We’ve been meaning to try making maple taffy in the snow forever and had I known it was this easy I would have done it months ago. The only ingredient you need is maple syrup (I use amber – nice and dark and rich in flavour).
You want to be sure your snow is on a flat surface (ie, ledge or table outside). If you don’t have a flat surface, pack some snow into a baking tray or plate (outside).
Heat some maple syrup in a pot on med-high heat. If you have a food thermometer, you want the temp to reach 112ºC. My thermometer doesn’t go that high, so I just brought the maple syrup to the highest temperature (220ºF, which is approx 104ºC). If you don’t have a thermometer, you can heat your maple syrup until it foams, which should be hot enough.
The maple syrup will foam when it’s really hot so I give it a quick stir as I take it outside, to break the foam away.
Pour the maple syrup into little 3-5” strips.
Place a popsicle stick at one end and press it into the maple syrup. Start rolling the stick along with the maple syrup, towards the other end. If you wait too long before rolling it begins to harden and won’t roll as smoothly (see video below).
It might be a little hot at first, depending on how quickly the process takes you.