It’s National Maple syrup day and being raised in New England, I’m a total maple snob. I hate the fake maple flavor syrups with a passion. I had my mom bring me back a gallon of REAL syrup from Maine that is already gone (she gave it to me less than a month ago). These maple candies are hard candy and quite tasty. They’re a bit of a challenge to make if you’ve never made candy before, but if you watch it and are vigilant, they should turn out fine.
You’ll need: Metal cookie cutters, 1 cup Maple syrup, 1/8 tsp cream of tartar, a candy thermometer and parchment paper. This made about 10 candies, but you can easily double the recipe.
1. Combine cream of tartar and maple syrup.
2. Bring slowly to 300 degree using a candy thermometer. Make sure your thermometer isn’t touching the bottom of your pan.
3. While the syrup is coming to temperature, spread the parchment paper over a cookie sheet and set out cookie cutters.
4. When the syrup reaches temperature, you’ll want to move fast and get it poured into the cookie cutters or it can burn quickly. Let cool completely and pop out of cutters.
~ by Leanne Johnson on December 17, 2012.