Making homemade maple syrup taffy is a timeless winter tradition. We have such fond memories of doing this as kids. It’s easy, fun, and delicious! It’s fun for the whole family.
Originally an Indigenous (or First Nations) tradition, settlers soon learned how delicious this treat is.
“Tire sur la neige” which translates to “maple syrup on snow) was popular among French settlers in the Canadian Province of Quebec – and quickly spread through Canada. In the Northeastern US, it is sometimes called sugar on snow, candy on the snow, or leather aprons.
In the spring, sugar season runs for about four to six weeks, from March to April. This is when the tree water freezes at night and thaws during the day. Trees are ‘tapped’, and the tree sap is harvested. This tree sap is clear and tastes like very lightly sweet water (we like to drink it just like that)
Traditionally, the tree sap is then boiled down in sugar shacks, where families and friends would get together and make maple syrup taffy, too.
All you need to join in this fun piece of history is syrup and snow! But…Be sure to pick clean snow 😛
The ingredient list and recipe instructions are available as a free download below.