Pure Maple Candy

When I was in 4th grade, I read Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The scene that has stayed with me since then was the one in which the Ingalls Family poured hot maple syrup into the snow to make candy. I’ve always wanted to do that!

This morning, we awoke to a foot of fresh snow – a sugar snow – and I knew it was the perfect morning to boil and cool pure maple candy for the very first time.

pure-maple-candyI boiled a cup of our New Hampshire Maple Syrup on the stove until it was bubbly, adding a tiny slice of butter to prevent it from boiling over. When it looked ready, I dropped a small bit of the hot syrup into a cup of cold water to test it. The syrup immediately hardened into a ball.

I took the hot syrup outside to where the boys were playing and invited Colin to pour it into the snow.

March 8 161The syrup rapidly hardened into solid candy. The boys scooped it out of the snow to give it a taste.

March 8 178The amber candy tasted just like rich maple syrup. “But better because it lasts longer!” stated Colin.

March 8 211As my boys sat in the snow contentedly licking the maple candy that we created from start to finish, I couldn’t help but feel proud of the land on which we live, and connected to a history that I am still learning about. I imagined children, from generations past, enjoying the very same candy that my boys were tasting for the first time . . . perhaps on the very same land!

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2 thoughts on “Pure Maple Candy

  1. Wow, I love it! I was a big fan of Little house of the Pairie too – but infortunately don’t think we’ll ever get this much snow to be able to do this. Thanks so much for adding this to the outdoor play party.

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