Admitted! I have a sweet tooth. When my physician told me to lay off sugar, I had to ask if that included maple syrup? It was the first time I made him smile.
There are two flavors of ice cream that seem to belong to New England; black raspberry and maple walnut. My heart beats just a little faster when I see them on an ice cream blackboard of available flavors. Yesterday it was time for maple walnut, my favorite. Give me anything with a maple flavor and I’ll sit at your feet and beg. I’m not sure why these flavors haven’t made it to other USA locations. Probably just ignorance of how good they are!
There was a break in the usual very long line at a local ice cream shop called The Juice Bar, yesterday. Curiously, it was my husband who suggested we have ice cream as we exited The fascinating Whaling Museum. Who am I to disagree? The weather has turned warmer and muggier here. I needed no encouragement to step up to the counter. The cone tasted creamier and more flavorful than I’d imagined it as I savored every lick. You must try it too. I’ve found some recipes, which I’ve linked.. Calories be damned.I’m all out for pleasure these days.
There was always a disappointment when growing up about the promise of going to a maple sugar farm as the sap was rising and maple syrup was being collected. As I remember the process is called sugaring. Generally, the weather necessary for this action to take place never coincided with my availability. I satisfied my primal desires by nibbling on maple sugar candy, a staple at any self respecting farm store in our area. I usually went for the maple leaf shape, it seemed less aggressive than eating the little Pilgrim boy or little Pilgrim girl. Or are they adult pilgrims? I’m not sure.
If you follow me, you might get in trouble, but I promise we’ll have fun.
In case you need more encouragement, here’s a recipe for maple walnut from allrecipes.com at your fingertips.