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2014-01-20 04:20:35 PM  
Thanks subby.  I found that quite interesting and it's something I probably wouldn't have stumbled over on my own.
 
2014-01-20 04:21:38 PM  

chewd: I was in a restaurant the other day & they gave me a bottle of "breakfast syrup".

I've heard of maple syrup, and pancake syrup... but breakfast syrup is new to me.

What are you supposed to do when you have pancakes for dinner? Do they have "dinner syrup"?


Also are you supposed to pour it over your entire breakfast? What if you didn't even order pancakes? Should you pour it over eggs benedict?

/so many questions
 
2014-01-20 04:26:00 PM  
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Hi guys what's going on in this thread?
 
2014-01-20 04:26:17 PM  

Egoy3k: chewd: I was in a restaurant the other day & they gave me a bottle of "breakfast syrup".

I've heard of maple syrup, and pancake syrup... but breakfast syrup is new to me.

What are you supposed to do when you have pancakes for dinner? Do they have "dinner syrup"?

Also are you supposed to pour it over your entire breakfast? What if you didn't even order pancakes? Should you pour it over eggs benedict?

/so many questions


Try it on vanilla ice cream ... mmmmmmmm!!
 
2014-01-20 04:26:49 PM  

Egoy3k: Also are you supposed to pour it over your entire breakfast? What if you didn't even order pancakes? Should you pour it over eggs benedict?


Well i'll tell you this... it totally ruined my biscuits & gravy.
 
2014-01-20 04:28:22 PM  
That was better than anything the New York Times has printed in a long while ...
 
2014-01-20 04:29:47 PM  

DeaH: uncleacid: Too thin and not sweet enough. Give me my maple flavored corn syrup.

Most people who think Maple Syrup isn't sweet enough (or tasteless) are using the wrong grade on their stacks. Use a Grade B. It has more flavor. Grade A sounds like it's better, but it isn't. It was graded A because it didn't have as much maple flavor, so it could be used like a white sugar in baking. Cane sugar was expensive, and sometimes it involved being shipped around blockades. Plus, cane sugar was used for rum, and rum was also in demand. That's why it was so important to come up with a local sweetener. Maple syrup is sweet, but the darker B Grade stuff infuses a really maple-y aroma and taste when it's used. The Grade A stuff was bland, and that was considered better. It would only give sweetness to the recipe, no maple.

There was a time when people were thrilled to have white sugar and white bread because they were deemed fancier. I don't want fancy on  my pancakes or waffles. I want flavor. Don't use the Grade A Fancy stuff on the grocery store shelves. Get some Grade B.


This!
 
2014-01-20 04:31:42 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: InterruptingQuirk: pxlboy: [hilobrow.com image 550x304]

/could not be reached for comment

They are chugging corn piss, a far cry from maple nectar.

I just looked at a high res version of that image.


It's iced tea, idiot.
 
2014-01-20 04:39:25 PM  

duffblue: InterruptingQuirk: InterruptingQuirk: pxlboy: [hilobrow.com image 550x304]

/could not be reached for comment

They are chugging corn piss, a far cry from maple nectar.

I just looked at a high res version of that image.

It's iced tea, idiot.


Actually, according to the DVD extras, they had to use real syrup.  Iced tea did not look right.

Also, you can occasionally find 'C' grade maple syrup, but generally only from maple producers themselves.
 
2014-01-20 04:47:49 PM  

cgraves67: Worst. Graphic Novel. Ever.


lolz

/canadian crime is serious, eh.
 
2014-01-20 04:49:25 PM  
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2014-01-20 04:51:00 PM  
I'm going to be boiling this spring, as always.
Just enough to get by on.
Now the fellow up the road, he produces a million dollars a year worth of syrup. And he's just one out of thousands of my immediate neighbors that boil.
these are officialin my county, not counting unofficial.
And I visit houses in three counties.
 
2014-01-20 04:51:29 PM  

Flab: $19 for a movie ticket?  Holy shiat!  I need to get out more.  Last time I went to a movie, I paid $9.

Back in the 1950's, I used to go to the movies every Sunday, a student ticket was 12

¢, regular popcorn a nickel. Buttered popcorn was a dime, but who could afford that?   Get off my lawn!
 
2014-01-20 05:33:57 PM  

planes: Flab: $19 for a movie ticket?  Holy shiat!  I need to get out more.  Last time I went to a movie, I paid $9.

Back in the 1950's, I used to go to the movies every Sunday, a student ticket was 12¢, regular popcorn a nickel. Buttered popcorn was a dime, but who could afford that?   Get off my lawn!


How much was entry level wage/hr at your local burger joint?
 
2014-01-20 06:05:19 PM  
 
2014-01-20 06:38:27 PM  
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2014-01-20 07:25:21 PM  

chewd: Do they have "dinner syrup"?


