Some friends of mine were raving about this the other day and it piqued my interest. I guess they came across it at a small shop in Maine where specialty local spices and jams are sold. You know the shop. New England is famous for them. Similar to general stores, they are independently owned shops that look like cabins and sell fancy bars of soap, rock candy, apple mango rhubarb chutney, and carved wooden wall hangings. I have spent multiple hours and multiple dollars at these shops while vacationing with my family in New Hampshire. A few years ago I couldn’t help but buy three or four jams, some pickled veggies, and gourmet salsas to pass off to my friends as “gifts.” Most of them were not terribly surprised to find that immediately upon giving them the gift, I told them to open it up and give me a bite. That is the name of this blog, after all.
The combination of maple and pepper never really crossed my mind I’m embarrassed to say, but now that I’ve learned of it, I can’t move on until I’ve had some.
According to their website, Maple Pepper is a “combination of pure maple sugar and fresh ground pepper.” You can use it on fish or chicken or even on popcorn or fresh fruit, as the website suggests. My friends swore by sprinkling it on baked sweet potatoes. I bet it would be good on salads too. They also offer garlic and habanero versions. They run about six bucks apiece and I think I’m going to go ahead and order them all. The curiosity is just too much to handle. I’ll let you know how it fares.