Twin Peaks Tuesday: Maple Syrup

So we already know that Agent Cooper loves cremated bacon and eggs over hard. But how does he like his flapjacks?

Nothing beats the taste sensation when maple syrup collides with ham!

OK, can we agree that Agent Cooper is just one of the best TV characters of all-time? God bless David Lynch for writing him.

Funny thing–as I was thinking about Coop and the maple syrup I was reminded of a very funny scene from Orange is the New Black‘s second season. In episode 11, aptly titled “Hunger Strike,” a handful of prisoners decide to go on strike in protest of the prison’s conditions and treatment of the inmates. But before their demands can be published in the Big House Bugle (the prison’s newspaper), they have to agree on them. One of their demands: better maple syrup in the cafeteria. There’s one problem–Leanne and Angie (the meth heads) can’t decide between the real thing and artificial. I wish I could find a clip of it, because it is just so absurd.


Yeah, they broke their hunger strike when pizza showed up. Who wouldn’t?

So I ask you, kittens–where do you fall in this epic battle? Real maple syrup or Mrs. Butterworth and friends?

I can tell you which kind Mad Men‘s Stan Rizzo prefers.

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6 Responses to Twin Peaks Tuesday: Maple Syrup

  1. I grew up on Butterworth, but now I prefer the real stuff, straight out of the tree spigot. My father uses plain Karo corn syrup on his pancakes, and while it really disgusts me, I respect his shameless pursuit of pure sweetness rather than maple flavored pure sweetness.

  2. Buzz says:

    I like Agent Cooper. When Twin Peaks was on, a lot of people talked about how weird the town was on the show. But Cooper showed that it wasn’t just Twin Peaks. He was an outsider and just as weird; in the show, the whole world evidently operated by a totally different set of rules that our real one.

  3. Angie says:

    Eggo butter flavored syrup, but they stopped making it ( hysterically crying)

  4. Keri says:

    Used to buy the real thing, then we got cheap. I make my own! 2 cups sugar + 1 cup water. Boil. Stir in 1 tsp of Mapeline brand maple flavor. Blue and white box that looks like it’s probably never changed since the 50s. Works for us. There are also instructions on the box to make it thicker, but thin is like real maple anyway.

  5. hemcfeely says:

    Real all the way! Like magic in an (expensive) bottle.

  6. Keith says:

    A child of the 70’s, I was raised on the syrup that came originally from a tree. The maple flavor is true and really can’t be duplicated. Taste is more in one’s head than on one’s tongue. It’s whatever you have conditioned yourself to. Whenever I taste the fake stuff, I can taste the strange artificial aftertaste to it. The irony of fake syrup is that maple syrup is not thick at all; it’s thin. They just take the viscous characteristic of corn syrup and market it as something desirable.

    As a boy, I tapped maple trees and boiled the sap to make maple syrup. Most people don’t realize why the real thing is expensive. You need about 50-60 gallons of sap from sugar maple trees to make 1 gallon of syrup. You can also use red maple trees, but that takes even more sap to get one gallon of syrup. That’s a lot of trees to get enough syrup. Also, maple trees grow well in the northern reaches of North America (hence why a lot is made in Canada, northern New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania). Grade A maple syrup isn’t any better than Grade B maple syrup, it’s just lighter in color and flavor (Grade B is usually cheaper).

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