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Who knew that Log Cabin, Mrs Butterworth, etc, syrups do not contain actual maple syrup?

I didn't until last week. I knew that they contained mostly High Fructose Corn Syrup but I figured that it was blended with some actual maple syrup. But after reading the labels I found out that they only contain maple syyrup "flavor". Who knew?

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  1. I knew. And I still like Log Cabin on my frozen waffles. But I do like the real thing on freshly made pancakes and waffles.

    1. I grew up eating this stuff and remember the revelation of having real maple syrup for the first time on a vacation in New England. It's like the difference between the sun and a flourescent light bulb. Honestly, that stuff doesn't even taste *anything* like maple syrup.

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      1. re: oolah

        Ditto - grew up on Log Cabin; but also knew it wasn't real. But Mom wasn't going to spent beaucoup bucks on real when we drowned our waffles or pancakes. :-)

        When I moved out on my own and began buying real maple syrup, I never went back. oolah's description of sun vs. fluorescent light bulb is a perfect analogy between the two.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          I laughed loudly when I read the sun/fluorescent bulb thing. I'm afraid I'm going to have to add that to my working vocabulary. Nice going, oolah.

        2. re: oolah

          My introduction to "real" maple syrup was very similar to yours. One taste and I was hooked and never looked back.

          1. re: CindyJ

            Also grew up on log cabin, but once a year we would get a small container of real maple syrup and sit down for a special family meal. Oh the difference is incredible! Just can't have the log cabin stuff in my house, but we don't go through a lot of syrup.

        3. I knew!! Real Maple Syrup or nothing as far as I'm concerned.

          1. I knew. But I find that Mrs. Butterworth is good for some things and maple syrup is good for others. I use more maple then the other stuff though.

            1. I guess this is what happen's when you become a 'chowhound', you start reading labels.

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              1. re: jackrugby

                One the ingredients used for imitation maple syrup is fenugreek. Odd, but true.

                1. re: Flocante

                  Not so odd when you consider that fenugreek tastes like maple syrup!

                  1. re: LT from LF

                    And if you take enough of it, you'll smell like it when you sweat!

                    1. re: irishnyc

                      humm... smelling like maple syrup, I can think of a lot worse options.

                      Log Cabin or Mrs. Butterworth were not found on our table. Mom made simple syrup and added maple flavoring (no doubt full of fenugreek). And yeah, its kinda like instant coffee, so long as you think of it as a separate thing, its ok. But it is not the same as maple syrup.