Maple Taffy on Snow
This is the icon of the Canadian sugarbush and no trip to a sugar shack is complete without sampling this sticky gooey treat. Hot high density maple syrup is pouring directly on frozen snow creating a soft taffy texture. Taffy does not keep well over time so it's typically only available at the sugarbush during the maple season or it can sometimes be found for sale at larger festivals or fairs. Our suggestion is to simply eat it as you find it because once it's gone - there won't be any more until next year.
If you have yet to try out some of the other maple products offered at your favourite Ontario maple producer this one is the second best choice only to maple taffy on snow. The consistency of maple butter or maple cream (the same product) is light and spreadable, very similar to the consistency of a light peanut butter. Its name comes from the fact that it has a "buttery" or "creamy" texture and not because it has any dairy products added to it. In fact, it has nothing at all added except 100% pure maple syrup. It is perfect as a spread on bread, pancakes, muffins, toast, and biscuits or as a dessert frosting. Take a small container to work with you one day and it's guaranteed not to last the morning.
Soft Sugar Candy
Real, pure maple candy is a real treat with a light outer shell and a creamy texture inside. It is typically made by boiling down maple syrup, stirring it, and pouring it into molds to harden. Maple candy comes in all shapes and sizes but you will most often find it formed into the shape of a maple leaf. This delicious maple product melts in your mouth and releases a rich maple flavor almost like fudge. Every year at festivals and sugar shacks across Ontario, maple candy is a staple treat.
Hard Sugar Candy
Many enjoy the melt-in-your-mouth type treats but others may prefer an all-natural candy that does NOT dissolve quickly. That's what these hard maple candies are designed to do - last a long time! Made entirely with pure Ontario maple syrup and usually individually packaged in the shape of small maple leaves, these candies are an ideal treat for pockets and purses. Take them on road trips, to the office, shopping, wherever you need a little sweet pick-me-up on the go. They are especially handy for grandchildren just about to head home from their weekend visit.
Granulated maple sugar is the most versatile product that is made from maple syrup. Because it has no available water, this product is totally shelf stable, it will not separate or mold. It can be stored indefinitely at room temperature and with proper packaging and moisture control will not loose its granular nature. It can be used in recipes as a replacement for brown or white sugar on a one for one exchange by volume or by weight and is the healthiest of all available sugar types. It can also be used as a topping on cereal, placed in sugar straws or used anywhere other sugar would be used to add flavour or sweetness. The flavor of many products is enhanced by using maple sugar in place of white sugar and is especially valued by many consumers for its natural and sustainable origin.