This is 100% all natural way of making candy from trees!

Step 1: Quick Background

I grew up in Northern Vermont, and gathering/making Maple Syrup was something my family did every year.  

Better known as "sugaring," Maple Syrup production takes place in Northeast USA and Canada when the winter begins to turn into Spring.  The key is finding weather that fluctuates between freezing and thawing temperatures - which is what makes the sap flow in trees.  

Vermont's sugaring weather usually begins sometime around the beginning of March and lasts an average of six weeks.  

The method of gathering the sap can be drastically different between producers.  Some high production "sugar shacks" have 100's or 1000s of trees and produce many gallons of maple syrup, while others may just have a few dozen taps and a propane heater.

No matter what methodology suits your needs, the basic steps remain the same for all sugar makers - collect sap from trees (native maple trees which include the Sugar Maple which is best overall {contains about 3% sugar whereas other Maple trees contain half to two-thirds as much}, the Silver Maple, the Red Maple, and the Ash Leafed Maple), removal of water through boiling.  Thats it! Nothing is added or removed besides the water!

Click here for a great website about Maple Syrup and Vermont.     

**The pictures within this Instructable are from a combination of Maple Syrup websites, friends and family, and my own Sugaring adventures. 

**Be careful.  This Instructable deals with sharp objects, fire, and boiling liquid. 
wondeful !&hellip; <br>thank you for posting
Pretty interesting.
This was really interesting to read. Even if I can't do this in Chicago, I enjoyed learning how it is done. Thanks!
Glad you liked it! Even if you can't make it, you should try some authentic maple candy if you ever get the opportunity.
Reminded me quite a bit of the times we used to sugar back home. Very informative!
Nice Instructable! <br>I grew up in Northern Vermont too, and had thought that this might be an interesting Instructable for the contest. My grandparents had a big property in Southern VT, and every year we would pile into the car to help them gather the sap, and make the syrup. The air around the sugar house always smelled absolutely amazing. <br>Good luck in the contest! <br>
Boiling sap/syrup is one of my favorite smells. I hope this Instructable brought back some fond memories!
I remember reading about some kind of candy made from maple trees in a book I read when I was seven (Little House on the Prairie, I believe)... But I never knew how it was actually made.
Its fairly easy, just takes a very long time. Hope you enjoyed learning about the process!
In washington we have Big Leaf Maples everywhere. (Acer Macrophyllum). I have a few in my yard and tasted the sap which was running and it wasn't tasty at all. So I guess you really need to have a Sugar Maple.
Sugar Maples do have the highest sugar content (around 3%), but I believe that I once read that Big Leaf Maples have a high sugar content as well except the flavor is different.
You make me miss canada SO FREAKING MUCH

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