This thought occurred to me when we were driving home from Berkeley Springs this weekend:
Can you get maple syrup outside North America?
In other words, do other countries beyond the US and Canada have sugar maple trees and produce maple syrup or is it always an import or is it not imported at all? Do you have real maple syrup, or do you only have pancake syrup made with sugar or corn syrup?
It literally occurred to me that I've never noticed it when traveling because I've never eaten anything that would necessitate using maple syrup while traveling.
And what about root beer?
I asked this a year or two ago and received only a few answers so I'll try again. A camp counselor once told me that if you haven't had root beer by a certain age, it is a taste that you can never enjoy. Why? I'm not entirely what the scientific process is behind this possible-fact. But it was his explanation for why non-Americans rarely like root beer--because it is a drink pretty much only found in the US and therefore, most non-Americans do not encounter it until they are beyond the magical age line. Is this true?
There actually is a point in wondering what you can't get outside the US.
What products have you wondered about in terms of foods you associate with your own country? I'll tell you if we can find it here.
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