Maple taffy – Tire sur la neige
It would be a shame to visit Québec and miss out on maple taffy. If you are a lover of all things maple, like myself, you will love this! In the historic city center, you can find it year round in shops, and all winter there is a little kiosk set up in Place d’Youville next to the ice skating rink. But the best time to try it is during spring, coupled with a visit to a cabane à sucre or sugar shack, of course. March and April are the months of maple syrup, or le temps des sucres as they say in Québec. It’s when the temperature is below freezing at night and above freezing during the day. This helps the sap to flow just right.
Maple taffy is very easy to make, and you can even try it at home if you have access to clean snow. Maple syrup is heated to 112 °C (234 °F), then poured in a line on the snow. With a wooden popsicle stick, you then press down on one end and roll to the end of the syrup line. It comes up off the snow easily and then you eat it! Repeat until you get a headache from the sugar rush.