100% New York State maple for me. Sadly I don’t order waffles or pancakes out because they almost always serve brown maple flavored corn syrup and chemicals…Ruins the poor things..
I’ve used Steen’s pure cane syrup on pancakes and find it makes for a welcome change, but I’ve always had to bring it home on the plane with me. It is simply unobtainable in most Northeast supermarkets.
I saw the Log Cabin “All Natural Syrup” in a supermarket today alongside the other Log Cabin products. $4.99, or about a dollar more than the regular Log Cabin syrup. They had two brands of imported Canadian pure maple syrup in the next section, which consisted mostly of honey products. I would not be surprised if a large number people assume it is pure maple syrup.
The AP has a photo of the ingredients list of the new Log Cabin formulation. It reads:
“Syrup (Brown Rice, Sugar, Maple [4%]), Water, Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Carmel Color, Citric Acid.”
So much of pure maple syrup is packed in those polyethylene jugs that are a descendant of the stoneware jugs that some maple syrup was once packed in. If people in the Northeast see one of those containers, they automatically assume it contains pure maple syrup. The imitation producers were packing in clear polyethylene bottles.
I don’t know if Pinnacle’s packaging is deceptive, legally speaking. If you gang all the words together on the front label, it reads “Log Cabin All Natural Syrup”. Perhaps the real maple syrup producers need to band together and get trademark and trade dress protection for their product.
Log Cabin says they removed HFCS from all their syrups, as have a lot of other food producers recently. Hunt’s ketchup removed HFCS.
Maple syrup is very good, but have you ever had Louisiana pure cane syrup? Try it. Very different from maple but I actually prefer it.
When I use syrup, I use it very sparingly. And I don’t use it very often. So if I’m going to use syrup, it’s going to be pure maple or molasses.
I will gladly pay the extra for the REAL stuff.
I have friends with a sugar shack in Vermont, I get about 1/2 gallon each year in exchange for some frozen skyline chili
I can’t imagine not having anything but pure maple syrup. Way cheaper to buy it by the gallon. It freezes nearly indefinitely. While Vermont is the largest producer, I wonder why other producing states like NY, PA, ME and MN haven’t joined in the fray. And yes, I think their packaging is disengenuous at best even if it does not say maple on the label.
I prefer birch syrup made right here in The Mat Su Valley. Tastes similar to maple but has a more earthy flavor.
As far as I know, real syrup is made from the sap from maple or birch. That is the only ingredient.
Sure, its a dirty trick.
Since the label does not say what kind of syrup it is, Vermont officials should start seeding a rumor on Internet message boards that the syrup is Ipecac syrup. Typical pair of troll posts:
Poster 1: Anyone know what type of syrup Log Cabin’s new syrup is?
Poster 2: It is Ipecac syrup.
I wouldn’t buy it, for two reasons. I can get good pure maple syrup here in Minnesota.
Second, Pinnacle Foods doesn’t seem to have a full ingredient list on its web site.
I’m very sensitive to sulfites, and I react badly (anaphylaxis) to artificial maple syrups, which are loaded with them. (I have to be very careful about syrups in restaurants, and pretty much avoid them unless I can be absolutely sure that the place is serving pure maple syrup — like in Vermont.) I know the site says there are “no preservatives,” but I’d need to read the label for myself to be sure. The fact that they say it is “all natural” doesn’t impress me. Sulfites occur naturally (for example, in wine).
Oh — there’s a third reason: Pinnacle Foods, which also manufactures Aunt Jemima pancake mixes, discontinued my favorite, the buckwheat pancake mix. So — I’m mad at Pinnacle Foods, anyway.
Is this much ado about nothing? Log Cabin’s new syrup, I guess is Fructose free and has 4% actual maple syrup…far better than their normal stuff…but it’s not “pure” maple syrup. Notice the word “maple” isn’t on the label. Does Vermont have a valid argument? Is this deceptive packaging? And if it is indeed better than the regular bottled imitation syrups, would you try it? We don’t usually buy pure maple syrup, but try for the best bottled imitation brand. What do you think? Does this new syrup serve a good inbetween nitch?
We would be happy to host you in Alaska if and when you decide to come up here. We have some great Roadfood places here that I would love to initiate you to.
R.W.’s for the first stop and then the AK Dog Stand on the Palmer, Wasilla Highway, and then to the Tastee Freeze on the Parks Hwy. Also on the Parks Hwy, A Jerky Wagon that sells Bison, Elk, Deer, Moose, and venison versions.
Not to brag, but we have the best roadfood for miles around.
Thanks, Boyardee, for the offer, but I think I’ll wait until I get to Alaska to sample the birch syrup. (Got to visit the shrine of Wasilla where Sara lives – said with a heavy drip of sarcasm )
Yes we have birch trees around here, but they’re puny little things with a short life span – you have to go to a cooler place like Maine or Alaska for real birch trees. Come to think of it, I wonder why they dont make birch syrup in Maine?
Boyardee: You sold me on the birch syrup… until I found out it was going to cost me $40 for 8 oz. delivered. Hell, I hate to pay that much for a bottle of Bourbon or Scotch, so I guess it’ll have to wait ’till I get to Alaska someday.
It’s in a nice looking bottle and appears to be real – this is where it pays to be a label reader.
All Natural but fake maple syrup. I don’t like syrup but if I did I would buy 100% real maple syrup. I also buy real butter and real milk.
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