High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, salt, cellulose gum, molasses, potassium sorbate (preservative), sodium hexametaphosphate, citric acid, caramel color and natural and artificial flavors. Ingredients are similar for Aunt Jemima, Hungry Jack and Log Cabin syrups.
That’s quite far from natural maple syrup tapped from the tree!
Take The Taste Test
If you think you like commercial pancake syrups, try a side-by-side taste test. Buy a bottle of the real deal. The label will say 100% Pure Maple Syrup and there should be just one item on the ingredient list: maple syrup.
And that maple syrup has wonderful uses, far beyond breakfast.
WAYS TO USE REAL MAPLE SYRUP
On oatmeal, crunchy cereal and biscuits
Glaze chicken, duck, pork and salmon
Glaze a juicy baked ham
Glaze carrots, green beans and sweet potatoes
Drizzle on baked or mashed butternut squash
Add to vinaigrettes, marinades, barbecue sauces and chutneys
Add to baked beans
Lunch & Dinner
Use as a syrup on ice cream or rice pudding
Sweeten baked apples (just fill the centers of cored apples and bake)
Replace some of the sugar in pecan pie and gingerbread cookies
Pour onto a crunchy cereal
Sweeten iced tea and coffee
Sweeten hot chocolate
Make a maple martini
RECIPE: MAPLE SYRUP WITH PORK
Buy your favorite cut of pork: belly, loin, chop roast—there’s really no way to go wrong (see our Pork Cuts Glossary for inspiration).
Slather that pork in maple syrup, and hit it generously with some kosher salt and coarse black pepper. Then roast it the same as you normally would (the lower and slower the better, in our opinion). Baste with syrup often, ideally using some of the maple-icious pan drippings.
You can also reserve the drippings and blend them into mashed potatoes or polenta for a sweet spin on a favorite comfort food.
From pancakes to pork chops, 100% real maple syrup makes all the difference.
FOOD 101: DO YOU KNOW THE GRADES OF MAPLE SYRUP?
What’s the difference between Grade A and Grade B; or Grade A Light Amber, A Medium Amber and A Dark Amber? It’s the strength of the flavor, with Grade B the most robust. Details.