One of my favorite books growing up was “Singing Wheels”, a story about a boy named Tom Hastings that lived in the pioneer days. I later found out that it was actually a school reader from the 1950’s, but that fact did not lessen my love for my well-worn copy!
I was so enamored with how Tom’s family made everything from scratch and wished with all my heart that I could be transported back to those days. They sheared their own sheep, spun and dyed the wool with indigo, cut logs, butchered their own meat, and gathered honey from the wild.
One of my favorite parts was when they made maple candy in the snow!
It’s super easy to make maple snow candy in modern times too. All you need is:
- maple syrup
- fresh, clean snow
It’s a very sweet treat, so you won’t need a lot per person. I use a total of half a cup of syrup for three people and we still have leftovers to tuck away in the freezer.
Pour your maple syrup into a heavy pan. Boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally as needed until the syrup begins to thicken.
Drop a small amount into a cup of cold water. When you can form a soft ball with it, it’s ready!
Working quickly, drizzle the hot maple syrup into bowls filled with fresh, clean snow.
It will harden in a short time, then you can peel it off and enjoy!