Thursday, January 25, 2018

Maple Taffy on Snow (or La Tire!)

On Saturday evening, it was warm outside! We got a little break from the bitter winter chill and my family grabbed the opportunity to make some maple taffy on snow. In Quebec, we call maple taffy on snow la tire. I had to look up what it's called in English! So today, I'm talking la tire!

Start by adding some maple syrup to a medium saucepan. Make sure you have quite a bit of room in the saucepan - the maple syrup expands quite a bit as it's cooking. We used 1/4 cup of maple syrup. But you can adjust this amount depending on how many you are making for.

You will need to heat the maple syrup to 115 degrees Celcius (or 238 degrees Fahrenheit). We used a glass marker to put a little line on the candy thermometer. This made it much easier to watch the temperature as the maple syrup was cooking.

Cook the syrup over medium heat until it reaches 115 degrees Celcius, then remove it from the heat. Give it one last stir.
Pack some clean snow into a serving tray. This part is easy - just make sure the snow is clean and well packed!

Use a metal spoon to pour the heated syrup over the snow.
This is where we made some wrong steps - we should have rolled the taffy up right away. But instead we waited a little too long and it turned rock hard! Still delicious! But so, so hard!
Ideally you would roll the taffy up around a popsicle stick. We ended up just going with forks after little success with the popsicle sticks. If you get your taffy while it's still soft enough, you can roll it around a popsicle stick.

Our taffy was so hard that the Bean lost her tooth! I will spare you the pictures of that! The Bean was so excited to get some taffy and on her first bite, her tooth popped right out! I recommend letting getting to your taffy much faster than we did. Maybe pour one or two, then roll it up and repeat in groups of two!

This was such an easy and fun treat! If you have snow around you, I highly recommend making some of maple taffy! This was a tough recipe to to share, I hope I did it justice! If you have any questions, please let me know!

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