Snow taffy (also called maple syrup taffy or snow toffee recipe) is a fun winter activity for kids, winter storm activity, or snow day craft ideas! Maple taffy on snow is one of the childhood recipes I remember, so I wanted to introduce this DIY maple sugar candy to my daughter, too!
HOW TO MAKE SNOW TAFFY
Maple snow taffy is so fun! (Maple syrup in recipes? Yes, please!) And, if you’re looking for snow activities for kids, you’ll love this.
How to Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy
Homemade maple taffy on snow is made with just two ingredients: 100% pure maple syrup and freshly fallen clean snow. The syrup is heated to the right temperature and poured onto the snow to “set.” You can peel it from the snow to eat or even make homemade maple syrup suckers.
(Get the full how to make maple taffy on snow directions, including what temperature do you cook maple taffy at, below. Keep scrolling!)
If you’re not familiar with maple syrup candy, you may be wondering what is maple taffy on snow?
What is snow taffy?
Wondering what is taffy on the snow? Snow taffy is a homemade maple syrup candy. Maple syrup is heated and then poured into clean snow to immediately cool down the taffy. It can also be poured on lollipop sticks in the snow to make maple syrup suckers. The longer the maple syrup is left in the snow, the harder it will become, so decide if you want your homemade candy softer or hard (like suckers)!
What is maple syrup on snow called?
You may hear snow taffy called different things:
- Maple snow taffy
- Sugar candy
- Maple syrup snow taffy
- Snow toffee recipe
- Maple syrup candy
- Maple taffy
- Syrup lollipop
- Maple syrup snow on a stick
- Maple syrup lollipops or suckers
How To Make Maple Taffy Without Snow
Some people aren’t comfortable using a maple taffy recipe snow. The cold from the snow is what makes the cooking process stop immediately to make it a chewy taffy. The longer it stays in the snow, the more the maple taffy will harden.
If you’re wondering how to make maple taffy on ice instead of snow, it’s best to use a shaved ice machine or food processor or blender for crushed ice where you can shave the ice to a fine, snow-like consistency.
Is maple syrup different than pancake syrup?
Pure maple syrup is solely syrup tapped from a tree, with no additives. Pancake syrup is actually corn syrup with a maple extract added, so it’s not actually maple syrup at all. It’s just maple flavoring added to corn syrup.
Can I use pancake syrup instead of maple syrup?
If you’re making a maple syrup recipe, it’s best not to substitute pancake syrup for maple syrup as you won’t get the same result. If you’re making a maple syrup taffy on snow, definitely do not substitute pancake syrup for maple syrup.
Making maple syrup taffy in snow is the perfect snowed in activity for kids! Also check out: Snow Day Activities: Indoor and Outdoor Winter Ideas for Kids
How do you know when syrup is ready?
When boiling maple syrup, you should use a candy thermometer. When making the maple taffy on snow recipe, you will need to get the maple syrup to the correct boiling temperature (235°F). If you don’t get your maple taffy on snow temperature right, the snow candy won’t set.
How To Make Maple Snow Taffy
You can also make this a homemade honey snow candy by using honey and brown sugar instead of maple syrup. (Some people also call it snow taffy brown sugar!)
Don’t forget, you need to get 100% maple syrup (and not pancake syrup)!
You may also want to grab a stainless ladle with a pour spout. It’s easier to pour the lines of hot maple syrup in the snow with a ladle spout than directly from the pot.
Also, we gather clean snow by putting our cookie sheet on a table outside when it’s snowing heavily.
How to make a taffy sucker: If you want to make your taffy from snow into homemade maple syrup suckers, use sucker sticks to gently press into the taffy snow before it sets. You may even have to use your hands to form the taffy from maple around the stick.
This is how to make maple syrup candy at home…
- 1 Cup REAL 100% maple syrup (NOT pancake syrup)
- Enough clean fresh snow to cover a cookie sheet
- Collect clean, fresh snow onto a cookie sheet. (Leave outside until ready to use.)
- Place maple syrup into a pot. Attach candy thermometer to the side of the pot so that it's in the syrup, but not touching the sides or bottom of the pot. Bring maple syrup to a 235°F boil on the candy thermometer.
- Remove pot from heat and CAREFULLY pour maple syrup into clean snow in strips. (Using a stainless ladle with a pour spout is helpful!) If making suckers, immediately (and gently) press lollipop sticks into the maple syrup strips. (You may have to roll or shape the maple syrup around the sticks.) The longer you leave the syrup in the snow, the harder (crunchier) it will become.
The number of snow taffy candy pieces will depend on how big your candy pours are and if you are making snow taffy lollipops or just taffy candy pieces.
If you're making snow syrup suckers, use the sucker sticks you find online or at craft stores or even craft sticks.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information is estimated. Changes to the recipe and use of different brands may cause changes to the nutritional information to vary slightly from the ones provided here.
Maple Syrup Snow Candy Little House on the Prairie
Some people may recognize this as a recipe like the Little House on the Prairie and that’s how I know the sugar on snow history and I used to make it with my mom.
(I have no idea about when was maple taffy invented. I know I’ve heard a lot of history about maple syrup snow candy Canada, so maybe start there if you’re interested.)
So, this is a great maple sugar taffy on snow recipe to pair with the Little House books or a unit study on pioneers.