The pros: Trader Joe’s Vermont Ghosted Maple Syrup is new and is a very hot combo of maple syrup and ghost pepper.
The cons: This is not for everyone. Anyone sensitive to heat, be warned, this is hot. Also, this was listed as “HOL” on my receipt which usually means it is seasonal. So if you love it, stock up.
The verdict: Now, before you criticize my con of this being hot. I’m aware how hot ghost pepper is supposed to be. But short of the actual grinder of ghost peppers that Trader Joe’s sells, a lot of the products have had the heat level toned down to be more palatable.
The here today gone tomorrow ghost pepper cheddar hit shelves and was hot. This is much hotter.
I took a bit on a spoon and tried it. I tried maybe a teaspoon. Right away, I could tell that this was really good maple syrup. If they sold the maple syrup on its own, then it justifies the price.
Then the heat kicked in. It’s hot. And it lingers. I walked around my house mouth agape for a bit in a poor attempt to cool the burn. Now, it’s not chili pepper contest eating hot. It’s just hotter than my usual reach for medium wings.
So speaking of wings, now comes the question: how do I use this product? My answer is not so much pancakes, but something more savory. I mean, if you want your pancakes to burn, by all means use it this way. But I know the quantity of maple syrup I use for pancakes, which would make it less than enjoyable.
This item begs for savory with a hint of sweet for contrast. My goal is to use this for some chicken and waffles. Or maybe some spicy maple bacon. Even a veggie where I would think about using maple syrup would be a good use of this. And yes, some maple glaze wings would play well with this product. One of my readers on Facebook, Juli Michele said she used it successfully in unsweetened hot cocoa.
But I would only drizzle this product. Someone who like heat more might not feel the same way. But in either case this is a quality product. It’s not for everyone and not for the faint of heart. It’s also for people who are willing to get creative with this product. If all you are going use it for is your morning breakfast, it might not be the right fit for you.
If you are up for a culinary challenge and can stand the heat, then you have a really good maple syrup that brings the heat. For $8.99 it isn’t cheap. But real maple syrup is a premium product.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The bottle of Trader Joe’s Vermont Ghosted Maple Syrup:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe’s describes this product:
Would I buy this again? One bottle of Trader Joe’s Vermont Ghosted Maple Syrup should get me through the year. While it is different, I look forward to trying the new and more mellow Vanilla Infused Maple syrup of some of the newer maple syrups hitting shelves.
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