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Celebration Ideas and Fun Facts For National Maple Syrup Day

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Liza loves obscure holidays—especially those that celebrate food and beverages.

Watch your back, Christmas—December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day!

Watch your back, Christmas—December 17th is National Maple Syrup Day!

December 17th Is National Maple Syrup Day—Let's Celebrate!

To celebrate National Maple Syrup Day (December 17th), I decided to put together this article, which includes celebration ideas, inspiration photos, a recipe, and even some maple syrup-related trivia.

Most of us love maple syrup on our French toast, waffles, and pancakes, and some of us even pour it on our fried chicken or dip our breakfast bacon in it. I guess when it comes to creative uses for maple syrup, the sky's the limit.

I personally love making pancakes, waffles, and French toast at home—especially on the weekends! Of course, none of these breakfast delicacies can be adequately served without a generous pour of sweet, rich, amber maple syrup.

My family's favorite syrup as of late is the coffee-infused maple syrup made by The Maple Guild. It is certified organic and created in Vermont, the unofficial maple syrup capital of the United States. My husband heard about this brand from his co-worker, and after we tried it, we became obsessed! To this day, we seldom get a different brand at the store. But enough digression—let's dig into this saccharine celebration and everything it entails.

In This Article

  • How to Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day
  • A Gallery of Scrumptious Foods Served with Maple Syrup
  • Fun Facts About Maple Syrup
  • How Mape Syrup Is Graded
  • Homemade Pancake Recipe
  • Video: How Is Maple Syrup Made?

How to Celebrate National Maple Syrup Day

  • Buy genuine maple syrup at the store.
  • Make waffles, pancakes, French toast, or crepes for breakfast and top them with delicious maple syrup.
  • Serve fried chicken or bacon with maple syrup.
  • Use maple syrup in your cooking or baking.
  • Use maple syrup as donut glaze topping.
  • Add maple syrup to your coffee.
  • Add maple syrup to your morning cereal or oatmeal.
  • Go to your favorite local restaurant and order pancakes or waffles and enjoy them with a lot of maple syrup.
  • Share your homemade waffles, pancakes, or French toast on social media using the hashtag #nationalmaplesyrupday.

Fun Facts About Maple Syrup

  • Quebec, Canada, is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup and is responsible for three-quarters of the world’s output—approximately $141 million worth annually. That's a lot of maple syrup!
  • Vermont is the largest producer of maple syrup in the United States.
  • A maple syrup production farm is called a sugarbush or a sugar wood.
  • A maple tree must be around 45 years old before it can be tapped for syrup-making. Fascinating!
  • In the state of Maine, maple syrup is a big deal. Maine Maple Sunday is held on the fourth Sunday in March annually as an opportunity to celebrate syrup.,
  • The first written account of maple syrup production comes from 1606.
  • During the 17th and 18th centuries, processed maple sap was used primarily as a source of concentrated sugar in both liquid and crystallized-solid forms.
  • Unlike honey, maple syrup can grow mold, so once you open a bottle, you should put it in the refrigerator, where it will last six months to a year. In the meantime, an unopened bottle can be stored in a cool place for up to two years.

How Maple Syrup Is Graded

Did you know maple syrup is graded solely by its color? The differences in color have mostly to do with when the syrup is made. As spring warms up, the sap becomes darker in color, producing a darker syrup. The darker the syrup is, the stronger its flavor.

The USDA has changed its rules for maple syrup grading. Below, I've listed the original grades alongside the new corresponding grades.

Old GradeNew Grade

Grade A: Light Amber

Grade A: Golden Color/Delicate Taste

Grade A: Medium Amber

Grade A: Amber Color/Rich Taste

Grade A: Dark Amber

Grade A: Dark Color/Robust Taste

Grade B

Grade A: Very Dark Color/Strong Taste

Homemade Pancake Recipe

I love eating out as much as the next person, but in my opinion, pancakes are always best when they're homemade. Plus, when you make them at home, you can always use your favorite maple syrup and toppings. This is the pancake recipe I use when I make them at home. It hasn't let me down yet!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk (any kind will do)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • Toppings of your choice (e.g., butter, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, honey, jam, jelly, whipped cream)
  • Fresh fruit (optional)

Note: Double the recipe if you are making pancakes for a large group of people.

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a larger bowl, whisk the milk, butter, and egg.
  3. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until well-combined.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle.
  5. Spoon the batter and spread it into a round on the pan.
  6. Cook until the surface has some bubbles.
  7. Flip with a spatula and cook until lightly browned on the underside. (I prefer my pancakes not too browned.)
  8. Continue cooking the remaining of the batter until it's gone.
  9. Serve warm with your desired toppings.
  10. Enjoy for breakfast (or dinner)!

Video: How Is Maple Syrup Made?

© 2020 Liza

Comments

Liza (author) from USA on December 17, 2020:

Hi Peggy, I'm sure a lot of people doesn't aware or know about maple syrup facts. I have 3 opened maple syrup jars in the fridge (just because they all have different flavors). Thanks for reading and commenting!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 17, 2020:

I did not know all of those facts about maple syrup. We usually keep some in our refrigerator for those special times when we want to use it.

Liza (author) from USA on December 17, 2020:

I guess everything with sugar content is not the best. However, we can control the portion and how much intake in our diet. We have ditched the pancake syrup along time ago. When choosing which one to buy, please choose organic, gluten-free, and NON-GMO content. Thanks for the comment, Sp. Happy Holidays!

Sp Greaney from Ireland on December 17, 2020:

We are limited here to whatever brands is sold in the store. I really don't think it's the proper stuff like this. Have to start looking for a more natural one, one of these days. Thanks for sharing these interesting facts.

Liza (author) from USA on December 17, 2020:

Hi Linda, I often eating maple syrup whenever I make pancakes and French toast. Sometimes, I have incorporate maple syrup in the baking to replace the sugar. It's a great substance and gives a nice flavor. Thanks for reading!

Liza (author) from USA on December 17, 2020:

Hi Lakshmi, thanks for reading the article. Yes, there are so many things we can learn from something that we love in this world for instance, the maple syrup. Thanks for commenting.

Liza (author) from USA on December 17, 2020:

I bet Maine produces some of the highest quality maple syrup in the US. Pancake syrup is the worst. Highest with artificial sugar and corn syrup, and of course, it's cheaper than the Grade A maple syrup. However, I have seen many healthy stores selling best grade maple syrup these days.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 16, 2020:

I don't eat maple syrup very often, but I love its taste. Thank you for sharing the interesting facts about it, Liza. It's certainly delicious on pancakes!

Lakshmi from Chennai on December 16, 2020:

It's really interesting to get to know some interesting facts about our favourite food items.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 16, 2020:

I lived in Maine for a bit and ever since only real maple syrup will do, never that high fructose corn syrup garbage that pretends to be it. My family it by the half gallon.