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About a month ago we learned in the blue that a large amount of maple syrup had been stolen from a Quebec warehouse. Yesterday, the RCMP seized a large amount of maple syrup from an export company in New Brunswick. The export company's owner claims that he purchased the syrup from one of his regular suppliers. The recovered syrup was escorted to parts unknown in Quebec by provincial police cars. As the Chicago Tribune notes, "Plot thickens as Quebec police seize cache of maple syrup" ...
posted by anaphoric (57 comments total) 11 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Plot thickens as Quebec police seize cache of maple syrup"

I see what they did there.
posted by Greg_Ace at 3:15 PM on October 4, 2012 [11 favorites]


A welcome distraction for Canada's pizza cheese smugglers, I'm sure.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:15 PM on October 4, 2012 [5 favorites]


This is why I buy my maple syrup from Mike down the road from me.
posted by Marie Mon Dieu at 3:17 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


They may have tapped into something larger here...
posted by Kabanos at 3:19 PM on October 4, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'm like so totally looking forward to the Dan Brown novel.
posted by sammyo at 3:21 PM on October 4, 2012 [5 favorites]


I'm sure the RCMP snuck up on this guy syrup-titiously.
posted by Floydd at 3:23 PM on October 4, 2012 [32 favorites]


The love sugar shack is a little ol' place where ...
posted by zippy at 3:24 PM on October 4, 2012


What a sticky situation.
posted by nathancaswell at 3:25 PM on October 4, 2012


I'm still amazed that people would bother to steal syrup. Unless there's something about maple futures I don't know about?
posted by lineofsight at 3:28 PM on October 4, 2012


At least Canada's long national nightmare has been solved.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 3:30 PM on October 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


Blood is thick, but syrup is thicker. Think about it.
-Aunt Jemima
posted by Evstar at 3:35 PM on October 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


Damn it! The one time I don't bring my Canadian Joke Generator with me..
posted by mediocre at 3:38 PM on October 4, 2012


The green bastard, parts unknown!

/bubbles
posted by Divine_Wino at 3:44 PM on October 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


The sweet taste of justice.
posted by notme at 3:54 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's Canadian Joke Generatour, mediocre.
posted by ODiV at 4:03 PM on October 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


Meanwhile, at the Montpelier Mercantile Exchange, syrup futures just crashed.
posted by tommasz at 4:06 PM on October 4, 2012


Now that this crisis is over, we can work on salvaging the NHL season.
posted by ceribus peribus at 4:15 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Informal poll: how many of you pronounce it suhrup, and how many say seerup?
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:16 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Is brilliant plan, but how will help rid world of moose and squirrel?
posted by sourcequench at 4:16 PM on October 4, 2012 [6 favorites]


No, sourcequench, that was obviously a Snidely Whiplash plot, foiled by the brilliant work of Dudley Do-Right.....'s horse.
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:20 PM on October 4, 2012 [5 favorites]


What it all boils down to is the exporter sounds like a real sap.
posted by Killick at 4:20 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'll bet at least one detective assigned to the case said "IHOP right onto it!"
posted by oneswellfoop at 4:22 PM on October 4, 2012


I'm still amazed that people would bother to steal syrup.

Really? It's obviously because that stuff is delicious.
posted by axiom at 4:30 PM on October 4, 2012


flapjax(heh) : The French pronounce it sirop, while les Anglophones say syrup.
posted by ceribus peribus at 4:33 PM on October 4, 2012




In other Canadian news, "a Lethbridge man is cleared of running a huge grow-up when 1,624 plants seized by police proved to be daisies."
posted by bicyclefish at 4:55 PM on October 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'll bet at least one detective assigned to the case said "IHOP right onto it!"

Fun fact: the IHOP in Vermont is the only one in the US to serve real maple syrup. It was also the last state in the US to even have an IHOP.
posted by jessamyn at 5:17 PM on October 4, 2012 [6 favorites]


Sounds like the work of the Bandit if you ask me. Heck, I'll bet he's truckin' that sweet haul eastbound and down to Big Enos' Pancake Festival right now.
posted by nowhere man at 5:29 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


For once, we leaf it to the authorities, and they came through!

Informal poll: how many of you pronounce it suhrup, and how many say seerup?
I say neither: sir-up.
posted by smirkette at 5:30 PM on October 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


I say neither: sir-up.

That's what I meant by "suhrup", actually. I'm from Alabama, see, so it's pretty much the same thing! Ha! But, yeah, your "sir-up" is probably a better spelling to give the pronunciation I'm talking about.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:41 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


S'rup Brah?
posted by mannequito at 6:00 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


It was also the last state in the US to even have an IHOP.

I was about 87% sure that the IHOP near me in Santa Monica still existed, so I checked their website, and there are 23 of them in the greater LA area.

Is there something urgent I need to know about which country I live in??
posted by flaterik at 6:01 PM on October 4, 2012


I don't know what ya'll say, but when I eat my flapjacks, it's slurrrup!


Both said their firm was being scapegoated because they have often clashed in the past with the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers.

This is what happens when you don't adhere to the rules. It's a tacky situation, and now they're in a jam.

Tomorrow I will raise my fork high over my waffle in salute to the RCMP.

