But maple syrup? Blech.
Fast forward many, many years and now I always eat maple syrup on my pancakes AND waffles.
|I outgrew my hatred of maple syrup.|
But the maple syrup you buy in the store, unless you're buying pure maple syrup, isn't really REAL maple syrup. Sorry, Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth's, but you're pretty much just corn syrup. (Side note: how come there isn't a male brand of fake syrup?)
Pure maple syrup is tapped from a maple tree as sap and then boiled until all the water evaporates and all you've got is the sugar, which at a temperature of 219 degrees becomes syrup.
|Sap collecting in a bucket on a tapped tree|
I attended one of the demonstrations last weekend out of curiosity for just what this event was. The promise of a maple syrup taste test also did a lot to lure me there.
|Mindy, our guide for the day, tapping a tree!|
|If I'm promised food, I will usually show up. Also, there is quite a difference between real and fake syrup!|