2. It takes 40 gallons of tree sap to make one gallon of syrup
Once tapped, the sap actually looks like water, and it takes a huge amount of boiling down to produce the silky liquid gold.
3. It looks a lot like you’re making meth
Though in principle, the syrup-making process remains unchanged from colonial days (tap the trees, boil the sap), nowadays though, tubes have replaced buckets, and in February of last year, Illinois police busted a “meth lab” that turned out to be making syrup (it’s still unclear which is more addictive, however).