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Everyone loves a stack of fluffy pancakes smothered with maple syrup, but nowadays you can get your hands on maple water, maple butter and lots more. We tried and tasted some of the up-and-coming products on the market that foodie bloggers are going maple mad for...
Maple water is the natural sap collected from maple trees (think Katniss in The Hunger Games).
It's billed as 'the new coconut water' by wellness bloggers, and is naturally hydrating with no additives. We tried some maple water in the office (the website claims 'it has more than 46 nutrients essential to health') and it had a mixed reaction...
Tamsin, food editor: 'A very faint maple flavour, but it's essentially just slightly sweet water...'
Anne, content producer: 'Like the remnants of some squash have been left in my cup of water.'
Emma, assistant food editor: 'This definitely needs to be super chilled, but it's really nice and I'd definitely pick it out of the chiller cabinet again if I went in looking for coconut water to rehydrate me after a *ahem* busy evening out.'
A sweet, thick spread – think maple Nutella – it's made by heating maple syrup and then whisking until smooth. It takes about 1.5 litres of maple syrup to make 1 litre of maple butter. It's certainly not 'healthier' than normal butter, but is usually dairy-free and downright delicious... try it on toast, or use it as a buttercream or frosting on cakes. You can make your own, or check out Moose Maple Butter.
Maple syrup is simply made by boiling maple water – though it takes a whopping 40 litres of maple water to produce 1 litre of syrup. A popular alternative to refined sugars and a vegan replacement for honey, you can use it for just about anything – sweet or savoury.
Our show-stopping cinnamon maple pavlova
Or our traditional American pancakes with bacon, maple syrup and blueberries.