Third best thing? Scraping off the top layer of snow, making perfect, pristine snowballs with the under-layer, and covering them with maple syrup and chopped nuts. Consuming, immediately. Of course.
MAPLE SYRUP SNOWBALLS
A friend, who lives, part-time, in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont once suggested that I pour the syrup from his area over snow for a tasty treat. I've refined his recipe. Just a tiny bit.
Make 3-inch diameter snow balls and place in a bowl. Pour maple syrup over them. Let it seep into the snow. Pour some more syrup to insure the the snow is thoroughly drenched with flavor. Sprinkle with chopped nuts of your choice. Ah, granita di sciroppo d'acero.
Allegra just loves a bite of snow - neat.
SUSANSIMONSAYS: I recommend grade B maple syrup for this particular applcation. It's deep, rich, mapley flavor gives the snow the boost you want. In fact, I always use grade B maple syrup - which is something like maple caramel syrup! I chopped up some sweet and salty roasted almonds - leftover from last week's cocktail prolonge` - for the topping.