As for the idiots that pulled up the daisies thinking they were pot.... But hey, the guy only had them on his lawn for a decade, and they don't even look close to pot. Anybody could make that mistake, amirite?
posted by BlueHorse at 6:04 PM on October 4, 2012


"Plot thickens as Quebec police seize cache of maple syrup"

I see what they did there,
eh?

FTFY.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 6:06 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Y'awnt sum sirp on'at?
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:07 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'm surprised they didn't just cook the stuff down to make maple sugar. It would have been easier to store and hide. And besides, syrup is lovely and everything but maple sugar is one step beyond. One big, sweet, sugary step beyond.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:16 PM on October 4, 2012


One of the tropes of the novel Out! The Vermont Secession Book was the use of maple syrup as the gold standard behind an independent Vermont's currency.

Fun book.
posted by BWA at 6:21 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


I soooooo want to know the full story behind this.
posted by ph00dz at 6:26 PM on October 4, 2012


First it was the syrup thieves, then it was the cheese-smuggling cops. Canada is falling apart!
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 6:48 PM on October 4, 2012


Roses are red
Violets are purple
Sugar is sweet
And so is maple slurple
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:57 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Obviously, some Canadian super-villain is about to top the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, with maple syrup!
posted by mubba at 7:08 PM on October 4, 2012


I fuckin' love you guys, I really do.
posted by Divine_Wino at 7:13 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thank goodness, I can take my syrup out from it's hiding place under my grow op of daisies.
posted by arcticseal at 7:21 PM on October 4, 2012 [1 favorite]


Syrup this time, last time it was vegetable shortening. They had to have an enormous audit of all their food stocks... you must have heard about it... The Count of Mountie Crisco?
posted by ubiquity at 8:34 PM on October 4, 2012 [4 favorites]


The shit leaves are falling from the shit maple.
posted by dirigibleman at 8:44 PM on October 4, 2012 [3 favorites]


Jessamyn we got IHOP's in Texas so I am guessing I don't get your joke. They are not like the IHOP's of my youth, more like a faux-Denny's so maybe you got an oltimey IHOP's in Vermont?

(The thing with the IHOP when I was a kid was they had a carousel tray on the table with thirty different flavors of pancake syrup. And the menu had thirty styles pancakes. So you could eat there 900 days in a row and have something sort of different every day. I haven't seen that since I was a kid.)
posted by bukvich at 9:17 PM on October 4, 2012


Jessamyn we got IHOP's in Texas so I am guessing I don't get your joke.

I may have said it wrong. There are two interesting things about IHOP and Vermont

1. All other IHOPs serve fake, non-maple syrup
2. Vermont was the 50th state in the US to get an IHOP because of #1 and the wrangling they needed to do to get it to happen
posted by jessamyn at 9:20 PM on October 4, 2012 [2 favorites]


D'oh!
posted by bukvich at 9:21 PM on October 4, 2012


Is it illegal to sell "maple syrup" in Vermont, or is its consumption just frowned upon as it is by all good people everywhere?
posted by wierdo at 9:23 PM on October 4, 2012


IHOP hasn't really made it to Canada, just a few in BC, and two in Niagara Falls, ON.
posted by eviemath at 11:13 PM on October 4, 2012


Pancakes.
posted by Skygazer at 12:38 AM on October 5, 2012


IHOP in Vermont, previously
posted by Pruitt-Igoe at 1:06 AM on October 5, 2012


You know, sometimes you folks are seriously rude and insensitive. Maple Syrup isn't some jokey ketchup kind of crap. It's very serious, natural, sweet, tasty, goodness! One would think it was some manufactured sugar gloop being discussed here.

I know from decades of investigation and experience, most American folks have never even tasted real maple syrup. It was about 30 years ago I tried it myself, and discovered it took a fraction of this real thing, compared to Mrs. Butterworth's, to satisfy a pancake. w00t! Never looked back. It's the only thing I'll use.

I've only this year discovered that the syrup is routinely sold in Quebec in cans, like soup, rather than bottles. That's wonderful, as it makes it worlds easier to bring home in a suitcase! LOL! Also easier to have shipped. :-) Oh, and the best part: darker qualities are available than are easy to find elsewhere. Dark = more flavor. Light = more sugar. Just so you know.

So far, the best I've found is Beaurivage, medium. From St. Sylvestre, Quebec.
posted by Goofyy at 2:49 AM on October 5, 2012


I have a confession to make. I'm not all that crazy about maple syrup. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad the Mounties got their man...or whatever...but maple flavor is only good in one form. Maple Bars. Yep. And now that I've stopped eating carbs there will be no Maple bars, no maple sugar and not much maple syrup in my future.

I still have a can of syrup in the cupboard, though. Every once in a while I come across a recipe that needs a tablespoon or two.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 5:52 AM on October 5, 2012


Savoir-Faire is everywhere!
posted by sourwookie at 6:59 AM on October 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Syrup, sirrah!
posted by Jahaza at 8:07 AM on October 5, 2012


Fuckin' Maple Syrup thieves. Where do they get off, eh??
posted by Skygazer at 8:52 AM on October 5, 2012


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