Maine Maple Snow Candy

"What is Maple Snow Candy? It is pure maple syrup over lightly packed, clean snow. Wait till it hardens, which is almost immediately, and then you pick it up with a spoon or eat it like a lollypop. When you get new maple syrup, it is just yummy and the kids love to do this. It sure is a treat. If you don't have snow, vanilla ice cream will work fine."
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Ready In:
8 ounces


  • 8 ounces pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup snow (for testing)
  • 1 (1 quart) saucepan filled with packed clean snow


  • Pour the maple syrup into a deep pot and bring to a boil--but don't let it boil over.
  • Boil for 4 minutes.
  • Make a snowball out of the one cup of clean snow and put it on a plate or small bowl.
  • Test the syrup by pouring a small amount onto the snowball; if it clings to the snow and stops running, it is ready.
  • Slowly pour the syrup in short, thin lines onto the packed snow in the pan.
  • As it hardens, pick it up and eat it with a spoon or twist it onto popsicle sticks.

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  1. Fun, fun, yum!! DD (5 years old) DD (15 months) and I loved the taffy and had fun making it and eat it with our fingers.
  2. This is the best breakfast on snow days!
  3. "Sugar On Snow" as we called it and it's the perfect treat when family and friends gather on a cold winters evening! It's like a taffy. As children, we were each given a pan to go an collect our own snow with a dire warning not to get any of the 'yellow snow'! Mom was in the kitchen tending the pot of syrup and one at a time we received a generous pour of the delicious syrup over the packed snow, making ribbons and pools of the sweet taffy confection... memories!! Put this on your list for a winters MUST try recipe!! Thanks for posting this one Mimi in Maine!!
  4. We made this once, many years ago when it snowed, and I'll never forget it. I'm hanging onto this recipe and hoping for another chance to have this wonderful candy!
  5. This is such a wonderful treat! Our family enjoys it every year when the maple sap runs


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