The rest, I can live without. The food is usually too salty and too fatty for my taste, there are usually too many people and with three kids (one of which is 9 months old), it’s really more of a work out than a fun activity. So this year instead of telling ourselves that we should make an effort, try to find a place where we could take the kids, not too far out of the way, etc, etc, I decided to bring the sugar shack to my backyard.
We took some nice clean snow and made a nice little block on the back porch. Then, following Ricardo’s instructions, I boiled some maple syrup until the temperature reached 238F. I took it outside and we poured it onto the snow. Using some spoons, though I wish we’d had some Popsicle sticks, we scooped up the taffy and headed for the best sugar rush ever. I mean EVER. Maple syrup is good, but maple taffy is maple syrup times 10. For a caramel addict such as me, it is the perfect dessert.
The only thing I would do differently is to boil the syrup to just shy of the 238F required as the syrup keeps cooking when you take it from the stove to the snow. The taffy got just a bit harder than I would have liked but still, for a first try, it was better than I could have hoped. So if the snow is getting to you, as it is beginning to get to me, make yourself some maple taffy and reconcile with Winter for a little while longer; Spring is coming, I can feel it.