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Maple Candy Recipe: Delicious and Easy Snow Candy

Updated on May 1, 2016

Making Maple Sugar Candy is Easy

Maple sugar candy is easy enough for kids to make with supervision, makes great decorations for pies and cupcakes, and is a unique, great American treat.

Goodies made with real maple sugar and maple syrup are one of the things that make me happy. I grew up here in the midwest, where I can get fresh Maple syrup locally, and maple candy is something kids grow up enjoying.

Maple candy is an intensely flavored melt-in-your-mouth crystallized sugar treat that is wonderful anytime.

Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Pure Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32-Ounce
Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup, Pure Grade A, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32-Ounce

Coombs maple syrup is delicious and so full of flavor you will never be able to buy the maple-colored high fructose corn syrup they sell at the supermarket ever again. Real maple syrup may cost more, but you need much less on your pancakes or waffles, and it's so much healthier. Maple syrup is a natural sugar that doesn't need any added colors or preservatives, and it's full of trace minerals your body needs. I think of it as an affordable luxury and a healthy alternative to chemical laden fake syrup.

 

Maple candy is extremely easy to make, but it does require a few special tools, and precision. It can be shaped and molded any way you want, and is perfect if you want a variation on fondant. Ask the kids to help, it's fun and easy and the end product is delicious!

You can pour the maple candy into candy shaped molds, but they do not have to be molded. You can pour them onto a cookie sheet or pan lined with foil; you can cut it into squares, use cookie cutters, or drizzle it into any shape you like. You can even take it outside and pour it on fresh clean snow; kids LOVE to make snow candy!

Food coloring can be used to make maple candy colored. Use them to decorate cupcakes, cakes, pecan and pumpkin pies, or eat them on their own.

You must use 100% real maple syrup, because karo or "maple flavored" pancake syrups are not going to work. For intense maple flavor, use grade A or grade B dark amber real maple syrup.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Total Time: 15-20 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups 100% Maple Syrup Grade A or B
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • OPTIONAL: food coloring and/or pinch of pumpkin pie spice or similar spice mix

Instructions

  1. 1. Spray candy molds or cookie sheet/pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. 2. Pour the maple syrup into a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. When maple syrup boils it gets big and bubbly, so if in doubt go with a bigger pan, you don't want it to boil over.
  3. 3. Insert candy thermometer and add butter. Stir.
  4. 4. Bring the syrup to 240 degrees, stirring occasionally.
  5. 5. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes, then beat the syrup with a greased wooden spoon until it thickens, lightens in color and turns opaque. This takes 3-5 minutes. Stop stirring once it reaches this point, because you do not want it to set in the pan.
  6. 6. Spoon the thickened syrup into your molds, and smooth the tops. Alternatively, drizzle into desired shapes or pour out onto a cookie sheet or pan.
  7. 7. Allow to set for 5-7 minutes, then pop out of the molds or use cookie cutters.
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Maple Leaf Pop Candy Mold
Maple Leaf Pop Candy Mold

Candy molds are reusable and handy for all kinds of candy making, not just maple candy making. You can make maple candy without a mold, but if you want to create something special for the holidays, molds are the way to go! Maple leaf shaped maple candy is a Thanksgiving tradition at my house; the grandkids love it, and so do my big kids!

 

Real Maple Syrup Doesn't Have to be Expensive

Real maple syrup can be a little expensive. I have learned to always check the gourmet foods aisle at discount stores like Marshall's, where I can usually find a few bottles of 100% maple syrup, sometimes the cute ones in maple leaf shaped bottles, quite inexpensively.

If you have access to sugar maple trees and live in the northeastern U.S., you may be able to tap and collect your own sap to boil down. It's easier than you think! There's a link below if you'd like to read more about it.

L.L. Bean gives card members points that can be used to buy their Maine maple syrup, and it's very tasty!

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      We always get maple cookies and candy when we travel to Canada...when we were in Montreal we even had maple syrup frozen on a stick...thanks for sharing this!

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Looks yummy! I grew up in New York State with relatives in New England, so 100% real maple syrup was a 'given'. My grandmother would have loved this Maple Candy recipe.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Yum! Looks delicious. Can't wait to try this out! :)

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      FallenAngel 483 4 years ago

      This sounds like a tasty recipe to have a go at and simple too. I loved the facts I learned lots of things about Maple syrup that I didn't know.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      You're welcome. What a pleasure to find this recipe for one of my favorite holiday candies. I will definitely give it a try this year. I always have at least two bottles of organic maple syrup on hand because I use it so many ways. It is shocking to discover that a single tree produces only one quart of syrup! That's just two batches of the candy.

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Sounds quite tasty to me! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      theallin1writer 4 years ago

      This looks interesting! Never knew you could create maple syrup candies.

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      RavingMadAsAHatter 4 years ago

      Nommmm! I am going to make it!

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: You are very welcome, I hope you have fun making it. And eating it. :)

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      RedHairedRockHead 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: I'm glad you like it Sylvestermouse! And thank you so much for the blessing! I feel so...blessed. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Oooooh, I have never made Maple candy and my husband would love this! Awesome!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for this great recipe for maple candy. I never knew it is so easy to make yourself!