Did you know that today is National Maple Syrup day?! Neither did I. I was really expecting this to sneak up on us sometime in March, when the trees are tapped and sap is boiling. But December 17 it is!
In case you haven’t noticed, I LOVE maple syrup. Liquid gold as my family calls it. I am planning to make the Maple Cream Candy later today to celebrate. You should too. But if candy isn’t your thing (really? really?) you could try one of these VVG recipes:
Hot Maple Souffles (so impressive! and delicious! and boozy!)
Spicy Almond Cashew Maple Popcorn
Chai Tea (yes, chai tea)
Maple Almond Granola
Or, you could celebrate in your own special maple syrup way. But let me know what that recipe is so I can try it!
Maple Cream Candy
2 c maple syrup
1 c heavy cream
1/2 c pecans, optional
1 tsp. vanilla
Boil syrup and cream until it reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer (soft ball stage). Stir often. Cool until lukewarm (110 degrees). Add nuts and vanilla and beat until thick and creamy (by hand). Pour into a buttered pan and cut into squares.
Enjoy your maple syrup day!!