Vermont Maple Candy
Maple candy, or maple sugar candy, whichever name you use (we've heard just about everything), is comprised of 100% maple syrup with no additives besides time, temperature, and some stirring. Our maple candy here at Carman Brook Farm is handmade in small batches from our family’s sugarhouse kitchen in northern Vermont. We think it's nice to give a gift that you know isn't loaded with preservatives (maple syrup/products are naturally shelf stable due to lack of moisture), or struggle to read a label filled with small print requiring you to strain your eyes. Our candy maker is making a fresh batch near daily to ensure the freshest product is delivered to your doorstep. Also, be sure to keep an eye out, as throughout the year we may have unique shapes available applicable to the holiday.
One of the benefits of being produced with nothing but 100% pure maple syrup, is that maple candy retains the gluten free and vegan qualities of its original form. Maple syrup is produced from tree sap tapped in the spring time, then boiled down to 40 times less than its original volume with no additives. As you can see in the next paragraph, the process to turn maple syrup into maple candy is relatively straight forward, with the only secrets being the handling procedures to control sugar crystal formation, ensuring the smoothest candy possible. Carman Brook Farm candy is sustainably harvested and produced using all natural tree sap, our tapping practices ensure our trees grow uninterrupted throughout their entire natural lifespan.
How to make maple candy?
Using only a few gallons of maple syrup at a time, we produce sugar candy from the maple trees. After the syrup is boiled to 35 degrees above the boiling point of water, it rests a bit and is poured slowly into our candy making machine. An auger stirs the syrup and as it flows from the machine, we catch the maple sugar in molds that set up much like fudge.
Our Vermont maple syrup candy is available in two flavors. The traditional, light candy is made with a light grade of syrup with a sweet maple taste. Or, the dark robust maple candy with a caramelized maple finish. If you cannot decide which flavor, we would suggest you get a mixed maple sugar candy box and decide for yourself.
How long does maple candy last?
Maple candy is never better than the day it is made. We make our maple candy weekly and rotate it off the rack every other week. Over time sugar candy will start to dry out. You can keep it in the fridge or the freezer to preserve freshness. A good general rule to follow is to get what you will consume as candy in a month’s time and use up any leftovers in a bowl of oatmeal or in a hot beverage.
How does temperature affect maple syrup candy?
Humidity is the biggest factor in how temperature will affect maple sugar candy. If the conditions are too humid, the candy may start to reabsorb water from the air. This causes the candy to start weeping and stick together. The good news is that it will not affect the flavor.