Top 10 Foods in Canada that are Often Eaten or Prepared with Maple Syrup

Honey is the closest thing to maple syrup - maple syrup is brown in color and is sweet like honey. Sugar in maple syrup is natural because it comes from Sugar Maple Trees that store sugar (not every maple tree stores sugar that can be turned into maple syrup). Maple Tree has an iconic status in Canada - maple leaf is even on the national flag. The province of Quebec is the largest producer of maple syrup in the world, accounting for about 75-80% of the supply.

Maple syrup's texture is smooth and silky. Its flavor is distinctive and, I think, awesome - maple syrup comes with hints of caramel (burnt sugar) and overtones of vanilla. Maple syrup was recently elevated to "superfood" status and there are many reasons for that.
Maple syrup is widely used in Canada in a variety of dishes. The 'most Canadian' foods include bacon, maple syrup, and poutine.
The Top Ten
1 Pancakes

Maple syrup is a great pancake topping that can be used instead of honey or chocolate.

Pancakes and maple syrup go great together.

I only really like pancakes with syrup.

Pancakes with Maple Syrup is awesome.

2 Toast

If you like your toast with honey, you will probably like it with maple syrup as well.

3 Waffles

Classic waffle topping in Canada.

4 Ice Cream

Maple syrup is a delicious ice cream topping because it's similar to caramel topping. Also, ice cream can be made with maple syrup and the caramel & vanilla flavor is in it. Maple ice cream is pale brown-ish. I like it with walnuts or pecans in it.

5 Yogurt

You have 2 options:
1) buy plain yogurt and add maple syrup to taste;
2) buy yogurt with maple syrup in it, it's already sweetened and has the maple syrup flavor (yogurt with maple syrup is available in Canadian stores)

6 Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs get that sweet-and-salty taste many people like, me including. Many BBQ sauces for meat actually have sweet ingredients and using the sweet maple syrup isn't completely unusual.

7 Cookies

There are cookies made with maple syrup and they have that awesome maple syrup flavor of caramel and vanilla.

Wow no wonder maple syrup is the number 1 or 2 thing people think of when they think of Canada.

8 Oatmeal

There's even a variety of instant oatmeal that's with maple syrup.

9 Milkshakes
10 Sausage

Currently on sale in our local food store: Black Pepper And Maple Syrup Sausages; Bacon And Maple Syrup Sausages (375 g, $2.50; regular price $4.99)

The Contenders
11 Beans

Beans with sweet maple syrup? Yes. It's a traditional dish in Canada. Not far from Montreal there are farms offering home made dishes based on old recipes - you go to the farm's improvised pub/restaurant, and eat whatever you want from their menu of the day. The best part: it's yummy and affordable. Beans with maple syrup is a must. But you can find this dish (canned) in every food store. Well, you can also cook beans with maple syrup home.

Heinz maple beans are a classic Canadian food and a staple in kitchens from sea to sea.

Great list! I've tried all these at some point... guess I'm very Canadian.

12 Tea‎

You can put maple syrup instead of honey, sugar or other sweetener

13 Milk
14 Rucola (Arugula) Salad

Rucola is pretty bitter and you have to put something sweet on it anyway, to neutralize the bitterness. Why not maple syrup? The other best option is honey. Also, any green salad that contains rucola among other ingredients goes with maple syrup.

15 Poutine Poutine is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec in the late 1950s, made with French fries and cheese curds topped with light brown gravy. Poutine is the most popular dish in Quebec. It's also found across Canada and in some places in the northern United States. Poutine has many variations more.
16 Bacon
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