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The Ultimate Guide to Maple Syrup Pairings

Ultimate Maple Pairings

We talk a big game about how maple syrup isn’t just for sweet things but savory recipes too. The truth is the flavor spectrum is more elaborate than sweet and savory. There’s salty and bitter and umami flavor profiles and maple syrup can fit in with the whole lot of it.

Maple syrup and French toast are a divine match. A fruit crisp can taste blue ribbon worthy with the rich addition of maple syrup. Salmon gets the sweet and salty treatment from a marinade made of maple syrup and soy sauce. There is a pantry plethora of pairings!

But what specifically does maple pair well with? We get granular here to bring you the ultimate guide for pairing pure maple syrup. Sweet, savory, umami, bitter, salty, spices. We cover it all.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef looking for fresh inspiration in the kitchen, or you’re new to this wholesome sweetener and want to incorporate it into your cooking, we hope this list leads you to discovering the magic of maple in your kitchen.


  • Biscuits
  • Brioche
  • Butter
  • Cake batters
  • Challah Bread
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Cookie dough
  • Cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Crème Fraice
  • Custards
  • Dates
  • Dried Fruits
  • Fresh and frozen fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas, mango, pineapple, figs, peaches, plums
  • Ice Cream, Vanilla especially
  • Marshmallows
  • Mascarpone
  • Pancakes
  • Pies
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Waffles

Savory & Umami

  • Almond Butter
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Beans, baked especially
  • Carrots
  • Cheeses: cheddar, gouda, halloumi, feta, brie, ricotta
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Grains: barley, oats, wheat, rye
  • Green tea
  • Grilled meat
  • Hot peppers
  • Labne
  • Matcha
  • Miso paste
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard
  • Nuts: almonds, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans
  • Onion
  • Peanut Butter
  • Pork
  • Potatoes
  • Salmon
  • Shrimp
  • Sour cream
  • Tahini
  • Turkey
  • Winter squash



  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Blood orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Tangy yogurt
  • White Wine Vinegar


  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cauliflower
  • Coffee
  • Cranberries
  • Tart cherries

Herbs & Spices

  • Cardamom
  • Chai
  • Chipotle
  • Cinnamon
  • Curry
  • Five Spice
  • Ginger
  • Harissa
  • Nutmeg
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

Liquor & Liquids

An additional note

Pure maple comes in multiple forms, colors and tastes. Use pure maple syrup, pure maple sugar, or pure maple butter to infuse your recipes with this exciting and wholesome ingredient. Explore Grade A maple syrup colors and tastes to identify what flavor works best for your pairing.