Vermont Maple Sugar

Vermont Maple Sugar
Vermont Maple Sugar
Vermont Maple Sugar Vermont Maple Sugar
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$14.41
Net Weight:
4 oz
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While Canada produces about 80% of the world's supply of maple syrup, many in this country believe that the best maple syrup in the world comes from the great state of Vermont. Vermont has only about 5% of the world's total maple syrup market while 40% of all maple syrup produced in the U.S. comes from this small state. Native Americans are believed to be the first to use maple sugar as it was easy to transport and lasted a long time. As early as 1631, ships carried maple sugar to Europe. Prior to the Civil War, maple was the primary sweetener in the northeastern U.S., as sugar cane was very cost prohibitive to transport to this region of the country.

Our 100% pure granulated Vermont Maple Sugar is much more flavorful than white sugar.  

 

Making Maple Sugar

Before you can even really think about maple sugar you have to get to the maple syrup first. The best pure raw product comes from maple trees, whose starch is converted to sugar between winter and spring, resulting in sweet, runny sap.

Maple syrup season in Vermont occurs in a very small window of about 4 to 6 weeks, with sap flow being the heaviest for only 10 to 20 days. This high volume period of sap flowing is called a "run." Sap only flows as the tree is either thawing out or freezing. Ideal conditions are warm sunny days (with temperatures above 40°) along with cold frosty nights (below freezing). Harvest season ends around late April with the arrival of more consistent warmer spring nights which brings bud development in the maple trees.

The amount of sap needed to produce a gallon of Maple Syrup depends on the sap's sugar content. 1% sugar sap needs about 86 gallons to make one gallon of Maple Syrup, while 2% sugar sap requires around 43 gallons to produce one gallon.

Maple sap is made into maple syrup by boiling off water, which increases the sugar content. Once the sugar content has reached 66%, a critical chemical reaction occurs which darkens the syrup and provides its characteristic taste. At this stage the syrup is done and is removed to cool.

To produce maple sugar the sap continues to be boiled until enough moisture has evaporated to allow for crystallization. At this stage it's vigorously stirred (either by hand or by machine) until it turns completely granulated. It takes approximately one quart of syrup to produce about 2 pounds of granulated maple sugar.

 

Born and Raised in Vermont

Our small family owned Maple Sugar supplier is located in Vermont's Green Mountains. They've been producing some of Vermont's best maple syrup for 5 generations! Their Maple Syrup is 100% pure with nothing added. One of the other things about them that we loved was how they've been perfecting an innovative, resource efficient approach, which allows their maple syrup to be produced while consuming less energy.

They live and breathe maple products and their passion was evident the first time that we spoke to them. During their "season," their Sugarhouse collects up to 12,000 gallons of maple sap in a single day.  We're thrilled to be able to support their family maple farm.

 

How to Use

While Maple Sugar shines in baking applications, we also like to use it in rubs, barbecue sauces and marinades. Ideal for making frosting and sprinkling on buttered toast, cakes, cereals, cookies, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles and yogurt. We've also used it to make the crust of a cheesecake and maple shortbread. One of our favorite recipes using Vermont Maple Sugar is Apple Pie Fries. We've also come across a recipe that adds it to butter to make a maple butter that we can't wait to try.

Use as a substitute in any recipe that calls for sugar.

 

Flavor Profile

Maple sugar is about twice as sweet as cane sugar, with a subtle but distinct woodsy flavor.

 

Health Benefits

Some people are of the opinion that using Maple sugar is healthier than sugar. I don't really buy that argument. If you're going to use a sugar-based sweetener anyway, then substituting maple sugar for refined sugar may reduce the total sugar content by approximately a third.

The glycemic index of maple sugar comes in at around 54, while refined table sugar tops the glycemic index at approximately 65.

Sugar is still sugar and most Americans would be better off consuming much less of it.

 

Helpful Hints

2 oz of maple sugar is equal to about 1/3 a cup.

If you're looking for other alternatives to refined sugar then you may be interested in our 100% Granulated Black Strap Molasses from Louisiana.

 

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tsp

Amount Per Serving

Calories15

% Daily Value*

Total Fat0g0%

Saturated Fat0g0%

Trans Fat0g

Polyunsaturated Fat0g

Monounsaturated Fat0g

Cholesterol0mg0%

Sodium0.6mg0%

Total Carbohydrate3.8g1%

Dietary Fiber0.0g0%

Total Sugars3.4g

Added Sugars0g0%

Sugar Alcohol0.0g

Protein0.0g0%

Vitamin D0mcg0%

Calcium0mg0%

Iron0mg0%

Potassium13mg0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice. These values were calculated and therefore are approximate. For more accuracy, testing is advised.

4.8 out of 5
12 total ratings.

james g. (Verified buyer) 04/06/2022
Great Flavor This product is a great addition as an ingredient for pork rub for my Yoder Smoker !!

Kurt L. (Verified buyer) 06/27/2021
Loved it!! Will be getting more soon. We blend it with our own Hardneck Garlic Powder, and people are going crazy for it!!

michael m. (Verified buyer) 02/02/2021
Vermont Maple Sugar Simply awesome, I use it in my rubs

Charles V. (Verified buyer) 04/16/2020
Everything was great. Everything was great.

David W. (Verified buyer) 03/29/2020
I use it in one I use it in one of my meat rubs, very good quality, will continue to order in the future

Dave M. (Verified buyer) 02/24/2019
Maple sugar Very very nice. However, I will order again, but WON'T have it shipped packed with garlic powder. It was a week or two before the cross contamination smell went away!

Billy D. (Verified buyer) 07/27/2018
Ok Ok

Timothy C. (Verified buyer) 06/15/2018
Adds flavor to rubs This is a great product for blending into dry rubs to add sweetness and flavor. Also great with cinnamon on toast & in cinnamon rolls. This now my go to sweetener.

Kathleen (Verified buyer) 12/09/2017
Vermont Maple Sugar LOVE it!

Sue (Verified buyer) 11/23/2017
Vermont Maple Sugar Pancakes, waffles
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