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maple syrup?

i used to live in montreal, and one of the sweetest (pardon the lame joke) food finds there was quebecois maple syrup in a 355 ml can for 5 dollars or less. the syrup always came in the same can- with a sugar shack and snowy maples on it, and the individual shack address was stamped on the side. the syrup came in dark, ,medium and golden flavours and was pretty much heaven on earth.
now, trying to track down maple syrup has been giving me a real headache. everything is so overpriced and the quality isn't as good.
apart from a 6 hour drive to montreal (or importing the stuff myself) does anyone know where to buy Quebecois maple syrup or a comprable substitute in Toronto?

thanks!

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  1. I used to buy the same stuff in the market in Ottawa. I have had no luck finding anything comparable here. I even worked for a food shop that was paying more at cost for maple syrup here than I ever paid in Ottawa. Now I stock up every spring (for $5-6 for a 540 ml can), and if it doesn't last I ask family or friends to replenish my supply when they visit.

    1. I loved that can of syrup too, funny though, I didn't realize it was a generic package and thought it in itself was a brand from my youth...

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      1. re: Recyclor

        Am I missing something? Just about any supermarket in Toronto has at least one brand of Canadian 100% maple syrup, along with the usual maple flavoured corn syrup junk. The province of origin usually isn't given, but I understand that most of our maple syrup comes from Quebec. So, what's the problem?

        1. re: ekammin

          I'm with you there, ekammin, wondering the same thing. If all else fails, I suggest the Royal Winter Fair, some great maple syrup vendors there.

          1. re: JamieK

            i don't know what the actual processing difference is. all i can tell you is that if you know what i'm talking about, you know what i'm talking about.
            i'll check out the royal winter fair though!
            and costco...

      2. Costco always has litre containers of Quebec maple syrup for $10.

        1. I have seen a vendor selling them outside the St Lawrence north martket. I am afraid i don't know how much they cost but I suspect because it may be spendy.

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          1. re: Apple

            I buy from that guy all the time (I'm not a Costco member). He has the plastic jugs (which I prefer, after dropping a glass one once) in various sizes and in various grades. I just looked in my fridge and a 1L container of the #2 Amber sells for $14. It's cheaper than the vendor in the basement of St. Lawrence, and cheaper than most supermarkets, which usually only carry #1 Extra Light.

          2. All maple syrup is not intended to be equal, so before you go any further, I suggest you educate yourself abouth the different grades of maple syrup. Each will taste different and be better in specific applications.

            Try here as a primer: http://www.ontariomaple.com/fact-find...

            There may also be regional as well as producer differences, but I expect understanding the differences between the grades will lead you closer to the syrup you seek.