Maple Syrup and Birthday Cupcakes

This past weekend a good friend from high school was visiting Boston. K had a conference here last week and stayed to hang out this weekend. On top of hanging out with friends, Butler made it to the Final Four! K went to Butler and is the president of his local alumni club!


On Saturday we decided to partake in some local fun by heading up to New Hampshire to go to a maple house where they boil maple syrup. We had beautiful weather on Saturday. It was a bit chilly but sunny and not a cloud in the sky. After arriving at the Grant Family Maple House, we had some food and got in line to learn all about how maple syrup is made.


What we learned is that the sap from the trees has about 2-3% sugar in it straight from the tree. At that percentage, it would take 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of maple syrup!! So they first condense the sap until it reaches about 8% sugar. The sap is then boiled to evaporate off the water.


Once the temperature reads 7 degrees above the boiling point of water, you have syrup! The guy in the maple house even explained how they use a baraometer on the wall to get the barometric pressure so they know the exact boiling temperature of water for that given day. It was all very scientific and extremely interesting.


The small bottles of maple syrup were a sample from each batch they had made at the maple house this season. The guy explained that as the season goes on, the syrup tends to get darker due to the change in the amount of sugar in the sap.


Of course, we had to get some maple products while we were there. Obviously, maple syrup. We also got some maple candies, some maple sugar, and some maple pepper. Can’t wait to find creative ways to use the sugar and pepper. If anyone has suggestions, please let me know!


Also, since K’s birthday was last week, I made him some cupcakes to celebrate. I went with my go-to chocolate cupcake recipe. I love that you can whip these up by dirtying only one bowl and using a whisk! I dipped them in some ganache and topped with festive sprinkles. Aren’t they pretty?

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9 Responses to “Death by chocolate (Oreo Truffles)”

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    Katie — November 6, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Wow! THey turned out great! 🙂

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    Michelle — November 6, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Oh I love the idea of using condensed milk. I was trying to figure out how I could use these for holiday tins with the need for refrigeration, and this is the answer!

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    Deborah — November 6, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    I have seen these pop up on a few blogs, and I am dying to make them!!

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    Elle — November 20, 2007 at 5:21 am

    Neat way to make candies from cookie…they look divine.

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    Chris — November 26, 2007 at 3:22 am

    Hi! I just found that you linked to me. These truffles are always a huge hit. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed these… Especially from a fellow Bostonian!

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    s.j.simon — November 29, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

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    Martha — December 16, 2007 at 5:23 pm

    I made batches and batches of these last year – I absolutely love the idea of the condensed milk, so they don’t have to be refrigerated. I’ll have to try that!

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    Tanya — September 17, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    I can not wait to try these! I’m not so good at baking though. Can you give me a tip on how best to dip them in the chocolate? Should I put them on a spoon? Help!

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    debby — September 12, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    How much 1 pack oreo?
    24 oreo or 36 oreo?
    Thank you.

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