Maple sugar! An instant answer. The process is illustrated here.
|Ingredients: 1/4 cup maple syrup, butter or margarine to smear the inside rim of the bowl to keep it from boiling over and a microwave|
|Zap on high for about 4 minutes (depends on your microwave). My low power cabin microwave was set for 6 minutes. At home it is 3 minutes in the heavy duty one. Cabin takes 2 minutes to heat a cup of coffee, at home 1 minute.|
|Starts turning whiter as it cools and the stirring crystalizes it|
|Suddenly, while still hot its starts to harden. Means I cooked it a little too much. Rush to pour it into the platter before it hardens.|