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11 of the Best Maple Products from Vermont

By Adam LouisMay. 2, 2023

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Pure Maple Syrup. Nature’s and Vermont’s flawless addition to the culinary landscape. It’s tough to improve on the sweet perfection of some Grade A VT’s finest, and yet, each of these products below somehow have found a way to do just that. 

Whether we’re talking about infusions that will leave you lovestruck, candies that always hit the sweet spot, or maple/hot sauce hybrids that will leave your mouth on fire and asking for more - it’s amazing how adaptable and complimentary Vermont maple syrup can be to a myriad of recipes.

So when the sap is flowing and the boilers are bubbling, we’re of course eagerly awaiting the first batch of syrup, but we’re also just as hyped about what Vermont Makers will create next. Here are 11 of our favorite Vermont maple products that we know you’re also going to go crazy for.

Runamok Maple

Runamok - Coffee Infused Maple Syrup

Cambridge, VT

Runamok hands down makes some of our all-time favorite maple products. Even with two massive sugarbushes of over 100,000 taps, Runamok’s products are still in such high demand that they source additional supply from trusted partners throughout the state. A quick taste of their coffee-infused syrup and you’ll be just as hooked as us. We love it drizzled over a bowl of vanilla ice cream or as a mixer for the best espresso martini ever - and it’s also perfect as a sugar substitute with your morning cup of joe.

The reviews are in: “Perfect on your waffles or pancakes, or over ice cream, or favorite dessert, or even as a sweetener to your coffee. I really enjoy the taste and quality of this organic syrup. They have many other flavors as well, but this is my favorite. I highly recommend it.”

Sugar Bob's Famous Kind

Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind - Vermont Maple Sriracha

Rutland, VT

As Vermonters, we proudly acknowledge that it doesn’t get much better than maple syrup. However, when we encounter as delicious a combination as maple syrup plus sriracha, well, that is something truly special. Sugar Bob hit upon this perfect culinary marriage years ago and we’ve been buying it by the busload ever since. We’re of the opinion that every dish is better with a little spice and heat, but we’ve been especially impressed when using Sugar Bob’s while cooking up some maple sriracha chicken wings. 

The reviews are in: “Received a bottle of Vermont Maple Sriracha in a charity gift basket. It's the best! I've used it in many different recipes and it is a perfect balance between hot and just a bit of earthy sweetness. Love, love love it!”

Green Mountain Goodness

Green Mountain Goodness - Pure Vermont Maple Sugar

Franklin, VT

A sprinkle or two of the Pure Vermont Maple Sugar and things are looking sweet indeed! These tiny granulated explosions of pure maple deliciousness are perfect for a myriad of baking and cooking recipes as an ideal substitute for sugar. We also find it excellent on top of a bowl of popcorn, or as part of a deep-flavored, sweet dry rub for meats.

The reviews are in: “It smells heavenly and is the perfect maple sugar to use in recipes! I put some in with apples when making apple crisp, add it to my King Arthur recipe for Vermont Honey Whole Wheat bread, add it to chocolate chip cookie recipes. It's a lovely deep caramel color and is absolutely the best maple sugar out there!”

Mount Mansfield Maple Products

Mount Mansfield Maple - Certified Organic Pure Vermont Maple Candy

Nestled near the base of Vermont’s tallest mountain, Mount Mansfield Maple Products has over 1000 acres of sugarbush in their care. For generations this family operation has been stewards of the land and producing some of the finest quality maple syrup in the state. One of their time-perfected products is their maple candies. While some maple candy can become brittle and dry, these candies are always just right and melt in your mouth every time.

The reviews are in: “This is wonderful! So delicious and no additives to ruin the pure maple taste. It came promptly, was fresh and I am sooooo tempted to put this on subscription so I never run out. When you simply have to have something sweet but want to avoid cane sugar, this will satisfy your craving. Yum Yum Yum!!!”

Green Mountain Goodness

Green Mountain Goodness - Pure Vermont Maple Cream

Franklin, VT

If you’ve never experienced maple cream, you’re missing out on one of the best ways out there to enjoy maple. Made fresh and without preservatives, Maple Cream is as fresh as you can get straight from the tree. Smooth and spreadable, Maple Cream is perfect for a schmear on toast, a drizzle in coffee, or just about anywhere the sweet taste of pure maple is needed. While you can find many variations of maple cream, in our opinion, one of the best is from Green Mountain Goodness.

The reviews are in: “This may be the most delicious food on the planet. It's certainly in my top 5! I have always been a fan of all things maple (as long as it was real maple) but this particular maple cream is absolutely the best I've ever had. I eat it on buttered English muffins in the morning and it is to die for! (Truth be told, sometimes I just have a spoonful all by itself.) If you are on the fence, just buy it. You won't regret it.”

