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So many reasons to love maple season

Fake maple syrup bums me out. And not only because it rarely contains real maple. (Most brands are a mix of high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial flavors.) It’s because maple syrup is perfect just as it is. Naturally sweet, it also retains trace...

Picture this: Dressed to shill

Let’s set aside my love affair with real maple syrup* and concentrate instead on the fact that Pinnacle Foods, which makes Mrs. Butterworth’s, is trying to turn its bottles into toys by having kids download “up to 60 playful accessories” for...

Picture this: BYOS

  It’s official. The BYOS movement has begun. The Today Show’s “Bites” column linked to my recent post about maple sugaring with this description: “Your pancakes deserve the real deal and so do you. Spoonfed offers some sweet history...

Sweet on maple sugaring

Fake maple syrup bums me out. And not only because it rarely contains real maple. (Most brands are a mix of high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial flavors.) It’s because maple syrup is perfect just the way it is. Naturally sweet, it also retains...

Picture this: Label lesson

Before kids can read or comprehend ingredients lists, show them two items side by side and, together, count the number of ingredients. The more ingredients, the more likely it’s not real food. A variation on this trick persuaded my daughter to agree to a treat...