What do you know about maple syrup? Oddly enough, I research just about every other food I buy. However, I had never launched a full-scale investigation into maple syrup. I occasionally used it in recipes like this one, but figured it was like corn syrup with a different flavor. Well, I was wrong. We’ll just chalk it up to me being southern (very southern) and maple syrup didn’t find it’s way to our breakfast table unless my dad ate maple flavored bacon. So I hadn’t really put much thought into it.
So, what spawned my curiosity? The nice folks over at Big Tree maple emailed asking if I would be willing to try their maple syrup. Of course, I would. I had just learned a very expensive lesson about maple syrup and needed more anyway.
So, here’s my embarrassing story. A month ago, I bought a bottle of organic maple syrup for the first time in my life. When I used it the first time, I stuck it in the pantry. (Yeah. I hear all you north of the Mason-Dixon line laughing at me now.) I opened it two weeks later. It was no good. Who knew? So, I happily agreed to try this American-made maple syrup. I also promised myself to refrigerate this bottle.
What’s in the box?
Besides my pint-sized bottle of Big Tree Maple syrup, the company also sent me a cute little maple candy shaped like a maple leaf.
The box also included a few double-sided recipe cards, a conversion chart for subbing maple syrup for your favorite sweeteners, a fact sheet, and a brochure from the New York State Maple Producers association.
What are the differences between maple syrup and other syrups?
So, other than the fact that maple syrup requires refrigeration, what did I learn?
- Maple isn’t just a syrup! They even process it into sugars and creams.
- Compared to corn syrup, which provides almost no nutrition, 1/4 cup maple syrup adds 95% RDA Manganese and 37% Riboflavin, as well as other nutrients such as zinc, calcium, and potassium.
- Just because a food carries the label “maple” doesn’t mean it actually contains maple. Look for “maple sugar” or “maple syrup” in the ingredient list.
- You can substitute maple syrup for white or brown sugar. Check out this maple substitution chart.
More About Big Tree Maple
Big Tree Maple is a small father-son business in New York. They started from humble beginnings with 40 taps in 1993. Currently, they sell maple-infused coffee (yes! Coffee!), the molded sugar candies (By the way, that was delicious), 100% pure maple syrups in jugs and squeeze bottles, granulated maple sugar, and maple cream. Their products are 100% natural with no additives. I’m crossing my fingers that they one day offer a coffee-gram subscription box.
I loved their syrup. Unlike the brand I got from the store, it had no bitter aftertaste. I let David do a blind taste-test side by side. He picked the Big Tree Maple syrup, saying that he would prefer that syrup on his pancakes. Even though both syrups were rated Grade A Dark color – Robust taste, Big Tree’s was a bit sweeter leaving a lingering maple flavor on the palate rather than a pungent bitterness.
I modified the recipe below from one I found on All Recipes. It used corn syrup and kale. David doesn’t like kale, so I used spinach. I’ve never cared for corn syrup and wanted to try subbing in maple syrup. The conversion chart that came with my order was right on target. Looking for more maple syrup recipe? Big Tree Maple has a recipe section on their site, but you could also order some syrup from them and get some cards!
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