You can enjoy maple ingredients and flavors without that tree tap, gooey mess or frostbite. Here are our six product picks.
UnTapped Maple Waffle
Owned by former pro cyclist Ted King, UnTapped started through a successful crowdfunding effort. It now includes stroopwafel-like organic waffles made with pure maple syrup and maple sugar. The result is a buttery, honey graham cracker flavor that tastes great on long rides or as a snack with coffee.
GU Energy Gel Maple Bacon
Part of GU’s lineup of naturally flavored energy gels, it has a (surprisingly) pleasant savory-sweet taste that could fight flavor fatigue late in a long workout. It’s sweet at the beginning and smoky at the end with a thicker texture than other gels. In addition to carbs, electrolytes and amino acids, it also contains caffeine from green tea extract.
DrinkMaple Pure Maple Water
This drink is made with just organic maple water, the liquid that comes straight out of a maple tree. It’s high in nutrients such as manganese and prebiotics and low in sugar, offering a mild flavor with a little punch of sweet that maple lovers will enjoy.
SuperSeedz Maple Sugar and Sea Salt
These gourmet shell-free pumpkin seeds are a tasty treat, especially in this salty-sweet flavor combo. Made with pure maple sugar, sea salt and real vanilla extract, the flavor and crunch of these seeds (achieved by dry roasting) won over taste testers. High in protein, iron and other nutrients, they make a filling low-sugar snack on their own or as a topping for oatmeal or yogurt.
Rumble Supershake coffee bean
We loved the coffee bean flavor of this bottled protein drink thanks to its smooth, drinkable texture—reminiscent of a bottled Frappuccino. We also appreciated the whole-food ingredient list, featuring fair-trade coffee, maple syrup, red beet juice, kale and flaxseed oil. High in protein and fiber, it makes a nutrient-rich meal replacement.
Bobo’s Oat Bars Maple Pecan
Made with gluten-free rolled oats, pecans and natural maple extract, this chewy,
moist bar makes excellent ride fuel or a filling snack. The baked bars have a pleasant texture from the pecans as well as a mild maple sweetness. $2.99, Bobosoatbars.com