Food You Can Make in the Snow: Maple Taffy

[Snow way! It’s already Spring?  Here’s a Winter recipe I’ve been hoarding for many moons]

It’s SNOWING! Tiny puffs of cold crunch against my cheeks as I run through the winter wonderland that is Seattle. Evergreen trees are thickly coated with the cold stuff, and prickly emerald limbs peak out every here and there. Kids block off the streets for prime sledding time—the scratch and scrape of plastic against the steep slope mixed with raucous laughter permeate the neighborhood.


After all that playing and romping, you deserve some food. Why not use the snow out front to create some syrupy sweet candy?

All you need is some maple syrup and a small pot. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll have yourself a hard, sweet taffy born of the snow*.

*Make sure this snow is 100% fresh and no one has messed with it. That would be gross for many, many reasons.

 Recipe for Maple Taffy Made with SNOW!

*Source: Wikipedia

Servings: 5-6 hard candies

Time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Snow easy, it’s insane


  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • Fresh snow


  1. Scope out your snow. Find yourself a good clean patch of snow that’s reasonably close to your front door. Make sure no one has messed with it, including neighborhood dogs and/or other small critters (if you know what I mean).
  2. Heat the sweet. Grab a small pot, add syrup, and place over a VERY LOW flame. Cover and bring to a boil for about 7 minutes (or until it starts to smell like it’s burning).

*Note: Do yourself a favor and don’t stir the syrup—it needs to stay in place for science reasons.

  1. Dump & clump. I know how this sounds like bad instructions, but it’s literally what you’re about to do. Bring your covered pot out the front door to your claimed patch of snow. Pour the molten liquid into the snow and let sit for no longer than one minute (otherwise it’ll get too hard). Pick it up your maple taffy candies and EAT.

*Note: If you’ve done this right and the snow is cold enough and you’ve boiled your syrup long enough, the syrup should clump together and freeze. If the syrup wasn’t boiled enough, it’ll run straight through the snow. In that case, try again and boil for longer! As Wikipedia says, “the higher a temperature one boils the initial syrup, the thicker the final result will be.”

Serving Suggestions

Eat the candies quickly! They melt rather fast despite their hardened nature. For extra yumminess, fetch a glass of cold milk or heat up a cup of piping hot cider. Both will pair well with your maple taffy.


Quick Clean Up

No need to clean up the snow! (Isn’t that nice?). For the small pot, fill it with boiling water and soap and let soak. This should dislodge all of the sticky stuff and allow for easy cleaning.


Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Maple leaf candies are also a thing. A very delicious thing.

MORE SNOW FOODS? You got it.

You didn’t reference Jon Snow at all during this recipe. How could you?

Also, here’s one more pic of Seattle in the snow! And also a great example of where NOT to make maple taffy.