Tom is the waffle maker in the house. He likes to make them as a treat on Sunday mornings.
And we like to use real maple syrup, preferably New York state syrup.
Highland Sugarworks (Vermont) is a very good brand sold at Wegman's. Or you can find New York State syrup at most of the farmers markets these days. This Spring I bought some from a guy in my ceramics class who taps his own maple trees.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Spring came early this year so he brought his syrup to class in early March. Maple syrup is made when the sap of maple trees begins to run, during the Spring thaw. Freezing nights and warmer days turn starch stored in the tree roots into sugar and start it circulating through the tree to fuel spring growth.
Many people say that real maple syrup is too expensive at $1/ounce. And some people just don't have access to it, or never grew up on it, so they acquired a taste for Mrs. Butterworth's-style pancake syrup. Pancake syrup is basically maple-flavored corn syrup, so the cost is much lower, more like $.20/ounce.
I won't pass judgment on which is better tasting or better for you. I will just pass along this information: