Molasses-on-snow candy


All week long Pa had been tapping the maple trees and now 
he had a big vat of maple syrup. Mary and Laura poured loops of syrup 
in the clean snow to make maple candy. How good it tasted! In the morning Ma 
made Belgian waffles and everyone covered them in maple syrup and ate until they 
could hold no more. Then in the afternoon all the other settlers came to the Ingalls' house. 
They brought fiddles and mandolins and accordians and saxophones and grand 
pianos. They played music and danced until dawn. Mary and Laura had to 
go to bed, but for a long time they lay awake in their warm eiderdown 
 bed listening to the musicians playing Chopin waltzes and 
mazurkas downstairs. How happy everyone was!
 

From 'Little House in the Big Woods' 
by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)

 
Learn how to make molasses-on-snow candy (Maple Syrup Taffy) here:  
'The Kitchn' blog (where the photo is from) or buy the book :


The Little House Cookbook: 
Frontier Foods from Laura Ingalls Wilder's Classic Stories

Available here
 

Illustrations by Garth Williams (1912-96)



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