Have you ever had pure maple syrup? Once you have, the other never quite works for you again. Pure maple syrup is deep in color, rich in taste, goes down slowwwww-ly, and lingers wherever it lands. It is sweet without containing the kinds of processed sugars we’re told to avoid, which makes it a super treat.
I’m a native New Englander. My first childhood memories of pure maple anything were of the little maple sugar candies that my parents brought back from vacations up north. These came in a box of four or six and were shaped like pine cones, maple leaves, or trees. Put one in your mouth, and it melts, just like that. I have newer memories of maple products, but more on that in a sec.