(PCM) Happy Maple Syrup Day! Did you most of the bottled brown breakfast syrup that you find on grocery store shelves is NOT maple syrup? Imitation syrup (usually labeled “table-syrup” or “maple-flavored syrup”, etc.) is made from high-fructose corn syrup or other artificial flavors and additives.
True maple syrup comes from the concentrated sap of the sugar maple tree (a North American native). It is graded by color, which can range from light amber (like gingerale) to a rich coffee-dark brown; generally, darker syrups pack a stronger, maple-y punch. Though real maple syrup is a little bit pricier than the fake stuff, foodies and maple syrup enthusiasts will tell you that its unique flavor and versatility is well worth the investment (plus those leaf-shaped glass bottles look pretty cool).
Sure maple syrup tastes great on pancakes and waffles, but you can also swirl it in yogurt, coffee, or breakfast cereal… or how about smoothing it over toast? It makes a great glaze for savory foods as well – anything from chicken breasts, ham, roasts or sausages to nuts, beans or brussel sprouts (add a little bacon to your maple-glazed sprouts and it’s basically heaven on a plate). And what better way to finish off Maple Syrup Day than with a traditional maple syrup snow cone (assuming you can find any snow out there).
Whatever is on your menu today, see if you can add a little tree sap for an extra (all-natural!) flavor zing. Happy Maple Syrup Day!