Make Jack Wax Maple Candy

| February/March 2007

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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!

leonie edge
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.

roy fritz
2/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

gather ice from outside and put it in a blemder with canned strawberries rasberries peachs orange juice bannanas add a little syrup or browen sugar they make a winter shake molassis (SP) & butter on fresh cookies for a toppingput canned fruit cut into bit size peices and freeze them outdoor in small cups for a cool treat in front of a wood fire try marshmellow cream (in the jar) on saltine crackers or sugar cookiesnext cake grind up your dried fruit and put it in the mix add one extra egg and cook put choke cherry syurp mixed with ice (snow) over the hot cake it tastes good on pan cakesmix different flowers in slushy home cool drinks for the summer. The peddles of different plants give it a different smell roses peach blossoms plum bloosoms try a combogreat for mixed drinks also

w gibson
2/9/2007 12:00:00 AM

This is called "sugar on snow" where I come from - Vermont, the maple syrup capital of the world!Another traditional element in VT is to serve with freshly made raised donuts and dill pickles. Some donut to cut the palate, then pickle, and ready for more sugar! Don't want to make a habit out of this, so we only do "in season" - usually March-April - when there's "new syrup". You can enjoy this at many of our open sugarhouses year round in VT. Make sure the snow is clean!

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