Maple products hold no secrets for us, so here you will find answers to the most commonly asked questions.

Can i give my children maple flakes?

Yes, maple flakes are a delicious way for the entire family to sweeten things up! Unlike honey (which shouldn’t be given to children under the age of 12 months) and artificial sweeteners, maple flakes are a completely safe and natural sweetener for all ages.

Do your products contain allergens?

Decacer uses one single ingredient: 100% pure maple syrup. Moreover, it is strictly forbidden to bring food into production areas and all producers who supply our syrup are required to certify by contract that their syrup is allergen-free. However, Decacer products are not certified “allergen-free” and we do not test finished products.

Are maple flakes diet-friendly?

With only 5 calories per teaspoon, important minerals, and lots of crunchy, flavourful character, there’s no doubt that maple flakes are a healthful way to sweeten things up. Maple flakes can actually make your favourite foods more diet-friendly and that’s what makes these flakes so special. Creating lower calorie, lower fat versions of your favourite sauces and glazes, snacks, breakfast classics and even desserts is simple and delicious with maple flakes.

What is manganese? Do I need it in my diet?

Manganese may be a little mineral, but it packs some big health benefits! Manganese helps your body make use of the carbohydrates and protein in the foods you eat. It also helps keep your bones strong and healthy. Experts recommend that manganese come from our diets rather than supplements. Just one tablespoon of maple flakes provides 15% of your daily value of this important nutrient.

How are maple flakes made?

Step 1: Dehydration

We dehydrate maple syrup in a vacuum room at a relatively low temperature. This produces a very dry product that will not cake over time, preserves a delicate maple taste, and displays an extra-crisp texture.

Step 2: Sifting and grinding

Next, flakes are ground and sifted to obtain desired particle size, 0-2 mm for sugar and 2-7 mm for flakes.

Step 3: Bagging

The product is finally packed in different formats. Each package is identified by a batch number for tracking purposes.

How is maple syrup graded?

Canadian grading system divides maple syrup into two different categories: grade A and food processing grade. Bottled and canned maple syrups are all grade A, while processing grade syrups are used only as an ingredient in the production industry and cannot be sold in stores. Grade A maple syrup must be clear, have no objectionable odour or taste and must show a characteristic maple flavour.

Grade A maple syrups are divided into 4 colours with taste descriptors: golden with delicate taste, amber with rich taste, dark with robust taste, and very dark with strong taste. The colour is expressed in terms of % of light transmittance and is measured with an instrument called a spectrophotometer. Generally speaking, the lighter the colour grade, the more delicate the flavour and the darker the colour grade, the stronger the taste.

The colour of maple syrup depends on when it was produced during the season, there is no addition of colouring or change in the manufacturing process. The composition of maple sap changes due to warming temperatures during the same season of harvest: at the beginning, we get light syrup, while at the end, the syrup becomes darker.

Click on the link to discover a wealth of information on each maple grade including flavours and recommended uses.

Questions or comments

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