4. Quebec has a maple syrup cartel
The province produces roughly 75% of the planet’s maple juice -- so much, that the farmers banded together to create the “Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers”, which is effectively a legal cartel. In fact, to keep prices where they want them, they keep a stockpile known as “the International Strategic Maple Syrup Reserve” (which is probably the most awesome name they could have come up with for it) comprised of four warehouses full of the stuff. Just one of them holds enough syrup to fill 11 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
5. It’s more expensive than crude oil... and has a huge black market
Grade A syrup currently trades at about $32 per gallon -- approximately 13 times the price of black gold. Naturally, that means there’s a huge underground trade in the stuff, and the Federation frequently carries out sting operations, staging illegal syrup deals to try and catch smugglers.
6. It was the cause of the most awesome heist ever
In the largest agricultural theft of all time, thieves stole 6 million pounds of syrup ($18 million worth) from the Strategic Reserve over the course of a year, storing it -- we’re forced to assume -- in some kind of giant waffle. It took authorities two whole months just to figure out how much had been taken, but eventually everyone involved was caught. A movie is in the works starring Jason Segel.