Sugar on Snow

Sugar on Snow

Apr 03, 2024

Sugar on Snow is a traditional Vermont treat that dates back to the early 19th century. It's a simple but delightful confection made by pouring hot maple syrup over packed snow, which causes it to cool and thicken into a taffy-like consistency. The syrup is then lifted from the snow with a fork or wooden stick and enjoyed as a sweet and sticky treat.

Sugar on Snow is particularly popular in Vermont due to the state's rich history of maple sugaring and its abundance of sugar maple trees. The tradition of making and enjoying Sugar on Snow has become deeply ingrained in Vermont's culture, especially during the sugaring season in late winter and early spring when maple sap flows most abundantly. It's not only a delicious treat but also a celebration of Vermont's natural resources and heritage. We recommend using our regular Maple Syrup for highest quality taste!


To make Sugar on Snow, you'll need a few simple ingredients: fresh, clean snow (or crushed ice), hot Maple Syrup, and possibly a small amount of pickles or plain doughnuts to serve alongside.


Collect clean, fresh snow in a shallow pan or on a baking sheet.

Heat pure maple syrup in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches a temperature of about 235°F (soft-ball stage on a candy thermometer).

Pour the hot syrup over the snow in thin lines or a zigzag pattern.

Allow the syrup to cool and thicken for a few seconds, then use a fork or wooden stick to lift it from the snow.

Enjoy the taffy-like candy immediately, and if desired, eat it with a pickle or a plain doughnut to balance the sweetness.

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