A delicious, affordable alternative if you would prefer to not spend the extra money pure maple syrup costs. Plus, it's all natural- none of that unhealthy high fructose corn syrup or synthetic preservatives! My family and I love this stuff.
Recommends this product? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:Longer than one year
Usage:Once per week
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Misleading and Terrible Tasting
So I'm a sucker for foods with no HFCS. So when I ran out of syrup I decided that I'd try this product. The ingredient list was simple and I had high expectations.
But I had two issues.
First was the flavor. Maybe it was just the batch, but it didn't taste of maple. It tasted like cloves. It's not that cloves are bad or anything, but when I want a syrup, I think maple flavor. Looking over the ingredient list, one finds that there is no mention of maple flavoring at all. The closest you get to that is "natural flavor." This is a pretty ambiguous term as, in all actuality other things that are natural and have flavor include (but are not limited to) pepper, dirt, and boogers. It's very obvious form the taste that in the case of this product maple flavoring is so little, the flavor is undetectable.
The second issue I have is the label. All Natural. OKay, so looking over the ingredient list again, I don't see anything I would consider... but wait... one ingredient is called "xanthan gum." Now it's really up to you (since apparently there's no federal regulation( as to what natural means. But in the case of xanthan gum, it's a chemical biosynthesized from a bacteria called Xanthomonas campestris. It's what makes old broccoli turn black and was eventually engineered to use lactic acid as a food source as opposed to it's natural food source, glucose. And in the vast quantities xanthan gum is needed for food additives, I doubt people are scraping old broccoli for the bacteria.
So what do I do with this product now? Well, luckily, ants like it, so I use it for ant bait traps around my house.
Other things to note; The cap, while not spouted, does a decent job at preventing messes. This product must be refrigerated after opening, but as a result, tends to be gloopy and thick. When heated, the product is very thin. The bottle is also not microwavable, so if you want heated syrup form the microwave, use a glass measure. When microwaving, a 1/4 cup measure should only be in for about 30-40 seconds on high. IN a once up measure, on one minute, the product can boil over and cause a mess.
Overall: If you're not concerned with flavor and labeling, but are concerned with ingredients, the product can fill that niche. However, if you have the notion that table syrup should taste of maple, or you're concerned with the origin of ingredients in a product listed as "all natural" is product is NOT for you.