Every now and again, there is a product that I'm almost positive that I haven't seen available anywhere else. This is one of those products. I've never seen maple butter before. But when I saw it, I knew it was going into my cart.
After I got it home, I tried it with a spoon. Here is a jar of maple syrup (yes, despite the name that is the only ingredient in it) that behaves quite a bit like creamed honey.
So yes, this is a "butter" that is dairy-free and vegan.
If you didn't think you needed this, which I didn't think I did, this is worth a try on the consistency alone. This is a product that would pair well with waffles, pancakes, muffins, or anywhere else where a maple flavor would be appreciated, but the liquid type might not work as well.
My husband and I enjoyed ours with waffles. But I also found him eating this with a spoon. I felt the same but didn't act on it.
One quick caveat about buying this, I've noticed some product inconsistency with ones on the shelf where they no longer look churned. While the jar mentions it, I didn't want to test that out.
For $5.99 this is another maple syrup to try. And yes, this year it seems like this has been one of the dominant products they are playing around with.
Now, if you are saying to yourself, "I'd rather make it myself as I already have a lot of maple syrup at home" then consider giving this recipe a try. For those who don't understand metrics here is the conversion: 1.25 cups of maple syrup heated to 230F and then cool to 98.6F. You can follow the rest of the printed directions.
It doesn't look hard to make, but just be careful, there are a few burns quite as painful as boiling sugar.
Otherwise, this is a buy again for our household. And in case you are wondering, I still have one more maple product left to go with the Organic Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup. But I'll save that for another week.
Would I buy this again? Oh yes. I really hope this is a permanent addition to store shelves.
The jar of Trader Joe's Organic Maple Butter:
Calories and ingredients
How Trader Joe's describes this:
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Trader Joe's Organic Maple Butter
A organic, dairy free, and vegan "butter" product that is full of the maple flavor.
- This is another product you didn't know you needed in your life.
- If you love the taste of maple, but wished it could be spread, then consider this wish granted.
- It's pricey, but all pure maple products are.