Maple Taffy Recipes

Make your own maple taffy

For the second year in a row, we won’t be making the ever-popular, long-awaited outing to the sugar shack this spring. So Maple from Canada wants to bring the sugar shack to you!

Learn how to make your own maple syrup taffy and discover 10 delicious variations to give your taffy a sweet or savoury twist.


How to make maple taffy

Ingredients

Microwave Method

  1. 1 cup maple syrup, preferably golden syrup for its delicate flavour
  2. 10 wooden sticks (to make lollipops)
  3. Clean snow. If good snow isn’t at hand, you can use finely crushed ice.

Stovetop Method

  1. A 540 ml can of maple syrup, preferably golden syrup for its delicate flavour
  2. 10 wooden sticks (to make lollipops)
  3. Clean snow. If good snow isn’t at hand, you can use finely crushed ice.

Microwave method

  1. Lightly grease the top 1 cm (3/8 in) of the inside of a microwave-safe container. This will keep the syrup from bubbling over.
  2. Pour maple syrup into the container.
  3. Fill a large flat tray or bin with snow, packing it down. Set it outside or in the freezer while the syrup comes to temperature.
  4. Heat maple syrup 7 minutes in microwave (cooking time may vary according to your machine’s power). You will know it’s ready when drops of taffy turn into soft little balls in a glass of cold water.
  5. You can then pour the taffy into a container and refrigerate until ready to use or pour it in lines on the snow or crushed ice and roll up on sticks for instant lollipops! Or get fancy, combining some of your favourite flavours with maple taffy in these 10 original recipes.

Stovetop method

  1. Lightly grease the top 1 cm (3/8 in) of the inside of a 2-litre (8-cup) saucepan. This will keep the syrup from bubbling over.
  2. Pour maple syrup into the saucepan.
  3. Fill a large flat tray or bin with snow, packing it down. Set it outside or in the freezer while the syrup comes to temperature.
  4. Put saucepan on medium-high heat with a candy thermometer on the rim or its probe in the syrup. Bring to the boil.
  5. Keep the temperature between 237° and 240° F for about 20 minutes. Important: Never stir the syrup during and after cooking because it may cause the taffy to crystallize. You will know it’s ready when drops of taffy turn into soft little balls in a glass of cold water.
  6. Pour the taffy in lines on snow or crushed ice and roll up on sticks for perfect maple lollipops. Or get fancy, combining some of your favourite flavours with maple taffy in these 10 original recipes.

maple taffy bacon

Maple taffy and bacon

Two sugar shack staples meet to bring the tastes and smells of the springtime tradition to your house.

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • 5 slices bacon

Instructions:

  • Fry bacon in the pan, remove, and place on absorbent paper. Cool and crumble.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy pretzels

Maple taffy with pretzels 

Sweet or salty? Have both with this scrumptious maple-pretzel mix!

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • 12 pretzels

Instructions:

  • Put a dozen pretzels into a freezer bag.
  • Crush with a rolling pin or small cast-iron skillet.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy matcha

Maple taffy and matcha

It’s teatime at the sugar shack. Maple and matcha make a marvellous mixture!

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • Matcha tea powder

Instructions:

  • Use a little sieve or screen to sprinkle right onto the taffy.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy sesame seeds

Maple taffy with sesame seeds

A simple, superb match, crunchy toasted sesame seeds are a fun complement to smooth maple taffy.

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • ½ cup (125 ml) white sesame seeds

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 180° C (350° F). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread with seeds. Bake 5 minutes. Remove and stir for even browning. Return to oven for 5 minutes.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy pecan cinnamon

Maple taffy with cinnamon pecans

A flavour combo that you’ll remember and revisit for spring seasons to come!

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • ½ cup (125 ml) whole pecans
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  • Spread pecans on a baking sheet and put in a 180° C (350° F) oven for 15 minutes. Allow to cool. Chop and mix with the cinnamon.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy lemon

Maple taffy with poppy seeds and lemon

Think of a delicious lemon-poppy cake. Now put it on a stick of maple taffy. We bet you never imagined that one before!

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) poppy seeds

Instructions:

  • Peel and mince the zest of half a lemon. Mix with poppy seeds on a dish.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy cranberries

Maple taffy and cranberries

A beautiful new way to experience the maple lollipop, flavoured and studded with bright cranberries!

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • ½ cup (125 ml) dried cranberries

Instructions:

  • Use a sharp chef’s knife to chop the berries finely.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy coconut

Maple taffy and coconut

Take your sugar shack party to the tropics with this exotic take on the classic taste of maple!

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • 1 cup (250 ml) unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions:

  • Spread coconut flakes on a small baking sheet and brown in a preheated 180° C (350° F) for 10 minutes. Mix halfway through cooking time.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy dark chocolate

Maple taffy and dark chocolate

Two classic flavours that are a match made in heaven. We use dark chocolate here but go ahead and use any kind you like or have on hand.

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • 1 bar of dark chocolate

Instructions:

  • Use a sharp chef’s knife to break the chocolate into fine pieces.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.

maple taffy peanuts

Maple taffy and peanuts 

Another mouth-watering sweet and savoury treat! Salted or unsalted, peanuts love maple!

Ingredients:

  • Basic Maple Taffy on Snow recipe
  • ½ cup (125 ml) peanuts, salted or unsalted

Instructions:

  • Use a sharp chef’s knife to crush peanuts finely.
  • Roll your maple taffy in the coating and enjoy.