Pure maple syrup and the construction industry

May 11, 2011
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I never really knew much about syrup as a kid.  All I knew was that I loved it on my pancakes and even dipping my sausage in it.. gave that fried pork meat a sweet coating that made it even better!  I LOVE syrup who doesn't?! 

It wasn't until I was stuck in bed with the flu last year, did I learn about the golden sweet liquid we traditionally put on or flap-jacks and French Toast known as Maple Syrup.  It was either the Discovery Channel, or Food Network that aired a show on Pure Maple Syrup.

All Maple Syrup is the same right?  Wait.. what?  MOST syrup on the market is actually a synthetic (man made) version of the "Pure Maple Syrup" that comes from the sap of maple trees.  You remember as a kid, watching TV and seeing commercials where the old lady bottle at the breakfast table comes to life.  She makes sure you are enjoying her syrup (which comes in a multitude of different flavors: BUTTER FLAVORED, CLASSIC, Reduced Fat..).  The STAPLE to the American hot breakfast was not real.. that she has been pedaling a synthetic version of the REAL Maple Syrup the whole time and I was none the wiser. I was in the grocery store today, made me think of this topic.  I took pictures to illustrate this story, but sadly my blackberry is not wanting to share the pics I took so please just visualize with me.  Every time I have gone to the grocery store since seeing that show, I have wanted to find some REAL MAPLE SYRUP.  The REAL DEAL... Vermont's Best..  What I found was much like what most homeowners/business owners find when they call a contracting company.  Prices were all over the place.  From the cheapest (what is actually in it?) of around $1.98 to $12.00 for a bottle.

My attention was on the syrup section in the breakfast isle.  It was a bigger section because this store is rather large.  There were probably 60 different kinds of syrup there for my liking.  I first searched for the REAL syrup. 

I tend to be a person who pays for quality.  If there is a deal to be had.. sure great.. I saved some money.. I always tread cautiously because I am all too aware of "too good to be true".  If there is a deal and I get what I pay for, I am happy for that fact.  I am the person who is known for spending more on a tool, or whatever it may be, to get quality, get what I want, AND what I paid for.  Rarely do you ever get what you want from a "deal".. what is worse is putting up with something just because you got a deal on it.



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    22 Constitutionabout 9 years ago

    Great analogy.

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    loneframerabout 9 years ago

    The sad part of that story is that 98% of homeowners are perfectly happy with the store brand, HF corn syrup laden imposter.

    The truth of the matter is, most folks, as you admitted to being one of, have no idea what the real deal is until they educate themselves.

    Hopefully, folks will come around before the "real deal" is all tapped out.

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    Tom Strubleabout 9 years ago


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    JHCabout 9 years ago

    Great take on perceived quality vs real quality N8.

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    Grumpyabout 9 years ago

    I read the title and thought to myself. WTF is this guy talking about. However your comparison is pretty darned close to perfect.

    I like this topic for two reasons, 1, I didn't know the syrup I feed to my kids at least once a week is synthetic. Now I feel like a bad father, and will search out the real stuff. 2, I really like to put words into the customers minds' that they can understand. They don't always understand contractors and comparisons, however everyone eats food and understands food. This is a great way to make them understand.

    I'm not going to call my competitors hacks or low ballers anymore. from this point forward they are "artificially flavored" contractors. ;)

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    Darwinabout 9 years ago

    Good stuff.

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    DrewDabout 9 years ago

    Live in Northern New England, the real stuff is all you can get and it reasonable cheap. Just go to the local sugar house and pick up a tin.

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    ScottVpabout 9 years ago

    Well done, Nathan

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    bpetersonabout 9 years ago

    good advise for a wife too!

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    total-appsabout 9 years ago

    That was actually fun reading! Thanks for the laugh, making me think and making me hungry.

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