The air is crisp. The leaves are changing. And HOCKEY SEASON IS BACK!
Plans have been made.
Jerseys have been dusted off.
And the DVR is about to be filled to capacity.
To celebrate this glorious day, I think we should all eat a few (dozen) pieces of maple candy.
They’re simple to make. They taste like Fall. They’ll be great company for your belly during those marathon weekends when your team and your husband’s team both have back-to-back games on opposite coasts and you find yourself spending 6 hours straight in front of the TV, two days in a row.
- 12 ounces maple syrup
That’s it. Maple syrup is the only ingredient you’re going to need. But you’ll also need a candy thermometer and a candy mold. That is, unless you want to eat the candy straight out of the pot when it cools or maybe you just want to plop down lumps of candy and eat messy candy lumps, which is also totally fine. No judgment. Just eating.
I used this delicious syrup from Trader Joe’s.
Canada. Where the Flames play. Did I mention that hockey is back?
Bring the maple syrup to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir occasionally until the syrup reaches 235 degrees Fahrenheit (110 Celsius).
Remove the syrup from the heat and allow the temperature to drop to 175 degrees Fahrenheit (80 Celsius). Don’t stir the syrup during this step, just keep an eye on it. When the temperature hits 175 F, stir the syrup continuously for five minutes. I suggest using a heavy plastic or wooden spoon because the scraping sound of metal on metal for five straight minutes might drive you mad.
The syrup should now be creamy and its color should be much lighter than when you first started stirring.
Pour the syrup into your candy mold
And allow it to cool completely before removing it.
That’s it! GO FLAMES GO!
Also, go Flyers in the event that the Flames are not playing the Flyers.