Snow Candy

READY IN: 13mins
YIELD: 1 1/2 cups


  • 1
    cup water
  • 12
    teaspoon lemon juice (jarred, to reduce the change of crystallization)
  • 1
    teaspoon orange extract (optional, see notes below)


  • Place all ingredients in a heavy bottomed pot, over medium-high heat.
  • Stir as the mixture is heating up, but DO NOT STIR once it starts to boil or simmer.
  • Once the mixture comes to a low boil, gently swirl the pot a few times, but do not stir or jostle the pot. Also, do not put a spoon or etc into the pot.
  • Lower the heat to low/medium. Simmer for 7 minutes, without stirring.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • At the five minute mark, have the kids go collect clean snow in large baking pans.
  • Drizzle the candy syrup over the snow (a tablespoon or two per serving). It will be cool enough to eat within seconds. With young children, be vigilant.
  • This makes enough for five kids to make two or three rounds of snow candy.
  • Clean-up will seem awful - but it's just sugar; Soak everything in warm water, and cleaning will be a breeze.
  • Flavoring note: I use natural orange flavoring extract; this seems to be my kids' favorite. We've also used no flavor (just the sugar with the lemon juice). Flavoring is a matter of preference; any extract will work - vanilla, peppermint, cherry, etc.