Maple Syrup Taffy - Sugar on Snow




Introduction: Maple Syrup Taffy - Sugar on Snow

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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.

Step 2: Heat It!

Hot sugar is extremely dangerous. It will burn you much more easily than water or oil of the same temperature. Luckily, there is snow nearby to treat your burns. :-)

  1. Pour the syrup into the pot.
  2. Insert thermometer.
  3. Apply heat.
  4. Wait, as long as 10 minutes. It takes a lot to heat sugar!
  5. When temperature reaches Hard Ball stage ~250°F (~120°C) it is ready to be candy!
  6. Turn off heat.
  7. Allow bubbles to die down.

Step 3: Treat It! Eat It!

  1. Pour onto snow or ice cream!
  2. Allow to cool.
  3. Shape with your hands! (This is dangerous)
    • You can make shapes in the snow before you pour,and it will roughly flow into the molds. Once it is sorta cool, you can mold it with your hands.
  4. Eat it!

Expect to be sticky for at least a few hours.

Traditionally, this is served with pickles and donuts, but I haven't tried this pairing.

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Just use ice cream! It's less romantic, but probably more delicious.


    7 years ago

    I wanna try this!!! I actually live in an area where you can eat the snow off the ground!????

    Don't think there can be many places left where eating food off snow is going to be very healthy...

    It seems to me this is just toffee cooled outside.

    maryanna warner
    maryanna warner

    7 years ago

    "winter wonderland"?... ohhh you mean this winter Wasteland.:-D


    7 years ago

    This is pure Canadian


    7 years ago

    I am Canadian and I approve of this instructable!


    7 years ago

    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! !