Make Jack Wax Maple Candy

| February/March 2007

Here is a delicious winter treat that is easy to make and has only two ingredients: maple syrup and new snow. My grandma taught me to make this confection and called it jack wax.

Put 1 cup of real maple syrup in a pan and bring to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer to 235 degrees on a candy thermometer (if you don't have a candy thermometer, cook until 'soft ball' stage, which means a spoonful of the syrup dropped into a cup of cold water forms a soft ball). While the syrup is simmering, take a 9-by-13-inch cake pan and fill it with clean snow, packed down well. When the syrup reaches softball, slowly pour the hot syrup in ribbons onto the packed snow.

With clean fingers, pick up a section of the caramel-like candy and pop it in your mouth. The combination of the super-sweet maple syrup and the slightly metallic taste of the cold fresh snow is a delightful winter treat.

Got a favorite candy recipe your kids love to make? Please share it below.  
2/20/2007 12:00:00 AM

Here in Minnesota, There's a a great little Store in Beaver Bay, and on the last weekend in Feb. They have a "Sugar on snow" Festival.They make this Maple syrup candy. It's Great!

2/10/2007 12:00:00 AM

G'day from Australia!I have a very rich, very, very addictive chocolate recipe for you:World's Best Chocolate - Equal parts of cream cheese and dark choc. bits. Bung in a microwave safe container with lid on MEDIUM (otherwise you will burn a hole in the bottom of your container because of the heat of the cream cheese) until you see steam coming off the cream cheese. Blend in a food processor until smooth and shiny.Use as a cake topping or dollop into shapes. Let cool.Excellent as a gift in small fancy glasses.Dominus tecumLeonie Edge

JIM Rathbone
2/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

OK Sounds good where do I buy fresh packed snow, I don't think they sell that here in Floirda.

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