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Star Anise Infused Maple Syrup

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Runamok Maple produces some of the best maple syrup we've ever had, and we've been working on this collaboration for over a year.

Our Smoked Star Anise gives this syrup a rich licorice flavor with hints of smoke and citrus. It's great in herbal teas and flan, and on hot oatmeal. It's also a great addition to Southeast Asian cuisine, where anise and a sweetener like palm sugar are common ingredients.

  • Origin: Vermont, USA
  • Process: Maple trees are tapped; their syrup is concentrated, then infused with spices
  • Ingredients: Organic maple syrup infused with Smoked Star Anise



Eric and Laura are the husband-and-wife team that started Runamok Maple in Vermont over a decade ago. It all starts in the forest of maple trees (called a sugarbush!) that are tapped for their sap. The sap is then concentrated into maple syrup in their sugar house (also called a sugar sack or sugar shanty).

Runamok Maple is certified organic by the Northeastern Organic Farmers Association and Bird Friendly by the National Audubon Society. The sugarbush also makes excellent homes for migratory birds, as well as indigenous wildlife.

Want to know how the maple is made?

Maintaining a productive sugarbush requires a lot of hands-on, manual labor. The process starts in mid-winter, when the trees are tapped by drilling a small hole in the trunk of a sugar or red maple and inserting a spout. When spring finally arrives and the temperature rises above freezing during the day, the sap starts to run. It comes out as a slow drip from the tap and flows into tubing that is connected to a network that runs throughout the forest, ending in tanks. The entire network is on a vacuum system to keep the sap flowing. Each year is a guessing game as to how long the sap will run. It may go on and off for ten weeks, or it could run for just a few days before the weather warms up too much and the season comes to an abrupt end.

Once the sap comes into the sugarhouse, it is concentrated through a reverse osmosis machine and boiled down to syrup. The boiling process is intense and the hours are long. When there are roughly six weeks to make a year’s worth of product, there is no stopping and starting mid-run to catch some sleep. It’s an art of endurance and on-the-job problem-solving. Once the syrup has reached the proper concentration, it is filtered and stored in barrels, where it's ready to get infused with spices!

Serving size: 2 tbsp (30 ml)
About 8 servings per container

Amount per serving:

Calories 110 cal
Total fat
0 g
5 mg
Total Carbs
27 g
 - Total Sugars
24 g
Protein 0 g


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