Maple SugarMADE BY CROWN MAPLE IN DOVER PLAINS, NEW YORK
Real maple syrup makes breakfast evangelicals out of us all, but who knew we could also get our fix in sugar form?
At Madeva Farms in the Hudson River Valley, the Turner family harvests the sap from 800 acres of century-old sugar and red maples. Much of this sap is made into syrup, but some is reduced, and reduced, and reduced until it becomes maple sugar. It's sweet, of course, but also has hints of caramel and a balancing note of bitterness that makes us want to swallow it by the spoonful.
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Sprinkle onto oatmeal. Mix with oats and chopped nuts to top a fruit crumble, or swap it into your favorite coffee cake recipe.