Wisconsin Settlers Enjoyed Imitation Maple Syrup

Woman recalls recipe to make imitation maple syrup from corncobs and brown sugar.


| Good Old Days



Early Norwegian settlers living in log cabins in Wisconsin used this recipe for imitation maple syrup. It tasted just grand on a stack of pancakes on a real cold winter morning, and still does. We know because we still make it when we are able to get the corncobs.

"Boil one dozen clean corncobs (red ones are best) from one to two hours in enough water to leave one pint of liquid when done. Then strain and add two pounds brown sugar. Boil as long as you wish as some prefer a thick syrup and others prefer a thin syrup."

Mrs. I.O. Daley
Parker, Colorado


Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then CAPPER’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from CAPPER’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 





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