The Vermont invention seems like a real game changer.

By Tim Nelson
March 13, 2019
Coombs Family Farms

For the longest time, maple syrup was the kind of thing that flannel-wearing Vermonters extracted from trees and sold by the jug to the breakfast-eating public. Unfortunately, that sweet, viscous syrup often proves to be unwieldy. At one point or another, we’ve all impatiently flipped that syrup jar upside down only to drown our pancakes or waffles in a sticky sea of sugar that ends up going uneaten.

But what if there was a better way? As it turns out, there is: an ingenious invention called the Maple Stream has disrupted the syrup game by augmenting the traditional syrup distribution method from spill to spray. It comes encased in a can that looks similar to spray-on sunscreen. All one has to do is aim it at your breakfast, hold down the button, and let go once those morning carbs are properly saturated in syrup. And lest you worry that this introduces a fine mist of syrup rather than the consistency you’re used to, it looks like that’s not an issue.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the idea behind Maple Stream was initially tinkered with by Start Right Foods, a waffle company based out of Missouri, but the patent was transferred to Vermont-based Coombs Family Farms, who’ve been in the sap business for a number of generations. They’ve taken the idea and ran with it, perfecting their product and bringing it to market across the country in late 2018.

So why do we need maple syrup that you can spray? According to Arnold Coombs, director of sales and marketing for Coombs Family Farms, Maple Stream addresses a few key challenges and sticky situations. First and foremost, it’s a family-friendly product. The delivery system introduces a greater degree of portion control, especially when wielded by overzealous children who’ve been known to dump a whole jug of syrup on their plate. The product also makes it much easier for sugar-loving kids to get real syrup without loading up on artificial sweeteners.

“Moms and dads have been very positive about it,” Coombs told the Burlington Free Press. “We’re getting emails sent to our website saying, ‘We bought the product, it’s great.’”

The can-based system has other benefits over traditional maple syrup storage methods as well. Maple Stream makes it easier to avoid the sticky bottle caps and sticky fingers that are part and parcel of getting syrup from more traditional jugs. And because the can uses an airtight seal, Maple Stream doesn’t need to be refrigerated like traditional maple syrup would once it’s opened, which makes it ideal if you’re the kind of person who needs maple syrup on the go.

Between sprayable maple syrup and shelf-stable batter, we’re truly living in a golden(-brown) age of pancake innovation. At this rate we’ll probably be able to 3D print them before 2019 is over. But until then, spraying your syrup seems like a good way to cut down on food waste without making a mess

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