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All maple syrups are not equal. While the difference between authentic maple syrup and the imitation ‘maple-flavoured syrup’ are known to many, the variation in authentic maple syrups is less widely understood.
Maple syrup, of course, is manufactured from the sap of the maple tree. Common to Northern America, and a traditional export of Canada, maple syrup has been used as a sweetener for centuries.
While the process of manufacturing maple syrup requires gradual heating to remove the water content, many available syrups are further reduced to create a thicker, sweeter syrup. This practice destroys much of the subtle flavour characteristics that maple syrup has long been admired for.
Many commercial syrups also contain corn syrup, glucose, flavourings, preservatives or other additives.
The Essential Ingredient is proud to stock 100% pure maple syrup, manufactured in Canada.
Our maple syrup is rated at grade 1 (also known as ‘grade A’) on the Canadian classification scale, a grade reserved for the purest, most translucent and subtly complex flavoured syrups.
Pure maple syrup is a wonderful addition to many baking recipes, as a substitution for sugar or honey. If using maple syrup in place of sugar in your favourite cake or muffin recipe, simply reduce the quantity of other liquids by 25%.
Pour pure maple syrup over pancakes, crepes, fruit, yoghurt or drizzle across your morning bowl of muesli. Try it with ice cream or as a delicious accompaniment to panna cotta.
Savoury dishes also come alive with a touch of maple syrup; use it to glaze a ham, add to a salad dressing or brush your bacon in a thin layer of syrup before frying.
Whether maple syrup is already a staple in your pantry, or you’ve yet to experience its creamy texture and rich flavour, experience the unique qualities of grade 1, 100% pure maple syrup. Available now from The Essential Ingredient stores and online.