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maple syrup

Jan 30, 2014 — If you like richer, darker, more intense maple syrup, you should pick Grade B. But the idea that B beats A seems counter-intuitive to lots of consumers who are just looking for something sweet to pour on their morning pancakes. So the syrup industry has revamped its grading system.
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Sep 28, 2013 — Want to top your pancakes with something other than maple? The alternatives vary, depending on the types of trees in a region. There's Kahiltna birch syrup made in Alaska, blue spruce pine syrup from Utah and Georgian black walnut syrup.
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Apr 8, 2013 — Technological advances now allow Vermont's maple syrup producers to get twice as much sap per tree, meaning more syrup and more money. Statewide, the crop brought in $40 million last year, double its value from just six years ago.
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Dec 18, 2012 — Millions of dollars worth of stolen maple syrup was recovered and three men suspected of the theft were expected in court on Tuesday.
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Aug 31, 2012 — In Canada, a remote warehouse that was holding millions of pounds of maple syrup recently became the scene of what may be "the sweetest heist of all time," as a Canadian newspaper calls it.
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May 21, 2012 — Boiling maple sap down to maple syrup isn't going away anytime soon, but it's getting some new competition from the humble birch. The tapping of the birch trees is a spring tradition in Latvia, but it's starting to catch on elsewhere.
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