Sugar on Snow

29 Mar


Sugar on Snow, originally uploaded by scootersbabygirl.

I’m going to edumacate you.

This is Sugar on Snow.

What is sugar on snow? Sugar on snow is maple syrup that is poured when it’s nice and warm over snow. It turns into this taffy/gum like substance that is sweet and delicious to eat.

Saturday was VT’s annual Open House for all of the sugar shacks around the region, and we headed to one of them to show the kids some serious sap boiling. After driving down one of the sloppiest roads I’ve been on in awhile, we wound up at the shack. There were tons of people there sampling mustard (the family makes homemade mustards) and relish, raised donuts and, of course, sugar on snow.

Toad and Babygirl both tried some and actually didn’t care for it. Why? “It’s too sweet”.

REAL maple syrup is sweet, especially if you stay away from that Grad A namby pants stuff and head for the delicious Medium Amber. Medium Amber is the most delicious form of maple syrup there is. It’s dark and rich and kicks Aunt Jemima’s ass.

And you can’t be afraid to use it. Vermonters use maple syrup whenever they feel like it, without worrying about the price (because the majority of us know people who make it and can get it for a very good price). Want some delicious tasting carrots? Slather it all over the carrots after you’ve boiled them. Want delicious pork loin? Mix it with BBQ sauce and heavily baste the last hour and a half of it’s cooking time. Never, EVER be afraid to use real maple syrup.

There. Now you’re one step closer to knowing what it’s like to be a true Vermonter.

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4 Responses to “Sugar on Snow”

  1. Sherry March 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    My grandmother used to make it for us when we were kids. All my friends would come over for it. She had a wood stove in her kitchen (along with an electric one) and she would boil and simmer the maple syrup for hours until it was ready, then she’d bring in a big tub of clean snow and pour it out for us. It was always so good.

  2. Jennifer Nguyen March 29, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    I am SO jealous!!! I want to live in the snow incredibly bad!!!! I know, I know. I am crazy!!!

  3. Mistress March 29, 2009 at 7:23 pm #

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  4. Katie March 29, 2009 at 10:57 pm #

    Syrup on vanilla ice cream, syrup on plain yogurt, syrup on oatmeal…I’ll stop short of actually drinking the stuff straight out of the bottle. But VT syrup is the absolute best in the world!!! And our cheese is awesome too.

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