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Maple and Dairy – The Perfect Pair

In the world of food there are some things that are simply a perfect pair – maple and dairy is one of these. Stalwarts of Vermont’s agricultural economy, these two partner up to create some of our favorite foods. What’s Vermont summer without a maple creemee? What’s an apple pie without a slice of cheddar cheese and a drizzle of maple syrup? What’s a childhood without maple milk – such a simple recipe that has been a Vermont breakfast stable for generations.

However, the relationships between maple and dairy extends beyond just our personal favorites and the nostalgia associated with them to more sophisticated and refined combinations. Take cheese, for example. In the past, cheese has been mostly commonly paired with honey and dried fruit, but rarely maple – that is, until now. In a recent interview with Culture: the word on cheese magazine, Emma Marvin, co-owner of Butternut Mountain Farm, suggests pairing Grade A Dark, which has hints of caramel, burnt sugar and maple flavor with nuttier cheddar cheeses, and fresh, soft cheeses such as mascarpone or ricotta with Grade A Amber.

Just this past week alone, in the Butternut Mountain Farm test kitchen, we took it one step further and discovered how to pleasantly warm-up our sweet-salt experience by drizzling our Sweet Heat habanero infused pure maple syrup over our Autumn Pizza and mixing it into our Blue Cheese and Pear Macaroni and Cheese.

Of course a meal would not be complete without something sweet – and rightfully so! After all, research shows that pure maple syrup has far more nutritional value than refined sugars (white and brown), corn syrup, and honey. So, like well sourced, organic milk, not only does pure maple taste good but it FEELS good from the inside out, which is something we’ve intuitively known since childhood… 😉

Perhaps it’s the nostalgia that keeps us coming back for more of this perfectly perfect pair, or perhaps it’s the fascination with the undiscovered possibilities of “what’s next?” Whatever the reason, one thing remains true and constant: maple and milk never grow tired of each other.