If you need an excuse to indulge in waffles, pancakes and french toast, today is the day to splurge on Sunday brunch because it’s National Maple Syrup Day. Meaning, you have an excuse to dump as much syrup as you can handle on your breakfast. It’s a national holiday and it would be un-American for you to pass up the sugary sap. If you can get your hands on the real stuff, go with that, but if not, Aunt Jemima will do.
Here are a few fun facts about the breakfast treat in honor of the holiday.
- It takes approximately 40 gallons of sap to make one gallon of maple syrup.
- Fresh sap is low in sugar, but a high-quality maple syrup is made up of 66% sugar.
- Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Butterworth are made of high-fructose corn syrup and caramel coloring which is why they are labeled as “pancake syrup” instead of “maple syrup.”
- 80% of the world’s supply comes from Canada.
- Alfred University has a course specifically dedicated to maple syrup.
- Maple syrup can last several years.
- One gallon of maple syrup weighs 11 pounds.
- Vermont is the largest producer within the United States.
- Maple Syrup is one of the lowest calorie natural sweeteners.
- It takes over 40 years for a tree to be big enough to tap for maple sap.
Time to go enjoy breakfast, invest in some genuine maple syrup and enjoy these memes!