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When is Maple Syrup Day?
December 17 is always National Maple Syrup Day!
(We did find some refrence to July 22 as a Maple Syrup Day.)

What is this Holiday for?
This holiday is for honoring and enjoying the sweet flavor of maple syrup, a wonderful American treat. Let today be the day you learn a new recipe using maple syrup and share it with your friends and family. Let today also be the day you learn about how maple syrup is made from the sap of trees.

Origin of this Holiday?
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day.  However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day.
Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
So have fun with it and celebrate it!

We are a bit surprised to see National Maple Syrup Day celebrated in mid-December instead of celebrated in late winter, when the sap of the maple tree begins to flow. It would be nice to know why this date was picked.

What is Maple Syrup?
Maple syrup is a sweetener made from the sap of maple trees.
In Canada and the United States it is most often eaten with pancakes, waffles, french toast, cornbread or ice cream. It is sometimes used as an ingredient in baking, the making of candy, preparing desserts, or as a sugar source and flavoring agent in making beer. Sucrose is the most prevalent sugar in maple syrup.
see National Breakfast Holidays
see National Breakfast Month

The Legend
The Native Americans were the first people to make maple syrup.
       The Native Americans were the first people to make maple syrup
It was first collected and used by Native Americans/First Nations and was later adopted by European settlers.
see Native American Food

Use In Food

Maple Syrup used as a Topping
Maple syrup and its artificial imitations are the preferred toppings for: pancakes, waffles, and French toast in North America.

Maple Syrup in variety
Maple syrup can also be used for a variety of uses, including: biscuits, fresh donuts, fried dough, fritters, ice cream, hot cereal, and fresh fruit (especially grapefruit).

Maple Syrup as a sweetner
Maple syrup is also used as sweetener for applesauce, baked beans, candied sweet potatoes, winter squash, cakes, pies, breads, fudge and other candy, milkshakes, tea, coffee, and hot toddies.

Maple syrup and maple sugar were used during the American Civil War and by abolitionists in the years prior to the war because most cane sugar and molasses was produced by Southern slaves. During food rationing in World War II, people in the northeastern United States were encouraged to stretch their sugar rations by sweetening foods with maple syrup and maple sugar, and recipe books were printed to help housewives employ this alternate source.

In Quebec, eastern Ontario, and New England the process has become part of the culture. One tradition is going to sugar houses (cabanes à sucre) in early spring for meals served with maple syrup-based products, especially the dish known variously as Tire sur la neige (in Quebec), maple taffee (in English Canada), and sugar on snow (in the United States). This is thickened hot syrup poured onto fresh snow and then eaten off sticks as it quickly cools. This thick maple syrup-based candy is served with yeast-risen doughnuts, sour dill pickles, and coffee.

Owing to the sugar maple tree's predominance in southeastern Canada (where European settlement of what would become Canada began), its leaf has come to symbolize the country, and is depicted on its flag. Several U.S. states, including New York and Vermont, have the sugar maple as their state tree. A scene of sap collection is depicted on the Vermont state quarter.


How can I Celebrate this holiday?

Different grades of maple syrup:
Left to right, Vermont Fancy, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber, Grade B.