By Harley-Anne Hamilton.
This looks and tastes as good as it sounds and is a fun eSS&SC Kool For Kids project. Gather your friends and family and learn how to harvest your own maple syrup then have fun in the kitchen.
- Pour about a 1/4 cup of water into a baking sheet or shallow dish. Freeze the dish (outside if the temperature is under 32 degrees, or in your freezer) to make ice. Or, we’re having a late winter, use a pile of fresh snow.
- Heat about a cup of pure maple syrup in a pan over medium heat. (Why? To evaporate the extra water in the syrup.) Stir constantly until it has a thick consistency. Have patience, it may take about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from heat. Let it cool a little.
- Get the dish of ice and drop spoonfuls of the hot syrup onto the ice. The sudden temperature change will harden the syrup into a taffy.
- Eat right away as quick treats, wrap around a popsicle stick, or put them in your hot cocoa for a bit of a different taste!
- Share your newfound treat and yummy science experiment with friends and family!
- Try Harvesting your own Maple Syrup,
Tip: Maple Syrup and Pancake Syrup are not the same. Read the ingredient label on the bottle to know for sure.
Harley-Anne Hamilton is our new Kool for Kids writer. She works numerous jobs, including on a local farm and as the Programming Assistant for the Plymouth County Extension Office—all while finishing up her senior year at Quincy College.