|In Vermont, about 1 out of every 4 trees is a maple tree.|
|Maple vs. Not Maple|
What is Pure Maple Syrup?
Pure maple syrup is a natural, essentially wild crafted product made by boiling down the sap of maple tree. No additives or preservatives are used.
The process of boiling concentrates and browns the saps sugars, resulting in pure maple syrups rich flavor, amber color, and thickness. Nothing is added during the process, only water is removed.
All pure maple syrup must meet guidelines for density and clarity and be classified into a grade category based on characteristic color and flavor.
What’s NOT real maple syrup?
Many mistake pancake syrups for pure maple syrup, but they’re not, most are a combination of other sweeteners such as corn syrup, cane sugar and flavorings. Prior to the 1880’s cane sugar was a luxury and maple sugar was a staple in New England homes. When maple became more valuable the first syrup blends were produced with other sweeteners initially cane sugar and now corn syrup. The first company to make such a product was Towles’ Log Cabin, but there have been many since. All were attempting to imitate pure maple syrup with a cheaper product and none have succeeded!