Maple syrup. I absolutely *love* the stuff. With pancakes, with french toast (or should that be “Freedom Toast”, just like Freedom Fries). Unfortunately, most Dutch people tend to prefer a thick molasses which we call “stroop” … the horror … the horror …. the horror … uhm, wel you get the message.
Aaaanyway, if you know where to look, you can find a small selection of high quality syrups. At a “reasonable” price. The bottle of 100% pure Canadion grade C Organic Maple Syrup I have stored in the fridge right now cost exactly €9.95 for a bottle of 500ml. That’s around this much in American currency, and about this much in Canadian dollars.
I don’t know if that’s a lot for some sweetner, but I suspect it may be a little exorbitant. Mind you, the lable does say they needed to evaporate 18 litres of maple sap just to fill this one bottle. Nonetheless, I only hope that someday my fellow countrymen will appreciate the fine quality of a good maple syrup as much as I do. Which would mean cheaper maple syrup! Yay!