Spiced Maple Taffy on Snow with Almonds

  • Preparation 10 MIN
    Cooking 15 MIN
  • Servings 6
We gave the traditional maple taffy on snow a kick of cayenne, as well as warm winter spices like cinnamon and star anise.



  1. Place very clean snow in a dish and pack it down. Set aside in the freezer before cooking the taffy.
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the almonds just until slightly golden. Add the cayenne pepper. Season with salt. Let cool in a small bowl.
  3. In a deep pot, bring the syrup, cinnamon and star anise to a boil. Continue to boil, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 238°F
(115°C), about 10 to 15 minutes. Off the heat, remove the cinnamon stick and star anise. Using a metal spoon, pour a small amount of taffy over the snow to check the consistency. If it is too stiff, add a bit of water and mix well. If it is too runny, cook longer.
  4. Pour thin lines of taffy over the snow. Let the taffy harden for a few seconds, then twirl around wooden popsicle sticks. Coat in the almond mixture.


Golden maple syrup was chosen here for its delicate flavour.

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