It´s not just the kids that´ll be impressed by these snowy day sweet treats and they take a lot less time and preparation than traditional caramel.
Put ½ cup of pure maple syrup, NOT CORN SYRUP, along with 2 tablespoons of butter and a pinch of sea salt into a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Pick a pan that´s much bigger than your mixture as it´ll bubble up a lot – and it´s hot!
Bring it to the boil, stirring frequently. It won´t take long for the mixture to hit top temperatures. You can either do it by eye or, with a candy thermometer, wait till it hits 234°F.
Then head out to the snow. Pick a clean bit of snow – you can use the joke about don´t eat the yellow snow now- and dribble your taffy onto it with a metal spoon.
Give the kids (and the grown up kids) a wooden popsicle stick to scoop up the insta-cooled caramel before the soft taffy hardens.
This is not a recipe for kids; the mixture is very hot and has to be carried outside!
If you don´t have access to fresh snow, put shaved ice in a blender. It also works over ice cream.
To make taffy pops pour the mixture in a line and roll it round the popsickle sticks like cotton candy.
To quote Little House on the Prairie: “They could eat all they wanted, for maple sugar never hurt anybody” – worth remembering!