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How to make Snow Candy – Historical Winter Activity for Kids

Looking for the coolest winter snack for kids? How about a kids activity for winter that will make you the coolest Mom on the block? You have got to try making Snow Candy this winter – it’s memorable, fun, and (you’ll love this homeschoolers) – historical!
Snow Candy Recipe - this is a fun winter activity for kids of all ages. This historical snow candy is a fun way to talk about frontier times while eating a yummy, easy to make snack for kids. Here is our recipe for this FUN winter kids activity #recipes

How to make Snow Candy


I am always on the lookout for creative things to do with my kids. So when my friend Lisa mentioned that her mom use to make snow candy I was immediately intrigued.

The History of Snow Candy

After doing some research, I learned that this was a traditional treat from back in the 1800s. It is even included in Little House in the Big Woods book by Laura Ingles Wilder! So now it was not only a fun idea, but a historical fun idea! That is right up my alley.


How to Make Snow Candy

There are actually several different types of snow candy you can make. The pictures in this post are from when we made Molasses Snow Candy. (Yum!)

Maple Snow Candy Recipe

Molasses Snow Candy

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 4 TAB molasses
  • 1/2 teas vanilla
  • 2 TAB water
  • 2 TAB vinegar

Maple Snow Candy

1 cup real maple syrup
1/4 cup butter instead

Add all ingredients from one of the above snow candy recipes to a stock pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil until you have a soft ball stage (240 F) for chewy candy or hard ball stage (310 F) for hard candy ideal for sucking on or crunching.

Candy Stage Test

Candy Stage Test
If you don’t have a candy thermometer you can just put a drop of the hot mixture in a cold glass of water. If the candy drop becomes firm but pliable you have soft ball stage. If the candy becomes hard and cracks when pressed it is at hard ball stage.  This takes about 7-12 minutes.

Drop your Candy in the SNOW!

This is just one of all recipes I've shared on this blog of our family tested recipes!

Now comes the fun part. pour the candy on clean, fresh snow that is at least 2” thick. The candy will sink down ever so slightly (less than 1/2”).


Pick & Eat Snow Candy

let's have our snack outside!

Now let your kids pick up the candy & enjoy!

Delicious, Memorable Snow Candy Winter Activity

Delicious Snow Candy      Best winter activity for kids - snow candy

This is such a fun, memorable snowy day treat! So enjoy a treat from the past that is still fun today! This is just one of all recipes I’ve shared on this blog of our family tested recipes!

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About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - and

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