So you like maple syrup, eh?
Along with hockey, poutine and being overly apologetic (sorry!), maple syrup is a staple of Canadian culture and a sweet treat that we love to celebrate. There’s nothing tastier than Canadian maple syrup on a stack of warm pancakes, as a glaze for flaky salmon or to drizzle over a creative concoction.
Stuff your face
The best part about visiting a sugar bush this season is that you have the perfect excuse to indulge. Mmmm… pancakes. Mmmmmm… sausages. And after the main course, get outside to roll some maple taffy in the snow. If the snow’s all gone by the time you get there, never fear! You can always buy some sweet treats to take home with you.
Behind the scenes
Who was the first person to come up with the great idea to pour tree sap on a pancake anyway? Legend has it that the first maple syrup maker was an Iroquois woman, the wife of Chief Woksis! To get an inside look at how the golden treat is made, be sure to catch educational demonstrations at one of the many Maple Syrup Festivals across the region.
Fun facts about maple syrup
- Canada produces more than 80 percent of the world’s maple syrup.
- In Ontario, we produce over a million litres a year!
- It takes approximately 40 gallons of raw tapped sap to produce one gallon of maple syrup.
- A tree takes about 40 years before it’s big enough to tap.
- Quebec produces two-thirds of the world’s syrup.
- Stored properly, a sealed container of maple syrup can keep for several years.
- It’s apparently the secret ingredient in a master cleanse. Celebrities including Beyoncé attribute maple syrup to their weight loss and detox regime, which consist of consuming only maple syrup, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and water for 10 days straight.
The sweetest reason for a road trip
Plan a fun-filled day of activities for the family and make memories that are sure to stick with you for a long time. See blog below for maple syrup events near you!