So it’s been snowing here. From what I hear on the news, it’s snowing everywhere — even Florida, maybe? No? I thought I heard that somewhere.
But here in Colorado, it most definitely has been.
Don’t let these pictures fool you. Our snowy days are one-quarter loads of fun sledding and laughing and hot cocoa and three-fourths everyone sitting at home while I yell at them for spending too much time on electronics or fighting or something.
One of the things I made everyone do during winter break, though, was pick a night to make dinner. I helped the younger kids when they needed it, but my oldest is finally at the point where he can just go. I told him to make the dinner he chose and…he made it. It was beautiful and I almost cried.
My nine-year old decided to make soft tacos on his night and wanted a similarly-themed dessert, so we made a flan. My first flan. It was awfully thin, but still tasted darn good and I see some flan experimenting in my future (my husband isn’t a cake guy and is already putting in an order for Birthday Flan in August. So I must practice, you see.)
We realized while we were flan-making that the caramel sauce that goes on top also makes excellent snow candy. So simple. So tasty. So retro. We think we could all survive now like the Little House characters except that Laura Ingalls did not have an Xbox.
So, snow candy. Very simple.
Take one cup of sugar and pour it into a saucepan. Heat it over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring all the while. This means we are also building the biceps we swore we would work on this new year, so multitasking = yeay!
After 15 minutes, your sugar should have melted and made a delicious, brown caramel sauce. Have someone grab a pie pan and go scoop up some good, clean snow. Drizzle your warm caramel sauce into the snow, where it will cool quickly and become a nice little caramel pop. Let the kids break off pieces to chew (or lick, if you are a metal-mouthed brace-face like half the people in our family). Delicious!
Also maybe try one of these snowy-weather recipes next: