Sarah Dwyer, owner Chouquette Chocolates, created her Maple Bacon Caramels based on her favorite breakfast: chocolate chip pancakes with bacon.
Birch syrup is a traditional Latvian treat that’s harvested just like maple syrup, but birch syrup only has a fraction of the sugar of maple syrup: one to two percent versus eight percent. Traditionally, you’d use birch sap to make lemonade, ferment it into wine, or add it to water for a refreshing cooler, but you can also cook it down into a syrup.
Just like with coffee and chocolate crops, climate change is affecting plants all over the world. As global temperatures rise, growing regions are changing, and for the maple syrup industry in the northeast United States that could spell disaster.