Science Fun in the Snow!

Maple Taffy on Snow

Eating maple taffy on snow is a Canadian culinary tradition. To create the taffy, you have to concentrate the syrup, by removing some of its water molecules. You can do this by boiling the syrup, allowing the water to escape as steam. This delicious treat is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth!

Ingredients and materials

  • 540-ml can pure maple syrup
  • snow or crushed ice
  • large saucepan
  • candy thermometer
  • large bowl
  • wooden spoon or stick

Take Note!

To avoid burns, it is very important to make this recipe with the help of an adult.

Let’s get to work!

  1. Put the fresh snow or ice in the bowl and place the bowl outside or in a freezer to keep the snow from melting.
  2. Pour the maple syrup into the saucepan.
  3. Bring the maple syrup to a boil. Be careful: syrup expands as it boils and can quickly bubble over.
  4. Let the syrup boil vigorously for several minutes, then insert the candy thermometer.
  5. When the temperature of the syrup reaches 115oC, remove the pan from the heat.
  6. Place the bowl of snow or ice where you want to hold your tasting.
  7. Spread the maple taffy across the snow in the bowl.
  8. Let the taffy set for 15 to 30 seconds.
  9. Wind the taffy around the spoon or stick.
  10. Enjoy!

Psst! If there is any taffy left in the pot, before it sets reheat it over low heat while stirring constantly with a spatula. After about ten minutes, the taffy will be even more concentrated and you will have maple butter. Absolutely delicious on toast!

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