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Truthfully, my goal with this recipe was to create Maple Leaf Candies. They typically are commercially made by heating maple sap past the syrup stage. The sweetness just intensifies as it concentrates. At the crystalline stage, it is whipped then poured into a mold to become maple candy. Sounds easy but not very healthy. That is where I stepped in and decided to healthify them. I will be very honest, I didn’t think the WHOLE process through. I just got to darn excited for my own good. This is typical for me. I whipped up a batter, piped it into leaf molds and threw them in the freezer. Even at this point the logical side of my brain didn’t kick in. Eight hours later, still soft, placed them back into the freezer and shut the door. Again, the logical side of my brain didn’t even let off a spark. I left them in the freezer overnight. Come morning, I slid (love socks on wooden floors) into the kitchen, made a screeching sound (like a little boy playing with Match Box cars) and whipped the freezer door open. I grabbed the mold and touched the candies. Soft. THEN, and only then did my brain have one of those, “AH HA!” moments. Dates my dear friends don’t EVER freeze solid. I knew this!!!! Oy-Vey! It was a sad moment because they sure looked beautiful!
Before I could smack myself silly for my lack of “thinking”, I got my itty bitty spoon out (it makes me smile because it is so cute) and scooped out the batter. During that process my brain was already conjuring up a new way to try making these. I jotted down my idea and moved forward with the batter. That my friends, is how I came up with Maple Sweetness Bites. Now, I certainly could have omitted this complete story and have you believe that this treat came out exactly as intended. BUT I wanted to share with you… don’t get caught up in expectations, learn to go with the flow and allow your creative side to shine. Great things are discovered in moments such as these.