Maple Snow Candy

how to make snow candy with maple syrup

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!

singing wheels maple candy


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!

pouring maple syrup into snow

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!


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12 Responses to Maple Snow Candy

  1. This is just too easy, Jan! The hard part may be finding the “fresh, clean snow” (haven’t had much to speak of thus far this winter). :)

  2. Erin says:

    We made this during our maple syrup season. They often do it out in the sugar bushes out of fresh product. Very tasty.

  3. Janet McKenna says:

    I remember my Mom making this from the fresh syrup when I was a child about 70 years ago. Still just as delicious.

  4. Robin Carpenter says:

    I remember my Mom making it for my three younger brothers and me in the 60s…….it was very sweet but so yummy! – the minute you took a sip of water to wash it down, you were all done!

    • Jan says:

      That’s a great memory! I hope we can make it a tradition here, but not sure we’ll get enough snow. Still, fun to make when we can though!

  5. Rachel Pritchett says:

    Just want to know how to buy the products can you let me know thanks

    • Jan says:

      Hi Rachel! Do you mean products made by me? Or something relating to this Maple Candy recipe? I don’t sell products right now (though that may change in June or July).

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