Benito’s Chipotle Infused Vermont Maple Syrup

We received a nice surprise in the mail recently; a bottle of Benito’s Chipotle Infused Vermont Maple Syrup.

benitos chipotle infused vermont maple syrup

When we first unwrapped the bottle, we thought, “Hmm, we’re not really crazy about heat with our sweet, but we love maple syrup”, so we decided to give it a try. The first taste was a warm, smokey sweetness, with a nice heat that lingered for just a moment.

The first words out of my mouth were “I see pancakes and sausage in my future!”

benitos on pancakes

This morning, we cooked up sausage patties (we used a mild version so we wouldn’t affect the heat level of the syrup) and pancakes. With just a light drizzle on the pancakes, we were brought back to sitting by the campfire eating pancakes and sausage cooked over the flames. Smokey, sweet, with a nice mellow heat filling my mouth, I wound up dunking the pancakes into a bowl of the syrup. It was so good, I had to sit right down and write this review.

As you can see from the photos, this is a thin syrup, with a lovely amber color. According to the label, Ol’ Benito smoked the peppers himself:

“The pure maple syrup in this product was harvested by old-school Vermont sugarmakers in Jeffersonville, VT. It has been combined with the essence of organic smoked jalapenos grown with love at Foote Brook Farm in Johnson, VT. I smoked the jalapenos myself with a mixture of half hickory, half mesquite wood. It has a unique hearty smokiness, with a subtle heat. it goes well with any kind of bbq, chicken, pork or beef, sweet potatoes, vanilla ice cream, and breakfast sandwiches.”

Final impression:

WINNER! Perfect blend of sweet, smoke and heat. Rated 5 out of 5 Stars

Ingredients:

VT Maple Syrup, organic chipotle peppers.

You can find this and Benito’s other sauces over at BenitosHotSauce.com
And check out his 1st Place Scovie 2011 award winning Vermont Maple Chipotle Dry Rub

Comments

  1. Nice write up. I’m working on my review of it today as well, lol. What a coincidence!

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to review my product. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I’m super psyched that you gave it 5 stars!!! Thanks again. – Ol’ Benito

    • Yea Ben, Marilyn loved it. I really liked it on my sausages and was surprised at how good it was. Kudos to you for coming up with a smoky sweet syrup!
      ~brian

  3. I can’t imagine using this on pancakes. But my first thought was I use maple syrup in my poultry brine, this would probably rock used in that way.

    • Chris, to tell you the truth, I was a little wary of using it on pancakes until I smelled and tasted it. The smokey aspect is fairly light, and it’s still nice and sweet. Seriously, if you’ve ever had pancakes cooked in a cast iron pan over a campfire, this will definitely remind you of that!

      The label recommends it be used for chicken, pork, etc., so I’m sure it would be great in your poultry brine!

    • I’d love to see your poultry brine recipe.

  4. Ol’ Benito’s the man. He really needs to get his butt out of New England and do some major hot sauce shows to get him some more exposure.;-)

  5. I’m pretty sure he has a Habanero version of his syrup. I think I read about it on another blog. This inspired me to add habanero sauce to syrup and put it on pancakes. It was awesome. I’m not really into chipotle much.

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