Winter is here. It’s snowing outside. Wind is howling. I went outside to take some pictures today and I have to tell you – the camera was a lot happier in the 13 degree wind chill than I was.
And when we talk about neige (snow) in Quebec and all things snow-related, we have to mention Tire sur la neige, because that’s one of the province’s most distinctive offerings. Tire sur la neige, or sometimes simply tire d’érable, is a taffy made by boiling maple sap past the point where it would form maple syrup but not so long that it becomes maple butter or maple sugar and pouring it directly onto fresh snow. The result is a soft, flexible, delicious sugar candy that you have to try.
Tire sur la neige is available at most sugar shacks but you can also certainly make it at home. The recipe is below. It’s so easy to make and delicious to eat! Enjoy!
Maple Taffy on Snow; Tire sur la neige
12 popsicle sticks
2 cups pure maple syrup
clean, cold snow. You can use crushed ice. (I suggest putting the snow in the freezer overnight to ensure that it’s super cold)
Note: Make sure you have everything laid out well before hand. Once your maple syrup passes the 200′F mark, you really need to really pay attention, because the temperature will reach 245′F very fast.
- In your small pot, boil the maple syrup until it reaches a hard ball stage and until the candy thermometer registers at least 245˚F. A word of caution: It will be VERY HOT! Handle with care!
- Transfer the syrup into a measuring cup for pouring.
- Pour the maple syrup in a line on your snow. Wait for half a minute for the taffy to set and harden, and then roll your maple syrup taffy around a Popsicle stick. Enjoy!