I am surprised not to see anything on the topic. It is maple syrup season, and if you have the oportunity to see the process, it is labor intensive, done by families passionate about keeping the spirit alive. The United States is one of a few countries in the world that produces maple syrup, thanks to Native Americans, and it is such a versatile natural sugar source. Yes, it is expensive, but it takes 40-50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. (Store brand syrups have like 2% maple flavoring.) My question is what do people like to use syrup for besides pancakes? My mam uses it to sweeten her oatmeal. I like maple cream on homemade biscuits.