I would say that that's "gravy", but my grandfather used to call gravy "Arkansas mayonnaise". So that can't be it.
 
2014-01-20 08:25:51 PM  
96.1 million pounds of syrup is about 9 million gallons. If that's worth $270 million dollars, that's $30/gallon. I guess that's wholesale. You'll pay about $30 for a quart at your typical 'country store' up in New Hampshire (medium amber). We paid $8 for an 8oz bottle as a 'gift' for our neighbors for coming in and feeding our fish while we were away.  That seems pretty comparable to the prices I see online.   I'd friggin' love to get a gallon of real maple syrup for $30 for a gallon.
 
2014-01-20 08:35:57 PM  

theknuckler_33: 96.1 million pounds of syrup is about 9 million gallons. If that's worth $270 million dollars, that's $30/gallon. I guess that's wholesale. You'll pay about $30 for a quart at your typical 'country store' up in New Hampshire (medium amber). We paid $8 for an 8oz bottle as a 'gift' for our neighbors for coming in and feeding our fish while we were away.  That seems pretty comparable to the prices I see online.   I'd friggin' love to get a gallon of real maple syrup for $30 for a gallon.


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"You want a gallon of maple syrup? I can get you a gallon of maple syrup, believe me. There are ways, theknuckler_33. You don't want to know about it, believe me."
 
2014-01-20 10:04:39 PM  

NewWorldDan: uncleacid: Too thin and not sweet enough. Give me my maple flavored corn syrup.

I mix 1 part maple to 2 parts ordinary syrup.  My wife regards this as a crime.


Your wife is right.
 
2014-01-20 10:10:27 PM  

wildcardjack: Ah, the self causing economic irregularity caused by supply crimping cartels.

Maple syrup prices are high enough you don't often find it in restaurants. Thus prices have to be high because demand is weaker than it would be if the prices were lower. Thus they have to hoard more maple syrup because the price is too high. Then people use less maple syrup. So they have to raise prices to make up for the fall in demand. And then the warehouses fill with years and years worth of maple syrup until Vermont farmers start a campaign for "Fresh Vermont Maple Syrup" pointing to the dominating Canadian maple reserves as being stale and years old. But global demand has dropped enough by this point that everyone is clamoring for fresh syrup, and Vermont syrup sells for a premium. Someone in the cartel decides to drop the price to undercut the Vermont sellers, but Vermont is winning on something other than price. Soon the price of Canadian syrup (called stale-yup by foodies) drops low enough that it shows up again at restaurants.

Gentlemen, if we do nothing to force the dismantling of the canadian syrup cartel we may have an International House of Pancakes incident.


Of course, if the article is right, the supply cartel was created as a reaction to a demand cartel.

/cartels suck
 
2014-01-20 10:31:20 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: wildcardjack: Ah, the self causing economic irregularity caused by supply crimping cartels.

Maple syrup prices are high enough you don't often find it in restaurants. Thus prices have to be high because demand is weaker than it would be if the prices were lower. Thus they have to hoard more maple syrup because the price is too high. Then people use less maple syrup. So they have to raise prices to make up for the fall in demand. And then the warehouses fill with years and years worth of maple syrup until Vermont farmers start a campaign for "Fresh Vermont Maple Syrup" pointing to the dominating Canadian maple reserves as being stale and years old. But global demand has dropped enough by this point that everyone is clamoring for fresh syrup, and Vermont syrup sells for a premium. Someone in the cartel decides to drop the price to undercut the Vermont sellers, but Vermont is winning on something other than price. Soon the price of Canadian syrup (called stale-yup by foodies) drops low enough that it shows up again at restaurants.

Gentlemen, if we do nothing to force the dismantling of the canadian syrup cartel we may have an International House of Pancakes incident.

Of course, if the article is right, the supply cartel was created as a reaction to a demand cartel.

/cartels suck


I find myself thinking of buying a grove of Vermont maples and setting up just the sort of "single grove special reserve 2014" branding I was describing. Couldn't do that in Canada, and it would be like small vineyard wine production.
 
zeg
2014-01-20 10:40:19 PM  

theknuckler_33: 96.1 million pounds of syrup is about 9 million gallons. If that's worth $270 million dollars, that's $30/gallon. I guess that's wholesale. You'll pay about $30 for a quart at your typical 'country store' up in New Hampshire (medium amber). We paid $8 for an 8oz bottle as a 'gift' for our neighbors for coming in and feeding our fish while we were away.  That seems pretty comparable to the prices I see online.   I'd friggin' love to get a gallon of real maple syrup for $30 for a gallon.


Passing through Montreal after Christmas, I stopped at a grocery store and found 540 mL cans of the stuff for $8 CDN, which is about $56/gal CDN, or $51/gal USD. Almost worth the drive, though it might be tough to get an SUV-load of that back across the border.
 
2014-01-20 11:42:23 PM  
Police are on the lookout for syruptitious behavior.
 
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