As my family began getting ready for the food frenzy my visit to Quebec would bring on, one thing that my oldest niece, Maude, wanted to be sure my sister would fix for us is Tire sur la Neige, or Maple Taffee on Snow. This treat is one most popular at sugar shacks during maple syrup season, but great anytime there’s snow outside.
- 2 – 3 cups maple syrup
- Freshly gathered snow packed tightly into a wide, low container
Pour the maple syrup into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until it reaches 240°F on a candy thermometer, approximately 4-5 minutes.
- Using a ladle, drizzle some of the hot syrup onto the snow, making certain not to cover the entire surface (you can re-pour additional syrup after the first round of taffee is gone).
- Let the taffee set for a minute then pick up by rolling on a fork or wooden chopstick.
Notes: Don’t have snow where you live? Finely-crushed ice from a blender would work!