Notes About Sugar on Snow


20090406-sugaronsnow4To make, simply bring some fresh maple syrup to a boil and cook until it reaches a temp of 235.  If it’s not hot enough, it will be runny – if it gets too hot, it will become candy!  Once you’ve reached the correct temperature, simply drizzle the hot syrup over a pan of packed snow.  Grab a fork or a spoon and dig in!


1. Collect snow from winter storm. Store somewhere safe. My father insisted on using day old snow and we had no idea who had stepped on it– or better yet peed on it outside.   I always told him to take the snow from the top of a car to make sure it was unadulterated.

2. Make maple syrup. Heat until bubbly and pour over fresh snow.

3. Devour.


The warm syrup crystallizes when reacting with the cold ice. What starts as a stretchy taffylike texture gradually becomes rock hard. At this point, the plastic spoons they give you are pretty helpless. The whole experience feels very Little House on the Prairie.



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.




About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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