Candy was a very rare treat for the children of the early pioneers. and pennies too precious to be squandered and sweet treats were something everyone could do without.
So the children lived in anticipation of the time when the sap would run again in the maple trees for early spring was the time for Candy on the Snow.
When the sap was collected and in the process of being boiled into maple sugar, the older folk always made sure that a little of the boiling liquid was poured on the snow where it hardened into delicious candy.
As time passed molasses candy began to be made more and more frequently until finally it became an almost
weekly treat. Half the fun was in the making and taffy pulls became a much-loved pastime with the younger
The above taken from: Out of Old Nova Scotia Kitchens by Marie Nightingale