All Photos by Adam Lapetina
When staring at a heaping stack of pancakes or waffles, what do you reach for? Maybe you're a pure maple person, or maybe Mrs. Butterworth was like a member of your family (who you weirdly groped every morning). But is there truly even a difference between the major brands? We decided to find out and, to do so, enlisted the help of a bunch of saps to taste them all back-to-back. Actually, they're sap-enthusiasts.
The syrup contenders are the major brands (Mrs. Butterworth's, Aunt Jemima, Log Cabin, and Hungry Jack), along with a generic store brand (ShopRite), and an actual honest-to-goodness organic maple variety (Dutch Gold). Our tasters didn't know which one they were dipping their waffles into and, after tasting them all, ranked them from best to worst: