Along with snow ice cream, you can also learn how to make maple syrup snow candy. There’s even a bit of interesting science behind how this simple maple snow candy is made and how snow helps that process along too. No snow? Don’t worry, we have more fun candy science activities you can make below. Find fun new ways to explore science all year long including winter right here.
MAPLE SYRUP SNOW CANDY RECIPE
WINTER THEME SCIENCE WITH SNOW
Kids will love trying out this maple syrup snow candy recipe and creating their own unique sweet treats too. A snow winter offers some neat activities to try.
Go ahead and collect some of that freshly fallen snow to make this super easy snow cream ice cream recipe! If you don’t have any snow, try our homemade ice cream in a bag instead! Perfect for any hot or cold day all year round.
This winter activity is perfect for kids of all ages to try at home or in the classroom. Add it to your winter bucket list and save it for the next snow day.
Snow is a great science supply that can be readily available during the winter season provided you live in the right climate. If you find yourself without snow science supplies, our winter science ideas feature plenty of snow-free science and STEM activities to try.
WINTER SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS
These make great winter science activities for preschoolers through second grade! You can also check out some of our latest winter science activities below:
SUPPLIES FOR MAPLE SYRUP SNOW CANDY
You might be wondering if real snow is safe for use in these edible activities. Here’s a bit of information I found on consuming fresh snow. Read through this article and see what you think. *Eat snow at your own risk.
If you are expecting it to snow, why not set out a bowl to collect it. You’ll also want to try Homemade Snow Ice Cream too.
MAPLE SNOW CANDY INGREDIENTS
- 8.5oz Grade A Pure Maple Syrup (must be pure!)
- Baking Pan
- Fresh Snow
- Candy Thermometer
HOW TO MAKE MAPLE SNOW CANDY
Read the step by step directions below to whip up these tasty maple syrup candy treats in the snow!
Pure maple syrup is a must as the added ingredients in many syrups won’t work the same way! Get the good stuff and enjoy some pancakes or waffles too.
MAPLE SYRUP SNOW CANDY RECIPE
You can collect the snow and bring it outside or get prepped to take your heated maple syrup outside!
Also, try packing the snow tightly in a container and carve little areas or designs to pour the maple syrup into for fun shapes.
Press in food grade popsicle sticks or candy sticks while the syrup cools to make maple candy pops!
- Bring a pan outside and fill with fresh fallen clean snow and place in the freezer until you need.
- Pour a bottle of pure maple syrup into your pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, while stirring constantly.
- Stir and boil until your maple syrup until your candy thermometer reaches 220-230 degrees.
- Carefully remove the pot from the burner (the maple syrup and pot will be very hot) and set on a hot pad.
- Carefully spoon your hot maple syrup onto the snow using a tablespoon.
- The maple syrup will harden quickly, you can remove the pieces and eat like hard candy or you can wrap the candy pieces around the end of a food-safe wooden craft stick.
MAPLE SNOW CANDY SCIENCE
Sugar is a pretty cool substance. Sugar itself is a solid but maple syrup starts as a liquid that can go through a neat change to become a solid. How does this happen?
When the maple sugar is heated, some of the water evaporates off. What’s left becomes a very concentrated solution, but the temperature has to be right. A candy thermometer is needed and you want it to reach around 225 degrees.
The cooling process is where the snow comes in handy! As the heated maple syrup cools, the sugar molecules (the smallest particles of the sugar) form crystals which in turn becomes the fun candy you get to eat!
That sure is some fun edible science to try this winter.
MAKE MAPLE SYRUP SNOW CANDY THIS WINTER!
If you are interested in finding even more fun things to do outdoors this winter with all that slow, check here for a fun winter activity selection and a great podcast!