We’ve told you before about the maple syrup cartel in Canada’s province of Quebec, to which the producers of most of the world’s supply of the sticky amber stuff belong. 72% of the world’s syrup currently comes from cartel members, and the group is about to have members increase their production, which could send maple prices plummeting. [More]
The griddle is hot, the batter is tasty and you’re cozy in the kitchen, whipping up a delicious batch of pancakes. But before you cover those fluffy circles of breakfast delight with maple syrup, there are a few things you should learn, as an informed breakfast consumer.
If you think people don’t take maple syrup seriously, clearly you have never been to Vermont. While that state already switched up its grading system for the sweet stuff, the rest of the country is set to change as well with new categories introduced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture this week.
Gone are the days of different grades of maple syrup, at least in Vermont, where the sticky shadow of Canada’s industry makes people take maple syrup very seriously. The state has switched up the grading system for syrup, removing “Grade B” altogether and confusing some customers in the process. [More]
Just because authorities apprehended some of the sticky-fingered bandits behind the $20 million theft of part of the global strategic maple syrup reserve in Quebec last year, that doesn’t mean that the world’s maple syrup supplies are safe. Oh, no. In Maine, authorities have found illegal taps on innocent maple trees on private property.
You think you can pilfer $20 million worth of the global strategic maple syrup reserve and just get away with it, you’ve got another think coming. There are a lot of pancakes and waffles that are well served by the sweet stuff and Canadian police are taking the job of rounding up those responsible for the heist very seriously. They just made three arrests in the case, and are looking for five others allegedly involved. [More]
Last month, some maple miscreants made off with millions of dollars’ worth of maple syrup from a secure warehouse in the Canadian province of Quebec. We can all breathe a sweet, sweet sigh of relief: authorities may have recovered the syrup. They discovered somewhere between 600 and 800 barrels of unknown origin with an importer in New Brunswick. The investigation continues, but the syrup is safe. It’s currently under police protection.
First, let us reassure you: there will be no maple syrup shortage this year. Repeat: there will be no maple syrup shortage. However, police in Quebec, Canada are trying to determine the whereabouts of millions of dollars’ worth of maple syrup that disappeared from a warehouse in the town of St-Louis-de-Blandford. It wasn’t just any warehouse full of concentrated tree sap that was burgled: it was the temporary storage site of the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers’ global strategic maple syrup reserve. Which is apparently a thing.
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.
Many of us are fully aware that a lot of food products that say “maple” rarely contain even a drop of real maple syrup. Such is the case with McDonald’s new Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. But the people of Vermont take their maple seriously and they’re demanding that McDonald’s make changes to the product or its labeling.
Bacon, Hot Dogs, French Fries, Cheese, Gravy, French Toast And Maple Syrup Combine In 'Angry French Canadian'
Reader Kimaroo noticed that something was amiss with the with the single-serve bottle of maple syrup she receives with her French toast at Cracker Barrel. Not only did it seem smaller, she could have sworn that the bottle used to contain 100% maple syrup instead of “100% Pure Natural Syrup.” Fortunately, she had another bottle from a different Cracker Barrel visit stashed at home, and was able to compare the ingredients. Indeed, her maple syrup had been hit by the Grocery Sugar Ray: nearly half of its mapley goodness has been replaced with cane syrup.