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Maple Candy | How to Make Maple Candy

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Maple candy is incredibly delicious. It only has two ingredients and can be made in less than an hour, start to finish.

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Maple Candy

Want to make your friends and family a healthy treat? Get your kids eating this healthy snack instead of processed chocolate and other junk food. It’s a perfect, natural way to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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What is maple candy

Maple candy is a sweet confection that is popular in the Northeast United States and in Canada. You can find it at every maple syrup store or festival around.

It can be made several ways. You can use just maple syrup heated to about 30°F over the boiling point where you live. This type is referred to as maple sugar candy.

It can be made with butter as we are doing today which will help with foaming. This candy is less hard so it’s great for folks with braces and the like.

You can also make it with butter and milk or cream. Which will make a creamy candy. That is again, more chewy.

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What maple syrup should you use?

You can really use any grade of pure maple syrup for this recipe. Don’t use imitation maple syrup. That will not work.

Grade B will make a slightly darker candy but grade A will work as well.

What you need

  • pure maple syrup – don’t use imitation processed maple syrup. It will not work. You can make this candy with just maple syrup. The only thing butter does is help with foaming.
  • butter – use unsalted or salted butter, you can also substitute a bit of vegetable oil or milk, cream.
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Ingredients for maple candy.

Optional ingredients

Many times you can find them with optional ingredients like salt (think of salted caramel) and walnuts. If you would like to add them, feel free.

How to make them

  1. If using candy molds lightly spray with non stick spray or add a few drops of oil and coat them with your finger. If using a jelly roll or bread pan, line it with parchment paper or spray and wipe off excess.
  2. Wipe off the excess with a paper towel.
  3. Pour syrup into a large saucepan or pot. The syrup will bubble up and foam so make sure you have a large enough pan.
  4. Bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  5. Once it boils add the butter and stir until melted.
  6. Test the temperature with a candy thermometer. The temperature of the boiling syrup should be about 240°F (soft-ball stage) 32-34 degrees F above the point water boils at your elevation. See below for a link to determine your elevation by zip code.
  7. Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for a couple minutes.
  8. Then stir it vigorously with a wooden spoon until it losses it’s gloss, thickens, lightens in color and turns opaque.
  9. Stop stirring. If it cools too much it will be difficult to pour or spoon into molds and it may harden in the pan.
  10. Work quickly. Pour the mixture into molds, smooth them off with a flat spatula or the flat side of a knife. As the candy cools it will begin to harden and you may have to spoon it into the mold. If it hardens make sure to push it down with the knife so that it fills in the mold.
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Process for maple candy.

Let the candy cool for about 10 minutes. Pop them out of the molds. Place them on a rack to completely cool for a couple hours.

Pro tips for your success

What you need

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Maple Candy | How to Make Maple Candy

Maple candy is incredibly delicious. It only has two ingredients and can be made in less than 30 minutes, start to finish.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
cooling time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 candies
Calories: 77kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $6

Ingredients

Instructions

  • If using candy molds lightly spray with non stick spray or add a few drops of oil and coat them with your finger. If using a jelly roll or bread pan, line it with parchment paper or spray and wipe off excess.
  • Wipe off the excess with a paper towel.
  • Pour syrup into a large saucepan or pot. The syrup will bubble up and foam so make sure you have a large enough pan.
  • Bring it to a boil over medium heat.
  • Once it boils add the butter and stir until melted.
  • Test the temperature with a candy thermometer. The temperature should be about 240°F (soft-ball stage) 32-34 degrees F above the point water boils at your elevation. See below for a link to determine your elevation by zip code.
  • Remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for a couple minutes.
  • Then stir it vigorously with a wooden spoon until it losses it’s gloss, thickens, lightens in color and turns opaque.
  • Stop stirring. If it cools too much it will be difficult to pour or spoon into molds and it may harden in the pan.
  • Work quickly. Pour the mixture into molds, smooth them off with a flat spatula or the flat side of a knife. As the candy cools it will begin to hard and you may have to spoon it into the mold.
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Notes

Pro tips
  • The tricky part is learning how much to stir and when to stop stirring. If you stir too much the mixture will harden in the pan. If you don’t stir enough, it may not harden at all. If it hardens, add about ½ cup of water and slowly reheat. Start the process over again.
  • Did you know that water boils at different temperatures at different elevations? You need to check the boiling point of water at your elevation. Just enter your zip code.
  • Once you quit stirring, work quickly to get the candy into the molds. It may help to have two people working on it. One to pour or spoon the mixture into molds and one to smooth out the bottoms of the candy.
  • Use rubber molds, wood molds or silicone molds.

Nutrition

Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 61mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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22 Comments

  1. I really tried to follow the instructions. The syrup was getting really thick and hard to pour into molds, but it never got hard and the soft syrup is just stuck in my molds. I am thinking I needed to beat the syrup longer but feel it wouldn’t have poured at all into the molds. I love the flavor though.
    I don’t believe the recipe is at fault. I believe I need to try again but do something different… like beat the syrup longer?

    1. It’s definitely a fine line. Did you get it to temperature it should be at your altitude? That is the single best test of whether to candy will harden, or not. Did you read the Pro tips section in the article? You can add water to it and try it again.

  2. 5 stars
    I am definitely saving this recipe to try making one of my all time favorite candies! But you do know those are pot leaves, not maple leaves, right? That’s why you’re getting those comments! Funny, but not maple leaves!

    1. Actually, they are in fact, representative of Acer saccharum, or Sugar maple. They have a similar shape to Cannabis sativa (marijuana), the leaf is less profoundly lobed than pot. These are definitely sugar maple. I have a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell University. Funny observation, though!

  3. I particularly like the pot leaf molds–I bought the regular maple leaf ones though–the family and friends are a bit more conservative…

  4. 5 stars
    I love how simple and basic the ingredients are. Like you said, so much better for you than heavily processed chocolate bars. Cannot wait to try these!

  5. 5 stars
    Honestly in Niagra Fall the NY side, this was my favorite candy I always made mom buy when we visited it now I cant wait to make it

  6. 5 stars
    These are not only amazing to make at home but I bet they taste amazing. And I love the level of details – fantastic recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    The way you explained how to do this is perfect! My candy came out the perfect texture and I have some that is hard as rock! Thanks for doing such a great job with the instructions!

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