It’s important to find real maple syrup, which is made from the sap of the maple tree and cooked down into a super sweet, concentrated syrup. The real stuff is more expensive than the fake stuff – which is basically maple-flavored sugar. Aren’t you trying to avoid sugar? The real stuff is so special there have even been grand heists involving the smuggling of maple syrup. It ranges in color from light gold to dark brown and is rich in minerals and antioxidants. In addition to tasting great on the obvious foods like pancakes and waffles, it is also good in oatmeal, yogurt, and even with some meat marinades.