Spring is just around the corner, and with it comes fresh New Hampshire maple syrup. Cormier's SugarhouseThis is a bold, sweet syrup with a strong maple aftertaste like a Grade B that lingers on the tongue. For those looking for a nice blend of sweet and maple, this is the perfect compromise between the two types of flavors. $9.50 for one pint.13 Farrarville Rd., Belmont
www.cormierssugarhouse.comFuller's SugarhouseThe maple syrup from Fuller's Sugarhouse will delight those with a taste for a sweeter topping to their pancakes. The taste of maple is complemented by a sugary flavor that seems almost too decadent to eat for breakfast. $10.95 for one pint.267 Main St., Lancaster
www.fullerssugarhouse.comAnd the Winner Is...Sunnyside Maples Inc.The Sunnyside Maples' offering was nearly a unanimous staff favorite. For those looking for a big hit of maple flavor as opposed to sweetness, this is the syrup you're looking for. $10 for one pint.1089 Rte. 106, N. Loudon
(603) 267-8217Just MapleThe maple syrup from Just Maple is the lightest of the four tasted by the staff. It has a more mild - but still very distinct - maple flavor.
$10.95 for one pint.Green Acres Farm
475 School St., Tilton
This article appears in the March 2011 issue of New Hampshire Magazine