It snowed — I mean really snowed — last weekend in southeast Nebraska. Mother Nature gave me the opportunity to do something I've always wanted: make candy in the snow.
|Snow begins to fall Dec. 3, in Lincoln, Neb|
(*To this day I still imagine that people in Wisconsin, Vermont or any of those heavily wooded northern states spend their winters making and eating maple syrup. If I am wrong with this assumption, please do not correct me. I need something to believe in.)
Candy made out of snow seemed like the coolest thing in the world to me, and I hoped one day I would make it.
That day came Sunday. We had a good snow the day before, which squelched in desire I had to commune with the outside world. As I sat at home by myself for a couple of hours it hit me. There was snow outside AND I had molasses in my cupboard left over from a previous Reading in the Kitchen recipe.
It was too good of an opportunity to pass up.
I searched around on the Internet to figure out how to do it. After reading a few other posts, I decided to go with it and see what worked.
Here's how it went down:
|Add 1/2 Tablespoon butter to pan over medium heat.|
|Add 1/2 cup molasses. So gross.|
|Add 1/4 cup brown sugar.|
|Bring the mixture to a natural boil and whisk it.|
Don't let it burn.
|I began making designs in the snow. This is an L for "Laura," |
because that is my name.
Final thoughts: Even though I didn't fall in love with this dish, I would still do it again. (I guess I just don't like the taste of molasses.) If I lived back in the pioneer days, and I did not regularly eat processed sugars, I bet I would have thought it was pretty delicious.
It was fun, took all of 10 minutes and it would be a great winter activity to do with kids. I encourage you to give it a shot with your young ones.
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