A Peek Inside one of Québec’s Cabanes à Sucre

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Boiling maple sap creates lots of steam, which leaves a sticky residue on everything it touches. It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup.

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To make maple taffy (tire d’érable), maple sap is boiled past the point where it becomes maple syrup.

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Checking the temperature of the syrup. To make maple taffy, it must be boiled until it reaches a temperature of about 234 °F (112 °C).

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Different shades and grades of syrup. In Canada, there are 3 grades and several color classes: Canada Number 1, which is Extra Light, Light and Medium; Number 2 Amber; and lastly Number 3 Dark.

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