A maple tree’s sugaring season is a short four to six weeks long, but these industrious makers - who clearly saw the forest through the trees – treat us to maple all year (and all day!) long. Here’s how we tap the sappy stuff morning, noon and night.
Rise n’ Shine - Crispy strips of Dry-Cured Maple Bacon snuggled next to a short stack of wholesome pancakes drizzled (OK, drenched) with Vermont Dark Maple Syrup ensures that you (and everyone in your household) will wake up on the right side of the bed.
Lunch Break - The acronym might be a bit awkward (AB&HMC?), but an Almond Butter and Honey Maple Cream sandwich is perfection. Add a layer of Maple Bourbon Bread & Butter Pickles (AB & HMC & P) for a real Mouthful.
Cocktail Hour - Raise an autumnal old-fashioned to the best part of the day. Sprinkle a half teaspoon of Maple Sugar into the bottom of an old-fashioned glass, wet it with two or three dashes of Maple Bitters and a splash of water or club soda and muddle it. Add an ice cube, two ounces of rye (or bourbon), stir, sip and exhale.
Dinner’s On - Pork chops and sweet potatoes glazed with Maple Sherry Bourbon Vinegar will earn even an amateur chef rave reviews. Roasted Brussels sprouts christened with freshly grated flurries from this ingenious Maple Cube) will turn cruciferous haters into lovers.
Sweet Dreams - If it must have chocolate to be dessert (we feel you), then this Maple Bacon Chocolate Bar will satisfy multiple cravings. Toasted Almond Maple Honey Caramels finish strong too, though.And as if we need another reason to worship this elixir? A tablespoon of maple syrup has about the same number of calories as a tablespoon of white sugar, but it also contains manganese, zinc, calcium, potassium and iron. Pass the syrup...flakes...and cream, please!