The flavors of toffee, brown butter, and toasted pecan notes come to life in Crown Maple Applewood Smoked organic maple syrup as they slowly smoke their Dark Color maple syrup at low temperatures with 100% natural Applewood, creating a medium-body that presents enticing aromas of sweet smoke and warm spice. Crown Maple® Applewood Smoked Organic Maple Syrup can be enjoyed in many ways. Naturally, the simplest uses are to pour it straight over waffles, ice cream, peaches or oatmeal. Adds depth of flavor and caramelization as marinade and basting glaze for meats, vegetables and fruit. A flavor enhancement on fish, especially salmon. Also adds depth of flavor in sauces, mustards and vinaigrettes. Drizzle over desserts & cheese. Have fun in flavoring cocktails instead of a simple syrup. Crown Maple Syrup is crafted in Dutchess County, New York exclusively from the sap produced by 25,000 majestic sugar and red maple trees on a 800-acre sustainably managed farm. These varieties produce the sweetest sap on the planet and, combined with the perfect climate of the Hudson River Valley, make it possible for Crown Maple to produce their regal syrup. There are typically only about 20 prime sap days in a season and they generally begin in mid-February when temperatures in the Hudson Valley climb into the 40s during the day and dip to below freezing at night. This temperature fluctuation creates pressure inside the maples that naturally forces out the sap. Crown uses a unique Reverse Osmosis unit – the only one of its kind in the US – that quickly and efficiently removes 90 percent of the water and produces a concentrate with the precise sugar content required for the next stage of their process. Using reverse osmosis to remove most of the water is far superior because it protects the delicate sap from prolonged exposure to heat which causes burning and excess carmelization.