Making Maple Sugar Candy
Pure maple syrup is produced in the spring when the evenings are still cool, yet the day is warmed by the sun. Maple sap is collected in buckets hung on each tree or through a piping system that interconnects the maple trees, delivering the maple sap directly to the sugar house for boiling. If the maple sap is collected in buckets hung from each tree, then it requires collecting the sap from each bucket, each day, and transporting the sap to the sugar house, typically with the use of a tractor pulling a large container. And, because there's often still snow on the ground in the spring, this process of collecting maple sap often requires walking through snow that sometimes can still be quite deep in the forest. 40 gallons of maple sap must be boiled down to produce just 1 gallon of maple syrup. The maple sugaring season generally last 2-4 weeks each spring and typically ends when the maple trees begin to bud. Once the maple syrup is produced, it is then stored in 35 gallon drums until needed throughout the year to be sold in small syrup plastic, glass, or tin containers. Or, the maple syrup is further boiled down to product maple sugar and maple sugar candy.
As you can see, the process of producing 100% pure Vermont maple syrup, and subsequently pure maple candy, is very labor intensive. It's all worth it though, because not only is maple candy delicious, but the maple syrup it's made from contains an abundant amount of naturally occurring minerals such as calcium, manganese, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. And similar to broccoli and bananas, it’s a natural source of beneficial antioxidants as well. Pure maple syrup is also more nutritious than all other common sweeteners, contains one of the lowest calorie levels of natural sweeteners, and has been shown to have healthy glycemic qualities.
In terms of shipping maple sugar candy, thanks to the United Postal Service we are able to ship maple candy across the country in just a few days from the time an order is placed.
So now back to the FAST, CHEAP, and GOOD... Maple candy is certainly GOOD, and we can get it to you fast, but because it requires a lot of work to produce from maple sap to candy, it's not feasible nor practical to sell it CHEAP. Though some large online stores will encourage their merchants to engage in a price war with other merchants and sell maple candy at rock bottom prices or with reduced or free shipping, this is not good for the small sugar house businesses that often have to absorb the loss in profit margin OR take a hit on shipping costs. So now you know the truth behind the value of pure maple candy.