Both Mr. Handsome and I grew up reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder in the iconic book series Little House in the Prairie. One memory that always stood out to me was when Pa made candy by pouring boiling maple syrup into the snow.
Like most of the country, we had a cold front come in this week with a lot of snow, much more than Nashville usually sees at one time. We thought we would try our hand at candy making, using the maple syrup that Mr. Handsome made last year from trees on our property. It’s really quite simple. You boil maple syrup up to 235 degrees Fahrenheit in a cast iron pan and pour it into tightly packed snow. After about two minutes, it becomes a taffy like consistency. You can then wrap it around a Popsicle stick or just eat it with your fingers.
Our experience was that you have to eat it pretty quickly or it starts to melt back into maple syrup. Now don’t tell your dentist you made this because boy does it stick to your teeth! But it’s a fun snow day treat and tastes delicious!