Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day (TODAY!) With the Real Stuff From New England

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Pure Maine maple syrup is so much better than the fake stuff.

I give credit to my husband for introducing me to a number of foods I had unintentionally excluded from my diet, including, but not limited to, kimchi, sardines, and pear lambic. Now, I love all three.

The "new" food I most associate with my better half, however, is real maple syrup. Shortly after he graduated from high school, my in-laws moved to Maine, and since then my husband has been privy to a steady supply of hand-crafted, small-batch maple syrup made by his parents' neighbor "Sweet William."

Which is why when I brought out the Aunt Jemima the first time we consumed pancakes together at my apartment Wyatt nearly had a stroke. "Throw that stuff in the garbage," he said with an air of disdain I've never heard him use since then. "Where's the real stuff?" Long story short, I've never been without pure Maine maple syrup again.



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Aggie_Kelli
Aggie_Kelli

I don't see my previous comment so I'm writing it again just in case.  This article makes no mention of the difference between Aunt Jemima maple syrup or the real thing or even what makes the real thing so good.  Kind of a let down really.

bridey.oleary
bridey.oleary

@Aggie_Kelli Aunt Jemima syrup has a dozen-plus Franken/manmade ingredients while "real" maple syrup is 100% maple syrup.

yourdad
yourdad

 @Aggie_Kelli  Aunt Jemima or any similar "syrup" is a travesty of taste and health and deserves to be thrown into the trash. What makes the real thing so good? Well for one, it is "real."  Second--if you try it, you'll know. . . 

bridey.oleary
bridey.oleary

@Aggie_Kelli  It tastes like sugary autumn with NO distractions. I apologize if you can't quit perceive the taste. You only recognize purity (in my experience) by comparing the 'real' stuff to adulterated.

Aggie_Kelli
Aggie_Kelli

That wasn't the point.  Yes the answer is fairly obvious but I wanted to know what she liked so much about it.  If you're going to boast about it, tell me why.

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