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Unlocking the potential of sugar

Ailis Clyne, Aaron Wightman, Steve Childs | April 8, 2020

VAN ETTEN, N.Y.—Maple sugar has unrealized potential as a product with unlimited applications.

Despite variability in the product there is not much variation in what is offered for sale.

Most producers use the same guidelines and methods for producing sugar – typically using low-invert syrups which result in light colored and weakly flavored sugar. We’ve been experimenting with strengthening this flavor using darker syrups.

The advantage of using low invert sugars and the traditional method is a sugar product with consistent crystal sizes, and acceptable flavor and moisture content.

The drawback is relatively weak maple flavor that is easily overwhelmed by other ingredients. Many popular confections are made with strong flavor ingredients that mask the flavor of the sweetener.
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Runamok Maple expands to new facility

Leon Thompson | July 20, 2018

FAIRFAX, Vt.—One of Vermont’s largest maple producers has put its entire operation into a former game piece factory in the northwestern part of the state.

Staff at Runamok Maple, owned by Eric and Laura Sorkin, spent more than a week in July moving into the 55,000-square-foot facility in Fairfax, located in maple-rich Franklin County.

The building is located at 293 Fletcher Road and is the former site of Morse Hardwood, which used to manufacture wooden Scrabble game tiles. The structure has been vacant for about two years, so the Sorkins are happy to fill an economic void in Fairfax, while their business grows and thrives. MORE ]

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Cotton candy equals cash

Paul Post | March 2017

Maple cotton candy can be a fun path to sweet success, for groups or individuals.

But there’s a knack to making it, which involves no small amount of attention to detail. MORE ]

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Candy Research, Part 1

By Stephen Childs Cornell Maple Program in cooperation with Merle Maple | November 2015

The goals of this project are to improve the overall quality of maple sugar, molded maple sugar, maple sugar pieces or maple sugar candy which ever name you may be using. Quality is identified in terms of the smoothness, graininess, hardness, shelf life and lack of white spots deep in the pieces or on the surface of the pieces. The second goal is to improve the labor efficiency of making and handling the pieces.
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Candy Research, Part 2

By Stephen Childs Cornell | Maple Program in cooperation with Merle Maple with Merle Maple | January 2016

The goals of this project are to improve the overall quality of maple sugar, molded maple sugar, maple sugar pieces or maple sugar candy which ever name you may be using. Quality is identified in terms of the smoothness to graininess, too soft to firm to too hard, length of shelf life and lack of white spots deep in the pieces to white dusting on the candy surface to no white spots. MORE ]