Saturday, March 15, 2008
Awful Aunt Jemima & Mrs. Butterworthless
I don't get how one could ever eat that fake evil high fructose corn syrup crap on top of a delicious stack of fluffy whole grain buttermilk waffles.
It's a crime against nature. Up in New England and Canada they grow these things called Maple trees, and in the spring time they tap the trees, collect their sap, and then boil it down for hours until the result is silky delicious amber colored syrup heaven.
Aunt Jemima Original INGREDIENTS: CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, CELLULOSE GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, SALT, SODIUM BENZOATE AND SORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVES), ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE.
Maple Syrup: "The only ingredient in Western Family 100% Pure Maple Syrup is the sap from the Sugar Maple Tree" (From the back of my generic brand jar--generic! It doesn't matter; it's still all natural.)
Between the above two, there is no comparison. I rest my case. If I don't have pure maple syrup, I will make a simple syrup out of equal parts brown sugar and water boiled together before I'll ever eat that high fructose--I can't pronounce most of the ingredients--corn syrup. So, spend a few extra bucks and make sure to read label--ONLY ONE INGREDIENT! I promise you'll never go back.
Second place is worth mentioning. All natural Huckleberry Syrup from Idaho (and/or surrounding Western states) does make an acceptable alternative for your favorite pancake or waffle topper. If you've never experienced the sweet joys of huckleberries, you absolutely must order some jam or syrup. Click on the link.
Now that I've got that off my chest. I also must give a" shout out" to the funny-looking furry, yet deliciously juicy green kiwifruit. Gosh I heart kiwis. Here's an idea for a key lime pie, or use the shamrock topper for your favorite "leprechaun pudding." (Did anyone else make pistachio pudding to attract leprechauns on St. Patrick's Day in elementary school?)
May your St. Patty's Day be filled with Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Soda Bread, and some kind of Minty or Limey green dessert. No pinches please.
Oh yeah, and this pot of gold idea is too cute for young and old alike. It's just a hollowed lime filled with lemon jello jigglers.