Snow Candy

We woke up Sunday morning to about an inch of snow. The weatherman got it right. Snow is something we do not see but maybe once or twice a year here. People will get into a panic and rush to the stores and close businesses with the slightest threat of the white stuff. We rarely get just plain snow, It’s usually mixed with sleet or freezing rain. In fact, it has been sleeting here for hours, laying a blanket of ice to seal the snow. Basically, we get our Winters in bundles. It can be 70 degrees one week and 30 the next. But I will not complain. Nothing is prettier than a snow in December.

I really miss my daughter being home on snow days. We used to rush out and build a snow man followed by making snow cream, then settle down inside to a warm cup of cocoa. Now we snap photos back a forth. 

The kid in me still likes to go outside when it snows. While I was having my breakfast and coffee, I came across a recipe for Maple Snow candy.  I could not wait to go outside and try it. Holy Moly it worked! 


I am 49 years old and have seen every Little House on the Prairie episode and still never knew about “snow candy” until today. I bet my mom knew about this, but with four kids I can see why she kept it a secret. 


Supposedly, Snow taffy or Snow candy is a traditional favorite in Canada. When maple syrup is boiled to the right temperature, it is poured onto a blanket of snow creating a taffy or hard candy. I guess it depends on the heat of the syrup. There is an art to making candy just like making peanut brittle. But ill save that one for another post. 


I did not have any Maple syrup so I used the optional recipe of honey and brown sugar. 

SNOW CANDY
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup of brown sugar. 

Bring to a boil while constantly stirring. You want the temperature to reach about 235-240 degrees.
I did not have a thermometer so I let it boil for about 5 minutes. It will foam up but the foam will disappear as soon as you take it off the heat. 

When the syrup is ready, pour strips of the honey mixture into the snow. With straws (or wooden sticks) roll the candy to make pops. This has to be done rather fast because it quickly turns into a hard candy. If this happens its ok, the kids will have fun picking the pieces up to get a sugar fix. 

I’m sure the real Maple syrup would have tasted better than honey but a poor girl only has so much to work with. 


WARNING:  Use adult supervision at all times and be very careful. Boiling sugar can be the worst burn ever if it gets on you because it will stick while burning your skin off



13 comments

  1. Yes, this sweet treat is extremely popular in Canada! We have a lot of maple syrup around here, so there are maple-type treats everywhere; all different kinds.

    I'm sure that the honey and brown sugar combo was delicious but if you ever get a chance to try this with maple syrup, do not hesitate. You will love it! It's soooo good...

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  2. We make snow ice cream but I haven’t tried snow candy! But I will! If the DFW area of Texas gets any snow this winter!

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  3. What a clever idea! I've never had snow candy! You did a great job making these Lisa! We're only expecting freezing rain, but no snow. It's been raining pretty hard since last night. Stay safe and warm my friend!

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  4. Love the article! You’re always so creative!❤️

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  5. Yeah, snow cream, of course that was our staple sweet thing when it did snow. But I have never heard of snow candy. Sounds like something fun though. Enjoying the snow in North CArolina is always fun because there are't many real snow days.
    From Florida headed for NC in the morning.
    Sherry & jack

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  6. Love me some snow candy - stay away from the yellow snow though! HA HA!

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  7. ...i've made snow ice cream all my life but never even heard of snow candy...out here in West Texas, we have to BUY our maple syrup and it's so expensive.....

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  8. What fun!! I want sow to make some. I cannot believe how much you guys got!! LOVED your wine snow cone too!

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  9. Wow, snow candy - how is it I've never heard of that???

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  10. I still like the snow too and we get a lot of it. : )
    Never heard of snow candy before. Looks pretty good. I'l have to give it a try.

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  11. oh that sounds delightful.. will have to keep it in mind for when it snows next.

    http://www.henatayeb.blogspot.com

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  12. Snow candy sounds delightful. Lisa, we would love it if you would follow us, and I would certainly come back and follow you as well.

    Merry Christmas.

    ~Sheri

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