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Maple Syrup
Maple Syrup comes from the sap of sugar maple trees. Sugar maples are a member of the hard maples group, which includes others such as Black Maple, but it is primarily the sugar maples which are tapped for their sap (red or silver maples can also be tapped.) One tree can produce twelve gallons of maple sap a year, which seems like a lot, until you realize that about 40 US gallons (150 litres) of sap are needed to end up with one US gallon (3 3/4 litres) of Maple Syrup.

Sap is harvested in the early spring. To get a good run of sap, you need warm sunny days, and very cold nights. Taps are hammered into the trees, and buckets hung on the taps to catch the sap running out. The taps will be in the tree from the first major thaw, up until when the leaf buds open -- after that, the sap has a harsh, awful taste.

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Sugar Cubes
Sugar Cubes are cubes of sugar meant for table use. They allow a user of them to sweeten his or or beverage as desired. Generally, the beverages are hot, typically coffee or tea, as the cubes dissolve away very quickly into a liquid when the liquid is hot. They can be used to sweeten a cold drink, such as Iced Tea, but you will have to stir a great deal to encourage the cute to dissolve faster.

The cubes are made by pressing granulated sugar, mixed with a bit of sugar liquid to help glue them all together, into cube shapes.

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