A couple weeks back we wrote about the state of Vermont’s allegations that McDonald’s Fruit and Maple Oatmeal violates state law for lacking actual maple syrup. Now the fast food chain and the Green Mountain State have reached an accord that will give the folks of Vermont the option of getting the real-deal syrup if they so desire.
So starting Feb. 1, customers at Vermont McDonald’s stores can request 100 percent maple syrup or sugar to be added to the restaurant chain’s new Fruit and Maple Oatmeal to settle complaints that the company improperly labeled the product as maple flavored in the state.
According to the governor, the maple flavor currently used in the Fruit and Maple dish is extracted from the bark of a bush related to the maple tree. It should be noted that a lot of maple-flavored products, like many mass-produced “pancake syrups,” are not made from the sap of the maple tree.
For now, it looks like only McDonald’s customers in Vermont will be getting the option of real maple syrup.
Vt. announces maple settlement with McDonald’s [Bloomberg]