Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Maple on My Mind

Maple Syrup Grading Sampler
This year for Christmas Mama Brownie gave me a Pure Vermont Maple Syrup Grading Sampler. What’s that you ask? A tasting kit for maple syrup. Sweet! For those of you still recovering from Fat Tuesday or craving pancakes, this maple-y goodness is for you...

While we generally see the grade A liquid gold in grocery stores, maple syrup actually comes in several different grades and this little box has them all. The lightest is “Vermont Fancy,” next is “Grade A Fancy,” followed by “Grade A Dark Amber, and last but not least, is the rich “Grade B.” Personally, I’d give the “Grade B’ an “A, ” I’m always in favor of MORE maple flavor. But different strokes for different folks, believe it or not, Lawman strongly prefers the fake stuff (I'm looking at you Vermont Maid--and you, too, Aunt Jemima!) to pure maple syrup. Unfortunately in my experience Grade B syrup isn't easy to come by in the city (or most places outside VT). Got a tip on where to pick up some? Feel free to pass it this New England gal's way! In the meantime, I'll go back to panicking about the mild winter potentially leading to a syrup shortage...

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