While most everybody is familiar with maple syrup, and probably maple cream and candy, maple sugar is likely lesser known. But just because you haven’t heard of it doesn’t mean that it is to be discredited. Rather, maple sugar is the perfect way to add a dash of maple to cookies, appetizers, or even a cup of coffee or tea!

What is maple sugar?

Maple sugar, available here in our store, is simply maple syrup that has been heated beyond the point at which it is called syrup and then placed in a high speed mixer. As it spins and cools down, it crystallizes with a “boom” and then all that is left to do is to granulate it. Like white sugar, maple syrup is crystallized, except the crystals are much smaller. Think of maple sugar as what would happen if you put white sugar in a food processor. 

Why should I use maple sugar?

But now you’re saying to yourself, beyond maple sugar having a maple flavor, why should I use it? Beyond that fact that maple sugar is a natural sugar and is not genetically modified like white sugar, there are some serious nutritional benefits. Maple sugar is packed with manganese, riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, and a bunch of other nutrients. While you don’t have to know what each of those does for you, know that together they’ve been shown to be anti-inflammatory and help stave off other illnesses. (Source: NYS Maple Producers Association)

What do I do with it?

Anyway, now that we have maple sugar, what to do with it? You can use it measure-for-measure in place of white sugar, but we don’t entirely recommend this for baking. Sure, it will convey the sweetness to your recipe, but often the maple flavor loses to other stronger flavors, such as cinnamon, vanilla, or a fruit extract. Instead, try maple sugar on things that you don’t bake, such as in your coffee, or sprinkled on toast, or on roasted carrots. If you put maple sugar amongst the rest of your spices, you’ll use it more often.

A particular favorite of mine, however, is maple cheesecake. Maple cheesecake, while not a true cheesecake, makes up for that fact with its simplicity! Simply whip together a block of softened cream cheese, a tub of whipped topping (both 8oz) and a ½ cup of maple sugar and put in a graham cracker pie crust. Voilà! Let it chill a bit in the fridge and then serve up the fluffiest and yummiest (and easiest) cheesecake that you’ve ever had.

Beyond recipes and my suggestions, the best way to use maple sugar is however you want! You know you like maple, and you know what foods you like, so put the two together. Maple sugar compliments nearly anything you put it on or mix it into. It’s even a good just on a spoon, but we won’t mention that… 

Moral of the story here is that maple sugar, while not as common as maple syrup, ought to be! Maple sugar is so versatile, more so that maple syrup itself, simply because it’s easier to sprinkle maple than pour it. If you don’t already have maple sugar, hop on over to our store and stock up, for once you get a taste for it, you won’t be pleased with yourself if you run out. We offer 3oz for $5 and 7oz for $8. Look for more posts in the near future with more recipes, tips, and suggestions!