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10 Sweet Surprise Facts and Uses for Maple Syrup

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Maple Syrup is a staple in most homes, as a sweet drizzled topping for pancakes and waffles, desserts, and more. While there are many imitation syrups out there, nothing beats the real deal. It’s not cheap though, and may have you swapping out for the less expensive (fake) versions of the sticky stuff.

However, when shopping for syrup, there’s lots of reasons why you should be investing in the liquid gold 100 percent maple version for more reasons that just the taste of this perfect pancake topping. Maple syrup has more uses and nutritional benefits, than something that’s just flavored sugar (basically, corn syrup and a bunch of other crap). Here are some sweet facts and uses for maple syrup that may surprise you…

1. It’s Expensive for Good Reason

Maple syrup isn’t just something that’s expensive because it’s a hot commodity. Maple syrup is incredibly labor intensive to make, as well as being a hot commodity. In one season, a single maple tree yields about 35- to 55-litres of sap when it’s tapped.

To make just one litre of syrup, it takes 40 litres of sap. So think about that for a moment, in one season, one tree will produce likely only one litre of syrup.

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