Saturday, November 14, 2009


I love maple flavored things. I grew up in Ohio and when I was younger my parents would always take me and my siblings to the Geauga County Maple Festival. I would get sick from all the maple candy I would eat. My dad and I would always get these things called maple stirs. It was maybe about 2 ounces of hot maple syrup in a little styrofoam bowl with a flat wooden spoon. You would stir the hot maple syrup until it started to cool. After what seemed like hours of stirring it would harden into maple candy. My dad is a scientist. He would always explain to me the boiling point and solid and liquid and how it related to the stirring and cooling and all these things I didn't listen to. I was only wanting to frantically stir to get the maple syrup to harden. I was so impatient. To this day he will explain things to me in scientific terms. The difference is that now, I listen to him.

Thanks Dad.


  1. Great blog David,
    I wasn't aware you were doing this, although I was aware of your fondness for baking. Maple is one of those things you look forward to come winter. I'll have to let Corene know about this. Did you ever pour the hot maple syrup on fresh snow in the spring? That's a favourite treat for the kiddies when they visit the sugar-shacks in Quebec or New Brunswick.

  2. Thanks Terry! I do love baking. It's by far one of my favorite things to do. Now I've heard about people doing that with the maple syrup and the snow but I've never done it myself. Doesn't it harden and turn into candy? I need to try it! But not using Chicago snow. :)

  3. I love this story, David. It's really sweet, just like maple and you!!

  4. Yeah David it turns to a hard candy but as kids we used to drizzle it over a snowball... of course as a kid you would eat just about anything if it involed sugar... even if sometimes there was a hint of wet mitten ;p