How to Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy Without Thermometer

To make maple syrup snow candy without a thermometer, follow these simple steps:

  1. Gather your ingredients and supplies:
  • Pure maple syrup (about 1 cup)
  • Fresh, clean snow (enough to fill a baking sheet or large tray)
  • A pot or saucepan
  • A spoon or ladle
  • A baking sheet or large tray
  • Popsicle sticks or wooden skewers (optional)
  1. Prepare the snow:
  • Find an area with fresh, clean snow. Avoid using snow that has been exposed to dirt, debris, or other contaminants.
  • Fill your baking sheet or tray with a layer of snow, about 1-2 inches thick. Set aside.
  1. Heat the maple syrup:
  • Pour the maple syrup into your pot or saucepan.
  • Heat the syrup over medium heat, stirring occasionally to prevent it from burning or sticking to the pot.
  1. Test the syrup for readiness:
  • Since you don’t have a thermometer, you’ll need to use the “cold water test” to determine when the syrup is ready. To do this, carefully drop a small amount of the heated syrup into a glass of cold water. If the syrup forms a soft ball that can be easily picked up with your fingers, it’s ready. If it dissolves or doesn’t form a ball, continue heating and testing until it reaches the desired consistency.
  1. Pour the syrup onto the snow:
  • Once the syrup is ready, carefully drizzle it onto the prepared snow in thin lines or small puddles. You can use a spoon or ladle to help control the flow of syrup.
  1. Let the syrup cool and harden:
  • Allow the syrup to cool and harden on the snow for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. It should become firm and slightly chewy.
  1. Enjoy your maple syrup snow candy:
  • Use a fork or your fingers to lift the candy off the snow. If you’d like, you can wrap the candy around popsicle sticks or wooden skewers to create a lollipop-like treat.
  • Enjoy your homemade maple syrup snow candy immediately, as it will become sticky and lose its shape if left out for too long.

Remember to always be cautious when working with hot syrup, as it can cause burns if it comes into contact with your skin.

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