Take a taste trip to the Wisconsin woods
plus one-day-only sale prices!
Mahlon Helms will be here to demo his handcrafted pure maple syrup – Helms Sugar Shack – a family operation near Barron, WI about 2 hours NE of the Twin Cities. They create 100% pure maple syrup – nothing added, the honest goodness is from from the tapped trees of Mahlon and Amber Helms.
Truly small-batch crafted, output relies on Mother Nature setting the spring temperature cycle of freezing nights and daytime thaws just right, which causes the pressure changes inside the maple trees to make the sap flow. Then the family uses a mix of old traditional methods and new technology to coax out and collect the sap, and boil it to create the sweet treat.
We'll have great one-day sale prices on Helms Sugar Shack!
• Pint = $8.69 (reg $10.79)
• Quart = $15.99 (reg $19.99)
Obviously, good syrup tastes great on pancakes, waffles, muffins and steel-cut oatmeal. In addition to adding rich, somewhat caramel, earthy flavor notes, it’s also a healthy way to sweeten food and beverages. Maple syrup is high in healthful antioxidants, plus contains natural vitamins and minerals. Not only nutritious, pure maple syrup is lower calorie and has a lower glycemic index than many sweeteners.
You can substitute maple syrup for white sugar in baking recipes – as long as they don't call for creaming (beating together butter and sugar): use 3/4 cup of syrup for every 1 cup of sugar, then reduce the quantity of liquid ingredients by about 3–4 tablespoons. It's a natural for fruit pies or crisps.
Plus maple syrup is an easy, dissolvable sweetener in beverages such as coffee, tea (hot or iced), lemonade, smoothies – or cocktails such as that Wisconsin Supper Club classic, an Old Fashioned, or even a Margarita!
There's no denying that the labor intensive process of making pure maple syrup makes it a bit more expensive. If you feel like you won't use it fast enough, the pure stuff keeps indefinitely in the freezer!
Thanks to Mahlon Helms for the image of the vintage galvanized sap pail!