Friday, February 4, 2011

Little House: Molasses On Snow Candy

We had to go purchase something that typically does not live in our pantry.

Brown sugar.  Gasp!

But . . . we needed it for school.  Can I claim to need Starbucks for school?

Since we have been blanketed by snow and ice for what seems like several weeks (not that I am complaining . . .  it makes me feel like I am in Colorado  . . . kind of . . . except Colorado doesn’t get continuous snow like this on the front range) --

. . . . as I was saying, since we have been with snow it seemed fitting to make Molasses-On-Snow Candy Little House style, which we read about in Little House in the Big Woods.


Typically, you would use maple syrup to create candy.  However, even if we HAD a tree, we wouldn’t have any sap (the tree doesn’t run in December/January).  And since we are forgetting that there normally is maple syrup in our refrigerator, we had to use brown sugar . . . which we pretended was really cooked maple sugar because it is easier to store and transport. 


  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 or more pie pans  or skillets
  • saucepan
  • heatproof pitcher
  • glass of cold water


  • Collect some fresh snow.  Avoid any snow that is yellow or brown.  {Insert smile.}


  • Combine molasses and brown sugar in a saucepan.  Choose a large enough pan that will allow all of this sugar to boil up.


  • Needless to say, bring contents to a boil, stirring frequently to prevent burning.


  • Soon after the liquid comes to a boil, test the syrup by drizzling some from a spatula into a glass of cold water.  You want the syrup to be around 245 degrees Fahrenheit.


  • If the syrup clouds the water or remains formless, then you need to heat the mixture longer.  BUT if the liquid forms a ball, circle, disk etc. then act fast!
  • Pour hot syrup into a small pitcher.


  • Grab your snow.


  • Go to work pouring the hot liquid onto the snowy surfaces you created in your pie pans.


  • Don’t try and achieve perfect, circular candy.  Won’t happen . . . unless you are an experienced candy maker, I suppose.


  • When candy has become hard, place it on top of wax or parchment paper.


  • I found that you will have lasting result by placing it in the freezer.


Enjoy . . . . I will warn you . . . the Molasses-On-Snow Candy has a rather strong flavor.

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