Sugar on Snow

Sugar on Snow Recipe

The Holidays are always a time for going home.

For visiting family and loved ones.

And a time for traditions.

Sugar on Snow Syrup on the Stove

But as we get older, as much as we want them too – things just don’t usually stay exactly as they were.

Traditions change and adjust.

We have to move between multiple households, or maybe our childhood home is no longer even part of our family.

Sugar on Snow butter on the pot

But there are certain traditions, that are part of the fiber of our families, that can continue no matter where we are.

Sugar on Snow Syrup Boiling

For my husband’s family, and now hopefully for our children – that tradition is Sugar on Snow.

Sugar on Snow Candy Thermometer

All you need is some fresh clean snow, maple syrup (the real deal), a candy thermometer and a bunch of people to share it with.

Simply gather your snow inside.

Sugar on Snow Snow in Bowls

Place your syrup in a saucepan on the stove.

Use a knife to spread butter around the whole outer edge of the pot.  This will magically keep the boil from overflowing out of the pot (and the hideous mess that would follow).

Watch the thermometer until it reaches between 230 and 232 degrees.  You should start testing it some snow when it gets closer.  If you go to far it will turn really hard when it hits the snow.  If that happens, just add some fresh syrup to the heated syrup.

Sugar on Snow snow

Gather up your love ones and fill their bowls with snow.

Sugar on Snow Scooping Snow into Bowls

Sugar on Snow Line Up

Pour the hot syrup over the snow and it instantly turns to a thick candy like consistency.

Sugar on Snow Pouring the Syrup

Mix with some snow, or just pull it out on its own and you have a yummy sweet treat.

Sugar on Snow Spoonful

And so my daughters learned from their cousins and their Aunt.

And hopefully they can carry this with them to do with their own children and nieces and nephews.

            Sugar on Snow Peanut

Any my husband’s childhood memories, which truly are made of gold, can continue.

Thanks so much for reading.

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18 thoughts on “Sugar on Snow”


  1. You do what????? :teresafaints:
    You put caramel over… snow?
    If this isn’t the sweetest tradition I don’t know what is :). Beats doing snow angels – a big craving I have – sppons down 😛
    So glad that you keep “fighting” for creating new and keeping old traditions for your kids… that’s what they will remember and treasure.
    Blessings and wishes of a wonderful and inspiring New Year,

  2. I love traditions. New and Old. What a wonderfully unique one that has been passed on to your daughters. I have never heard of such a thing but it looks so extremely yummy. I wish we had enough snow so I could try it with my boys.
    Happy New Year!

  3. Playing in the snow was an enjoyable part of my childhood, but now I fear my Texas-born children are deprived of the snowy fun!
    (A sweet, snowy dessert sounds perfect for making good family memories, Laura.)

  4. This has long been a favourite treat & memory of time shared with family and friends here in Canada. Thank you for posting & passing on this tradition so that others may enjoy it too!
    Wishing all of you a blessed New Year 🙂

  5. Have never had sugar on snow…we have always had snow cream made with 1 cup milk
    1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar (adjust to your taste)
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    4 to 6 cups clean, freshly fallen snow
    LOVE IT! Traditions are important,

  6. My aunt went to boarding school in New Hampshire. On one day of each winter, the girls would arrive in class to find writ in large letters on their blackboards “NO CLASS ! SUGAR DAY!!” They would run out and join the fun around caudrons of boiling maple sugar that they were free to feast on as much as they liked in the manner you have described. She said it was one of the best memories of her teen-age years.

  7. I have never heard of this! I dunno…I don’t think I’d want to eat snow though. A bit too “odd” for me, but I could see how it’d be thrilling for kids. 🙂

  8. What a neat tradition Laura!!! My daughter absolutely loves to eat snow (and we have to watch closely that she only eats the clean kind!) and I know she would think this was the best thing ever. Now we just need some snow to come our way! 🙂