Molasses-on-Snow Candy

-from the Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker

Prep time: 30 minutes

Makes: ¾ pound of candy


  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 nine-inch pie pans


  1. Fill pie pans with fresh snow, then set outside in snow to stay cold while making the candy.
  2. Combine molasses and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce to medium heat and cook for five minutes, stirring regularly to prevent burning.
  4. Test the syrup by dripping from a spoon into a glass of cold water until the syrup forms a firm ball in the water, or if you have a candy thermometer, heat syrup to 245 degrees.
  5. Remove from heat and divide hot syrup between two pyrex measuring cups.
  6. Bring in pans of snow and pour syrup onto snow in a thin stream, making lines and curlicue patterns if you like.
  7. Allow candy to harden, then break into bite-sized pieces.
  8. Serve.

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