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Maple Taffy

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This post is for blog event organized by The Novice Gardener. Bloggers are invited to submit a post showing how they celebrate Friday with some fun, fiesta-like activity. Surrounded by all this beautiful snow, I am certainly in a fiesta mood. As a forager, I can’t help looking at all this snow-buried landscape and wondering ‘what can I do with this while it lasts?’ So I am making a special treat with snow and maple syrup.

The Driveway

The Driveway

This is hardly a new recipe. I have seen it made and eaten many times, usually during the maple sap season and as part of the maple syrup production at a sugar shack. I have never tried it, so this seems a perfect opportunity to see if I can do it myself, and have some fun at the same time. The maple syrup is local – not from my property. The foraged ingredient is the snow!

To make this taffy, fill a cookie sheet with clean snow and keep cold. Boil some syrup until it reaches 235-245 degrees F, or the hard ball stage. Pour it in strips over the snow, and roll a popsicle stick or other similar utensil over the strip, rolling the maple around the stick as you go.

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For a little variety, and to cut the sweetness to some degree, I added chopped salted peanuts.

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Maple Syrup Taffy with Peanuts

Author: Hilda

I am a backyard forager who likes to share recipes using the wild edibles of our area.

34 thoughts on “Maple Taffy

  1. Well, hello there maple taffy! So happy to meet you. You look lovely dressed in chopped salted peanuts!🙂
    OMG, Hilda!! This looks soo…tempting! Excellent weekend activity/food! Thanks for bringing this to the party! XOXO

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  3. How cute! Making a taffy with real snow! My kids would love it I am sure. Have to wait till the next snow shower over here in CT to try it.! Very nice!

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  4. Oh my goodness! You live in a winter wonderland. What a fun recipe!

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  5. This is such a Canadian recipe! It looks sticky, sweet and deeeeelicious!!

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  6. Ahhh, this reminds me of Little House on the Prairie! How lovely to see real life pictures of maple candy made in the snow. Thanks so much for sharing!🙂

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  7. what a great way to make maple taffy. I seem to remember reading about making maple syrup candy in the first Little House on the Prairie book and always wanted to make it.
    thanks for showing me how!

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  8. This looks great! I’ve seen this on TV and it was quite intriguing but sure does look yummy!

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  9. I have only seen it at maple sugar events. It is so easy and delicious, I wonder why it is not commonplace in this part of the world.

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  10. Maple is a favorite ingredient in many recipes as I live in “Maple Country”. Our Maple Syrup Festival is coming up soon – I do not see any gallon jugs hanging from your trees 🙂

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    • Too soon for the sap now, but we do plan on doing the syrup thing this year. We just learned that those two maples at the front are sugar maples, so this will be our first attempt.

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  11. Good luck – we never tried to make it ourselves. It is too soon as well for us, some time in March🙂

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  13. No snow in Finland. No clean snow, I mean, cause it’s melting, it’s +2C (((( any other idea how that would be possible without snow??? Looks fantastic!

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    • Patience. One day, you will get snow, and then you’ll be ready. This much snow is kind of unusual for us these days, so I just feel I have to make the most of it.

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  14. I just love this, but luckily it’s not cold enough here to even attempt that recipe, hehe, but I would love to eat it, so would my kids

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  15. Perfectly seasonal. Lovely idea and photo!!!

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  16. hello Hilda, thanks for popping by my blog.
    Your winter wonderland fills me with a bit of jealousy, not that I really want it to snow, but a winter with no snow is no winter either. And Switzerland is associated with lots of snow, which this year we have had none of where I live. Ah well.
    Lovely popsicles – true to forager type even if you cannot forage underneath the snow, you foraged snow to make popsicles, very creative indeed. Happy Sunday!

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    • Thanks for visiting and commenting. I used to live in Geneva, and thought it pretty neat that we didn’t have to deal with too much snow, but a short drive into the mountains gave us all the snow and sunshine we wanted. I also miss my beautiful walnut trees.

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  17. This looks amazing and reminds me of home… I would love to try this sometime.

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