So you survived Snowmaggedon/the Blizzard of 2016/Jonas and now you have a ton of snow. Loads and loads of snow in fact. Time to collect it and make one of my favorite Canadian treats: Tire sur la neige!
Tire sur la neige, which quite literally translates to “pulling on snow”, is a sugar house classic in Canada. I have memories of hobbling down the cobblestone street in my ski boots to the little shack at the base of Mont Tremblant after ski class each Saturday to get my $2 tire sur la neige. I never ate it quickly enough so it would start to melt and drip down onto the sleeves of my jacket. Worth it.
Pure sugar, the treat is cooked maple syrup that reaches soft ball stage. This allows it to be thick and sturdy enough to roll on a popsicle stick but not so hard that it becomes brittle.
I wasn’t paying attention to the first batch of these I made (thank you disaster movie marathon) so the temperature reached 250 degrees before I pulled it off the heat. While soft at first, it didn’t take long for the tire to harden to a completely solid and brittle form.
I haven’t skied since 2012 but this weekend I was glad to still have all of my old gear with me. My hoarding has finally come in handy. I was able to done my ski suit, goggles and gloves and feel like I was back in Montreal. It also reminded me of why I’m so glad I live in the South and don’t experience this sort of weather all winter long.
2 Cups of maple syrup, dark amber
- Candy thermometer
- Popsicle sticks
- Collect fresh clean snow on a baking sheet, patting it in to form a hard work surface - if the snow is to soft, wet the snow to make it more firm
- Place baking sheet in freezer until ready to use
- Pour maple syrup into a medium heavy saucepan with a candy thermometer clipped to the side
- Heat on medium high heat until the temperature reaches 242 (or just above soft ball)
- Transfer liquid to heatproof container with a spout to make pouring easier
- Remove snow from freezer
- Pour tire in thin strips over snow
- Press a popsicle stick into one end of tire
- Let tire harden for a few seconds and then roll it on the popsicle stick
- Enjoy immediately!