An incredible treat by many names with one ingredient. Maple syrup. Known as maple taffy, maple toffee, tire d'érable, or sugar on snow, it is delicious and easy no matter where in the maple-producing north american region you are!

No snow? Tell me about it, I live in San Francisco. Our last snow was in 1976. If you don't live in a winter wonderland, You can use Ice Cream(!), ice, or a frozen skillet. The snow adds texture, romance, intrigue, and all the particulate matter that lives in the atmosphere above you. A bit of googleing tells me this includes dust from the sahara and radioactive bits from your local power plant. Anyway, it tastes great!

This fantastic video lays out the simple process.

Step 1: Ingredients + Supplies


  • Maple Syrup

Any grade, any sort. Grade B will have a stronger flavor, but whatever you have will work. I doubt it would work with fake syrups, but it might be worth a try.


  • A pot
  • A candy/fry thermometer
    • Any thermometer that goes up to 250°F (121°C) will work, but candy thermometers have a clip and a guide for candy.
  • A mitt to grab the pot
  • Sticks to wrap the taffy in
  • Some sort of heat source.
    • I used a camp stove, but a house stove would be fine too. You could even use a camp fire if you are careful about regulating heat!


  • I used old snow from the ground, but others prefer fresh snow
  • or
  • Ice Cream! Same effect, better taste, available everywhere in the world.
<p>very cool! i think i'll try this. in nyc though, so i'm not sure where i'll find snow clean enough to eat off of.</p>
<p>Just use ice cream! It's less romantic, but probably more delicious.</p>
<p>I wanna try this!!! I actually live in an area where you can eat the snow off the ground!????</p>
<p>Don't think there can be many places left where eating food off snow is going to be very healthy...</p><p>It seems to me this is just toffee cooled outside.</p>
<p>Oh my gosh, I used to make this in the mountains when I was a kid! How fun!</p>
&quot;winter wonderland&quot;?... ohhh you mean this winter Wasteland.:-D
This is pure Canadian
I am Canadian and I approve of this instructable!
I did this with my great aunt as a child! We lived in the snow belt of Ohio. Thanks for bringing back a great memory! !

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