Did you know maple syrup comes from the sap in trees and is wonderful on pancakes or waffles?

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 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 label to know for sure.