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Hi dears, I'm Frances Devaney from the candy-coated mystery series set on Mackinac Island. It's been a long tough winter on Mackinac, but as always we know the snow will melt and the flowers will appear.
This month is called the sap moon, because traditionally the sap starts rising in the trees. This means it's maple syrup time. When I was a youngster we would make maple syrup candy and pour it in the snow and watch it harden. Or wrap it around a Popsicle stick a few times for a lovely maple pop.
Here's what you do: Go out after a clean fresh snowfall and pat the snow firmly in a 13x9 inch pan. Keep it in the fridge or outside.
Take 1 cup (more or less depending on the number of candies you want.) of PURE maple syrup. Make sure it's 100% pure maple syrup. Pour the syrup in a pan and bring to a boil. Boil until it reaches the softball stage or 240 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. Then get your snow filled pan and carefully pour syrup lines in the snow. If you want candy pops, immediately place a Popsicle stick at one end and carefully roll the candy around the stick.
Let cool completely and enjoy!
So when March comes in like a lion, take advantage of the snow to make the last snow candy of the season and celebrate before it goes out like a lamb. While you're at it, enjoy a good book like Forever Fudge by Nancy Coco.
What is your favorite thing about March? Tell me in the comments below. Cheers, Frances
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