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  1. Starting with the obvious, real maple syrup is totally different and better than Mrs. Butterworth's, Log Cabin, etc. Those are basically just corn syrup.
    If you want to blow a 10 year old's mind one time, you can buy straight corn syrup which is clear and use that. It tastes pretty much the same. You could also probably do some interesting stuff with food coloring.
  2. In the United States, the different grades of maple syrup used to refer to color (A was the lightest, B darker stuff, C not sold to consumers directly), but as of 2014, they redid the grading scheme so everything is Grade A and the color is marked separately.
    If you see a recipe that says to use Grade B syrup, just find a darker variety of syrup. The recipe is probably just a few years old.
  3. If you think about the first two facts together, pure corn syrup is Grade A++.
  4. Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream has tried making various maple syrup flavored ice creams over the years since B&J and maple syrup are the two most famous Vermont foods. They claim they are delicious but no one buys them so they've given up now.
    I guess you could just put maple syrup on ice cream to test whether it's actually good.