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My Family Makes Amazing Maple Syrup. This Is the Only Bottle I’ll Buy When We Run Out.

published Oct 5, 2021
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Maple syrup is very likely a part of my genetic makeup, which is why I take recommending a bottle of it very seriously. My mom grew up in Vermont and is a maple syrup purist; we could only go to breakfast places that served “real maple syrup.” Occasionally, she was even caught carrying a bottle of “the good stuff” in her purse.

My uncle owns a small maple syrup production near where my mom grew up, and I’m generously gifted a gallon or two each year from his sugarbush. Depending on my syrup stipend, I usually start running low around September — my family of four goes through a lot of syrup! When we run out, I’m forced to turn to the grocery store. And I’m almost always disappointed; often, it’s too thick, too sweet, or not maple-y enough. This year, however, I found Runamok’s Sugarmaker’s Cut and I knew right away that I’d discovered a real-deal alternative to my uncle’s syrup. 

Credit: Meghan Splawn

Buy: Runamok Sugarmaker’s Cut, $18.95 for 12.7 ounces

Runamok describes their Sugarmaker’s Cut as “the very best organic maple syrup of the season; what we give to friends and family” and, honestly, that sounds exactly right. Maple syrup producers often reserve the best bottles for themselves and those in a close circle. And that’s what’s exactly what’s happening here — only the average shopper can get in on it!

Credit: Meghan Splawn

Runamok’s Sugarmaker’s Cut is like the filet mignon of maple syrup. It is thinner than big-batch commercial syrups with a robust sweetness and strong maple taste. A little pour goes a long way (even my syrup-hungry kids agree). It sings on from-scratch Saturday pancakes and weekday morning freezer waffles. It’s worth noting, too, that the slightly thinner viscosity makes it an ideal sweetener for nightcaps of whiskey and mixed drinks alike. 

Runamok’s other maple products are just as delicious and (unsurprisingly) all of their producers are family-owned and operated in the great state of Vermont. I love to think that my bottle of Sugarmaker’s Cut comes from a sugarbush that neighbors my uncle’s! You can find Runamok’s Sugarmaker’s Cut online (Amazon, Hive Brands, and directly from their site) and, funny enough, many Ace hardware stores carry it locally. 

Do you have a go-to maple syrup? Tell us in the comments below!