Who doesn’t love the wonderful smell of fresh baked cookies? And the taste! Oh my! Since we are all stuck at home, why not bake away the afternoon with these all-time favourites?
Good things take time: while a maple tree has to be at least 40 years old to be tapped for its sap, producing pure Canadian maple syrup, bottling it and of course getting the bottles ready for our cherished customers also takes time.
Countless hours go into labelling our premium glass bottles, and it should come as no surprise that this labeling requires 100% honest hand work as well.
This season, we are especially proud of our beautiful new labels! Our personal favourite it is the Amber label, but actually all of them are great!
So next time you are looking for a special product, a gift or something to spoil yourself, please consider purchasing 100% premium Canadian maple syrup that has been crafted with a lot of time, love and passion.
Canada Day 2020 will be very different for everyone this year. The same holds true for the Friends of Fort George, who usually host a big Canada Day Parade in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
“We are very excited to be partnering with Parks Canada, Maple Lifestyle and Willow Cakes and Pastries to bring the community as many aspects of Canada Day as we can”, says Amanda Gamble, Executive Director of the Friends of Fort George. The package contains six Canada Day Cupcakes that will be packaged with flags, pins, Canada Day tattoos, glow sticks, Parks Canada swag, balloons and more. It also includes one of Maple Lifestyle's delicious souvenir bottles of Maple Bourbon Syrup.
“We are so proud to be a part of the Canada Day celebrations in Niagara-on-the-Lake”, says Maple Lifestyle owner Jean-Pierre Romain. “People are certainly disappointed that they cannot celebrate like in previous years, but the idea to bring some Canadiana to the people is literally super-sweet.”
They can be ordered online through the Friends of Fort George gift shop at https://friendsoffortgeorge.square.site or by calling their store at 905-4686621. The cost is $35.00 per package with free delivery in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and $40.00 with delivery outside of town.
For more information or ordering a Canada Day package, kindly call the number above or visit their website.
Thank you, healthcare workers, thank you grocery store clerks, thank you firefighters, thank you police officers! Thank you community workers and volunteers! You are so much appreciated. And, hey, neighbours, thanks so much for checking in on the elderly and running errands for them! Family members, a big “merci” for caring for your loved ones.
If you are a frontline worker and want to treat yourself or if you feel like showing your appreciation to somebody else, we offer 20% off all products with promo code HERO20. Simply browse the online shop, enter HERO20, and 20% will be taken off your checkout amount. Thank you!
Today, we are simply uber-excited! Our lovely, premium ROYAL line of Maple Syrup with the trio Bourbon, Amber, Dark and Mini Bourbon made it on TV!
To watch the entire segment, please click here. The Maple Lifestyle story starts at 5:08.
Since eighty percent of the world’s maple syrup comes from Canada (and most of it from Quebec!), we thought you might enjoy some fun facts about our favourite pancake topping.
Most trees only yield between 35 and 55 litres of sap in a season, so producing syrup is a super labour-intensive process. To put it into perspective: a standard bathtub holds around 150 litres of water. If we filled such a bathtub with 150 litres of sap, it would only make 3.75 litres of syrup, which is a bit more than two cartons of Almond Milk.
2. A tree takes about 40 years before it’s big enough to tap
This is because the tree needs a diameter of at least 12 inches (30.5 cm) before it can be tapped.
3. Only three of 13 species of maple trees native to Canada are used for syrup
Sugar maples are the big ones, but black maple and red maple are also good for tapping.
4. Maple syrup has its season
Maple trees are tapped for their sap between late February and the height of spring, in early April.
As sugar maples grow, they convert starch into sugar. This sugar mixes with water absorbed by the trees’ roots. When temperatures start to climb in the spring, the water-sugar mixture expands, forcing its way from the roots up through the tree.
6. The syrup’s flavour depends on when the sap runs
Early season sap tends to be lighter in colour and flavour. Later in the season, when temperatures are warmer, the sap darkens.
7. There is a new grading system for producers that sell maple syrup internationally
This grading system has been in effect since January 2017. It uses the light transmission method to classify maple syrup. It also classifies the product by adding taste descriptions. “Golden Colour with Delicate Taste” has a light transmission of over 75%. “Amber Colour with Rich Taste” sits between 50% and 74.9%. The “Dark with Robust Taste” variation has a light transmission between 25% and 49.9% while “Very Dark with Strong Taste” only lets through less than 25% of light.
Marc Lescarbot, a lawyer and writer in Acadia, describes the area’s indigenous peoples collecting “maple water” and “distilling” it to make syrup. Producing maple syrup is one of the few agricultural processes that is not a European colonial import.
9. What’s fake maple syrup made with? You might not want know.
Brands like Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth use such ingredients as high fructose corn syrup, cellulose gum, and caramel colouring to create an inexpensive substance which only somewhat resembles the genuine article. Sure, it’s cheap, but it doesn’t even come close to the real thing. Which brings us to the next fun fact.
10. A quarter-cup of maple syrup is high in minerals
Pure maple syrup has the same beneficial classes of antioxidant compounds found in berries, tomatoes, tea, red wine, banana and broccoli. A 60 ml portion of maple syrup contains 100 percent of your recommended daily allowance of manganese, as well at 37 percent of riboflavin, 18 percent of zinc, 7 percent of magnesium, and 5 percent of calcium and potassium.
Unopened maple syrup can be stored at room temperature, but once opened, it should be stored in the refrigerator. Syrup can last a long time, but it can also crystallize or mould when unrefrigerated. Crystallization is a reflection of a syrup’s sugar content and isn’t harmful. Mould should be removed before boiling the for safe consumption.
12. IHOP (the International House of Pancakes) has only one location out of 1400 that serves actual maple syrup
It is in South Burlington, Vermont. The franchise owner needed a special license from IHOP for this move.
Jean-Pierre Romain, Maple Maniac