I love fresh snow on the ground because it gives me an excuse to heat up some maple syrup for the traditional Québeçois treat “tire sur la neige”.
To prepare: in a small saucepan, boil the maple syrup to a max of 115C or 239F (a candy thermometer would be necessary). Depending on the quantity of syrup in the saucepan, you can test to see if the “tire” is ready before it reaches the 239F mark by spooning some out and dropping it in a cold glass of water. If it congeals into a droplet (and doesn’t disperse into the water), then it’s ready. Remove from heat and pour over fresh snow. Use a popsicle stick, chopstick, or utensil to twist it up into a ball before it hardens. Enjoy!