There is a special place in Canadians’ hearts for maple syrup. They eat so much of the stuff their veins are practically circulating it around their bodies. It’s like a Canadian borg, so they’re all friendly and polite. While they request that you join their collective, they don’t force it upon you. Once you arrive in Canada, you will see the vast array of food options you can choose with maple syrup on them.
Here are ten of the most ridiculous ones (and thank god cannibalism is not legal in Canada).
1. Maple Energy DrinkImage Source: Endurance Tap
Energy drinks are the greatest invention known to the office worker since air conditioning. Now, Canadian company Endurance Tap wants to share the power of goodness only maple syrup and Canadians can provide to athletes. So, whether your office is inside or the great outdoors, know that in Canada, Canadians really do put maple syrup on everything.
2. Sushi with Maple BeadsImage Source: CBC News
Only a Canadian firefighter could decide to popularize bacon sushi with glazed maple syrup. That’s the culinary equivalent of saying “Keanu Reeves is such a nice guy, but we should try and make him nicer.” Usually, four alarms fires only count when you are serving chilli, not sushi (I’m a father. I deserve a dad joke every once in awhile).
3. Maple Syrup Stir Fried BeefImage Source: Toronto Metro
It is not every day that you see someone pour maple syrup on his or her beef stir fry but, in Canada, everything goes. It is like Las Vegas in that everything that happens in Canada stays in Canada. Unlike Las Vegas, no one is ashamed of what they have done in Canada because they usually replicate it in America fifty years later (healthcare, cough cough).
4. Maple Syrup WineImage Source: Foodie Pages
Wine is a difficult thing to judge because people either drink for pleasure or efficiency. However, in Canada, we drink patriotism. That’s how we express it, along with following the law and paying our taxes. You could probably pair this wine with maple syrup if you wanted to get really extreme.
5. Chicken in Maple SauceImage Source: Pure Canada Maple
I know what you are thinking: “It tastes like chicken.” Of course, everything tastes like chicken, especially maple syrup when it is poured over chicken. The only way this chicken could be more Canadian is if it adopted France’s military record.
6. Syrup SaladImage Source: CBC
Maple syrup salad is officially a thing, and this is in Canada where being a “thing” is a big deal. The salad is lightly coated in a maple dressing, allowing it to “breathe.” I’m assuming all salad breathes because, let’s face it, the meat products aren’t anymore unless you order beef tartar.
7. Maple Syrup CakeImage Source: Pastry Affair
If you thought cake could not get any better, you have not been to Canada. Adding maple syrup to food in Canada is like deep-frying food in America: it’s everywhere. You can now buy Canadian cake with maple syrup on it, for all the people who like trees just a bit too much. It also has almonds so you know it is healthy.
8. Maple Syrup BBQ SalmonImage Source: Food Network
Salmon is the Donald Trump of fish. It is bright, orange, and will eventually invade Canada due to the golden allure of maple syrup. Salmon is one of those foods that will taste great with anything on it, especially if you like the taste of salmon.
9. Canadian Breakfast: Eggs in Maple SyrupImage Source: Kayahara
Eggs are a vital part of a great breakfast. For a Canadian twist on a commonplace breakfast item, try eggs with maple syrup. That mixture of thick, oozing syrup and egg yolk is sure to go down well in Montreal, where everything goes down well. They are part-French, after all.
10. Fries topped with Maple SyrupImage Source: Food Network
Fries, whether you like them French or Freedom, are amazing. Fries are the best part of Irish culture that has been exported to America since Liam Neeson. In Canada, you can now get them topped with maple syrup. After all, we already put cheese curds, gravy, butter, and more on fries to make poutine. Why not try fries with maple syrup?
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