(WTNH) - Molasses Snow Candy Recipe
This recipe is based on one from The Little House Cookbook by Barabra M. Walker.
This recipe requires a small ceramic pitcher (A creamer works well), a candy thermometer, and fresh snow. The pitcher's spout helps control the flow of the molasses. The handle on the pitcher allows the kids to pour the molasses without touching a hot cup directly.
1 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
Prepare 3 or 4 pans of snow using 9-inch pie plates, cake pans, iron skillets and the like. Gather fresh clean snow into the pans and leave them outside in the cold.
In a small saucepan, stir the molasses and sugar together over medium heat with a rubber spatula. Heat the mixture to 245 degrees Fahrenheit (firm ball stage), stirring frequently. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. When the molasses mixture has reached 245 degrees Fahrenheit, remove the pan from the heat and carefully pour the molasses mixture into a small ceramic pitcher. Place the pitcher on a plate in your work area.
Bring the pans full of snow into the work area and allow the kids to pour the molasses mixture onto the snow. Read them the riot act about how hot and dangerous the molasses is and supervise them closely. You have about 10 or 15 minutes until the molasses starts getting difficult to pour.
About 5 minutes after the molasses has come into contact with the snow, test to see if has solidified. If it feels cool and hard, it's ready to go. Let the kids eat some. Gather up the rest as it hardens and store it in an airtight container in the freezer. Or you can do like I did and leave it out to "dry" and watch it slowly turn into goo. That way you don't have deal with kids pestering you for molasses candy for the next two weeks.
Yield: 3/4 pound
Prep-time: 10 minutes
Kid activity time: 15 minutes
Recipe demonstrated by: Cindy Rowland
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