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15 Maple Flavoured Products
March 12, 2018
With the beginning of maple syrup season upon us, have you ever wondered why maple syrup is so iconically Canadian? The sap of the sugar maple was first known and valued by Indigenous peoples of the Eastern Woodlands, one group of which were the Abenaki (Werner, 2018). For the Anishinaabe, the period in which sap was collected became an important tradition which brought communities together (Werner, 2018). The Indigenous peoples originally used birch-bark bowls to collect the sap which they would make into maple syrup by leaving the sap “out in the cold and [throwing] away the frozen water that separated from the sugary syrup” (Werner, 2018). “Others boiled the sap down to syrup by adding hot rocks to birch-bark pots or boiled the sap in clay or metal kettles over a fire” (Werner, 2018). Knowledge was passed on from the Indigenous peoples to the French settlers and in the 1700s and early 1800’s the settlers began maple production (Werner, 2018).
Today, Canada remains “the world’s leading producer and exporter of maple products, accounting for 71 per cent of the global market” with Quebec accounting for 92 per cent of Canada’s total maple syrup production (Werner, 2018). With maple syrup serving as such a prominent culture product, we thought we’d shine light on some unique maple products we have at our store.
1. Kettle Brand Potato Chips in Maple Bacon
Kettle Brand truly has some amazing flavoured chips and their Maple Bacon flavoured chips just adds to the ongoing list. Made with a “bold flavour and hearty crunch” these chips are gluten free, non-GMO, made with natural oils, no trans fat, no MSG, no preservatives, and no artificial colours or flavours.
2. Field Day Organic Maple Leaf Cookies
Field Day Organic is focused on producing clean, simple products with a focus on creating a family-friendly appeal. Made with pure maple syrup in a peanut-free facility, these cookies are non-GMO, Canadian-made and contain no preservatives, artificial flavours or artificial colours.
3. Glutenfreeda Wheat-Free Instant Oatmeal in Banana Maple with Flax
Start your day off with a warm, filling bowl of oatmeal loaded with freeze dried bananas and a touch of maple sugar and flax meal to keep you thriving all morning long.
4. Louisville Vegan Jerky in Maple Bacon Flavoured and Sriracha Maple
Soy based vegan strips in two different maple flavours. What’s not to love?!
5. Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Proteins+ in Maple Walnut
Not only does this bar contain maple syrup but it also contains fermented pea protein to provide valuable gut support. Gluten free, non-GMO, free of artificial colours and flavours and packed with an incredible 14g of protein.
6. TreeWell Sparkling Maple Sap
“Crafted in seasonally small batches, TreeWell’s sparkling maple sap tastes like the first hint of spring: Crisp, subtly sweet and absolutely refreshing”. Perfect for any special occasion, this made beverage contains Canadian maple sap and 80 different nutrients.
7. Canadian Heritage Organics 100% Pure Organic Maple Sugar
Maple sugar is produced from maple syrup evaporated off just enough to the point where it reaches a precise consistency and crystallizes. Used as a replacement for sugar in coffee, tea, cereals, cooking and baking, this maple sugar is proudly Quebec produced.
8. CocoMira Maple Crunch
This Ontario prepared toffee is made with European chocolate, maple toffee and pecans and was named 2010 NASFT Silver Winner for Outstanding Confection. On top of that, this sweet treat is gluten free, egg free, artificial colour and flavour free, preservative free and high-fructose corn syrup free.
9. Camino Maple Hot Chocolate
This vegan friendly, gluten free hot chocolate has been “carefully blended with fabulous local, organic maple sugar from Citadelle Maple Syrup Producers’ Co-Operative in Quebec with fair trade and organic cocoa and sugar from our small-scale co-operatives to make a truly Canadian hot chocolate”.
10. Double Dutch Organic Syrup Filled Waffle Cookies
Inspired from the Dutch’s favourite syrup filled double waffle, these cookies bring about the same taste and feel but in an organic, maple infused cookie form.
11. SimplyProtein Bar in Maple Pecan
When Cathy, founder of SimplyProtein, had trouble finding a protein bar with a simple, short ingredient list and minimal sugar she decided to surge ahead and create her very own “wholesome snack for busy people”. With only 1g of sugar but 16 grams of protein, this plant-based, non-GMO, gluten free, this maple pecan protein bar really is simply protein.
12. Simply Gum in Natural Maple
Made with five simple ingredients, non-GMO gum truly delivers on simplicity.
13. Olivia Chocolat in Artisan Touch of Maple (76% Cocoa) and Artisan Maple Chocolate with Maple Flakes (76% Cocoa)
Both of these chocolates are sure to satisfy your maple syrup and chocolate cravings. The Touch of Maple chocolate bar contains pure maple syrup while the Maple Chocolate with Maple Flakes chocolate bar is sprinkled with pure maple sugar flakes. Olivia Chocolat is a Canadian made, gluten free, soy free, fair trade certified, organic, and 100% school safe chocolate suitable for vegan diets.
14. Golden Maples Farm Maple Butter
This Maple Butter is produced by Doug and Wenda Wheeler on their farm in Snow Road Station, Ontario. Made from 100% pure maple syrup, with no added butter or stabilizers, and a perfect addition to pancakes, tea biscuits and toast.
15. Souria Inc. Maple Sand
An irresistibly sweet topping, this maple sand is made out of 100% maple organic maple sugar.
Now it's your turn, what are some of YOUR favourite maple syrup flavoured products?
Werner, L. (2018). Maple Syrup Industry. Retrieved from http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/maple-sugar-industry/
Ottawa Tourism (2018). Maple Syrup Fun. Retrieved from https://www.ottawatourism.ca/ottawa-insider/maple-syrup-fun/