Maple rock candy is made by heating maple syrup and pouring it into molds. Maple cream is whipped and sold as a spread. Other candies made with maple syrup include saltwater taffy and fudge. Sap is collected from sugar maples in a process called sugaring.
Maple rock candy is made by heating maple syrup and pouring it into candy molds. The syrup is made from maple sap with the excess water boiled from it. Some candies have corn syrup or brown sugar added to them, but that type is more accurately known as blended maple sugar candy rather than the original version, which is made from maple syrup only.
When maple syrup is heated, the color of the syrup lightens and the syrup starts to become a little firmer in consistency. These are both indications that the syrup is starting to crystallize. At that point, it’s placed into molds, often made from rubber. Candy is sold in many forms, including people, animals, and Christmas designs, but the maple leaf is probably the most popular and common form available.
Maple cream is also made with just maple syrup, but it’s very different from maple sugar candy. Maple cream is whipped and sold as a spread in jars and is heated to a lower temperature. Some people use it as a cake frosting, but it’s commonly served on toast. Maple Creme is also sometimes available as a filling for some packaged cookies. It differs from maple butter in that it has no added butter.
Other types of candies made with maple syrup include saltwater taffy and fudge. Maple saltwater taffy has syrup added to the ingredients during production, while maple fudge is similar to fudge. Some sugar maple trees have sweeter sap than others, and this can affect the sweetness of different maple candies.
Collecting maple sap from sugar maples is called sugaring. The sap is taken from maple trees using holes in the trees. Plastic pipes, sometimes called pipelines, carry the sap from the tree into a holding tank or bucket. Acer saccharum is a type of sugar maple commonly found in the northeastern regions of the United States. A sugar maple usually supplies sap for at least 100 years.