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Jun 21, 2008 08:29 PM

question about Costco maple syrup

So, can I get Canadian maple syrup in a brand name, or does Costco sell only Kirkland? I was going to bring some back as gifts, but don't want to give anyone a Kirkland gift. I mean, I'll definitely buy it for myself, but would rather a regular bottle or can of Canadian maple syrup.

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  1. Kirkland is Canadian. It's not labeled as Quebec specifically, but it's "Canada light No. 1" maple syrup, its container is just not as romantic or tacky as having an overpriced maple leaf shaped bottle or a can with a scene from a sugar shack printed on the it. I just checked my Costco maple syrup, and it has a scene from a sugar shack printed on the label...

    1. But is it that much cheaper at Costco - enough to make it worth buying there, instead of elsewhere? You can buy cans for around $5 each at JTM, and if you're buying more than one or two, you can negotiate a better price. And you can choose which type you want, too.

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      1. re: cherylmtl

        Hmmm....the one I have says "Canada No. 1 Medium No. 1" -- We like it a lot and would like to stick with that grade. How much taste difference is there in a "light?" The one I got at the border crossing duty free was $19 for approx. one quart.

        1. re: shopgirl

          There's a big difference between medium and light, and also from year to year. Light is lighter in colour, but also in flavour. Medium is more intense. The nice thing about JTM is that you can often taste the different syrups to see which you prefer - the medium one year may be quite a bit different the following year, IME.

          1. re: cherylmtl

            Where specifically at JTM for maple syrup selection & can even taste before buying(I'm guessing Marche des Saveurs or maybe not)?

            1. re: BLM

              They're at stalls in the market itself - there are a few that pretty much only carry maple products and a few other things. I'm not sure if they're there all summer though, because I usually buy my syrup at the start of the season. But usually in maple season, they will have samples so you can taste the difference (you just have to ask), and I would assume those would still be available (although not necessarily out on the counter) over the year, as long as the producer/seller is there.