Perhaps a little mud season break from politics will be welcome. Vermont may be called the King of Maple Syrup with an output of 3 million gallons of syrup produced in 2014. But according to the Washington Post more people prefer fake to the real thing.
Fake maple syrup resembles real maple syrup about as much as Velveeta resembles a good Camembert. But when I asked 1,000 Americans which they preferred on their pancakes, the artificial brands won out big time.
Just over 25 percent of respondents to an online Google Consumer Survey panel said that real maple syrup was their pancake topper of choice. Seventy percent chose either Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth's, Log Cabin or Hungry Jack, while another three percent chose something else.
They speculate the preference for fake probably has to do with high cost — hopefully not flavor. Mostly it is that a gallon of fake syrup goes for about eight dollars (at WalMart), a far cry from the forty to sixty dollars a gallon the labor-intensive genuine maple syrup costs.
So it is mostly about price and availability, although marketing, accessibility, and culture may be additional factors. So there you have it: Not everything boils down to politics.