Tastes of the States

Candy Land

Home to more maple trees than any other U.S. state, Vermont is virtually synonymous with the word “syrup.” While the liquid gold may reign at the breakfast table, die-hard fans know it’s better as a soft, creamy, anytime treat. Made by cooking syrup at more than 200 degrees and then pouring it into rubber molds to cool, maple candy is sold in just about every general store. Good thing the Green Mountain State has sap to spare: It takes one gallon of syrup, or about 11 pounds, to make eight pounds of maple candy. The morsels are most often leaf-shaped, but can come in practically any form—moose heads, snowmen, hearts, even turkeys.