Estate grown, sustainable, and organic maple deliciousness

By Amy Sherman

What’s better than pancakes or waffles with maple syrup? Pretty much nothing, especially when you’re using 100 percent pure organic maple syrup from Crown Maple. Available in a wide range of scrumptious styles and flavors, this syrup is so good you won’t be able to save it just for breakfast.

In 2010, Crown Maple established a new standard by introducing their estate-produced, select quality maple syrup, made from the sap of the sugar maple and red maple trees growing on their 800-acre organic maple farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. For the past seven years, Crown Maple has been pairing artisan craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology to bring out the best in what nature has to offer, all the while setting new standards for purity, sustainability, and quality.

The Very Dark Color and Strong Flavor syrup is a favorite among chefs for baking or cooking, while the Amber Color and Rich Taste maple syrup is perfect for breads, cookies or anything with chocolate. The Golden Color and Delicate Taste syrup surprises with its buttery, caramel-like aroma, and the creamy, medium-bodied Dark Color Robust Taste will add complexity and depth to marinades, glazes, condiments and barbecue sauces. Maple is also a fantastic addition to cocktails, especially with whisky or dark rum and of course bourbon. A maple old fashioned, or a maple Bourbon smash? A smashing good idea!

Speaking of Bourbon, Crown Maple now offers a limited edition Bourbon barrel–aged maple syrup. Use it on pancakes or waffles, ice cream, peaches, oatmeal, or with bacon or ham. But the best way to indulge might be to purchase one of their trios of syrups, to compare and contrast, savor and enjoy. If you still just can’t get enough, you’re in luck—Crown Maple will soon be introducing even more flavored syrups, like Cinammon Infused, Madagascar vanilla Infused, and Applewood Smoked.

And if syrup isn’t your thing—wait, really?—the maple sugar pearls, maple-sweetened granola, and maple-glazed nuts are all terrific, too.
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Head for the hills

If you find yourself in or around New York’s Hudson Valley on a Saturday or Sunday, stop by The Crown Maple Estate between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to meet the team and explore the 800-acre farm. Their tour will teach you all about estate-produced maple syrup, while the retail store will set you up with some favorite selections to take home. You can also relax and enjoy a maple-inspired brunch, latte, wine, or cocktail in their café, or toast a marshmallow over their inviting patio fire while taking in one of the most beautiful views in the Hudson Valley.