minutes. Keep an eye on the syrup because it does tend to bubble up and you don't want it to overflow. Obviously, the children did not handle the boiling syrup or pot!
After it has boiled let the syrup cool for about 2 minutes and then pour it onto the plate of snow.
It will immediately start to stiffen into soft little pieces of "candy." Enjoy! (I tried to get a good picture of the candy but everyone was eating it too fast- including Bryce!)