Sap!

Sap! - Maple Seltzer Water

Underhill, VT

Definitely one of the most unique and creative maple products out there, the Maple Seltzer Water from Sap! is a must-try. With the sole ingredient being 100% pure maple sap, the health benefits are surprising and numerous. Filled with naturally occurring electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and nutrients, this tiny drink can leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle any Vermont adventure. 

The reviews are in: “SAP Maple Seltzer is super drinkable, light, soothing on the throat with the perfect amount of carbonation, and with a subtle hint of maple sweetness. It's way healthier than ordinary sodas, and way more interesting than ordinary flavored sparkling waters. At $2.50/can it is fairly expensive, but no other soda, seltzer, or sparkling water comes even close to the drinkability and taste. I'm definitely reordering.”

Runamok Maple

Runamok Maple - Sugarmaker's Cut

Cambridge, VT

This stuff ain’t cheap, but whoowee, is it good! Made from the best of the best batches of the sugaring season, the Sugarmaker’s Cut is set aside as the perfect tasting 1% of all their syrup that year. One-hundred percent organic, and 1000% delicious, the only downside with this syrup is once you’ve tried it, good luck going back to anything else. 

The reviews are in: “I've tried a lot of maple syrups, and this is absolutely the best one (they make excellent infused syrups as well). It's somehow light but also intensely maple flavored. It's pricey but so, so worth the money.”

Sugar Bob's Famous Kind

Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind - 6 Flavor Variety Pack

Rutland, VT

We’ve said we love when maple syrup brings the heat, and this Sampler’s Pack from Sugar Bob’s is the real deal. Six maple-based hot sauces, including Jalapeño Maple, Smoked Maple Sriracha, and Habanero Maple, will handily add that extra kick of flavor whenever you need it. Perfect for those Hot Ones-obsessed friends and family members.

The reviews are in: “I bought this sampler pack as a birthday present for someone and it was a big hit! The smoked maple syrup was my favorite, the bbq sauce was really good too. Normally I'm not fan of hot sauce but this was sweet, spicy and smoky, perfect in marinades.”

Runamok Maple

Runamok Maple - Maple Syrup Gift Box

Cambridge, VT

Speaking of gift sets, this Runamok Barrel Aged Selection is the perfect choice for the maple connoisseur in your crew. Having perfected the barrel-aged syrup infusion technique, Runamok’s trio is the ideal topper for any special breakfast, and equally suited in your next cocktail creation. Bottom line, these three barrel-aged flavors (Apple-Brandy, Bourbon, and Rum) will knock your socks off and leave you reaching for more. 

The reviews are in: “Gave these as Christmas presents and ended up with playful family squabbles from those that did not receive this beautiful gift..... and it is beautiful! The packaging is elegant, presentation refined and the tastes follow suit and do not disappoint. If you are tired of the same old syrups or need an out of the box gift for that person that has everything.... you can't miss with this gourmet collection of perfection. And yes, this is now our new favorite "go to" gift for weddings, birthdays and I already know it will be on several family member's Christmas list next year! I love this product!!!”

Sugar Bob's Famous Kind

Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind - Maple Spiced Pecans

Rutland, VT

This subtle blend of smoked maple and spices makes for an ideal snack. Perfect for on-the-go or when you just need a little afternoon pick-me-up but aren’t looking to pack on the calories or sugar. We’ve also been known to crumble these guys up and use them as a topper for fudge brownies. So, you know, the opposite of not packing on the calories or sugar. Vinyl verdict? Delicious no matter how you set out to enjoy them.

The reviews are in: “These Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind - Maple Spiced Pecans are fantastic! The pecans are wholesome and fresh and have the perfect blend of flavor and spices to make for a delicious snack. The pecans are coated with a smoked maple syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices to give it a nice sweetness that isn't overpowering and a hint of spice for a well rounded flavor profile.”

Butternut Mountain Farm

Butternut Mountain Farm - 100% Pure Organic Maple Syrup

Morrisville, VT

Did anyone else think the invention of squeezable ketchup bottles was downright life-changing? If so, prepare to have your worldview once again shaken. No more jiggling and fiddling with finding the one spoon that will fit into the syrup container while holding the bottle upside down for what seems like hours. No, just us? Well, in any case, this organic maple syrup from Butternut Mountain Farm is ideal to pack on camping trips, barbecues, through hikes, picnics, or anywhere else where you’d enjoy some syrup but don’t want to risk the bottle shattering.

The reviews are in: “The BEST combination of product and container! Sweet, amber ribbons drizzled on fruit or griddle cakes makes any day special!”

By Adam LouisMay. 2, 2023
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