Even though the story was pretty old by the time "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" got to the Quebec maple syrup heist, the show still found plenty of laughs.
The heist reportedly contained 18 million pounds of maple syrup. Tim Shufelt of Canadian Business magazine said the value of a barrel of maple syrup is worth almost 20x the cost a barrel of crude oil.
Really expensive pancakes.
Jason Jones, a proud Canadian, treated maple syrup as if it were part of a "Canadian drug war."
You should watch the segment just for Jones' trip to Montréal's Le Gros Jambon diner. I was surprised that Jones specifically showed this place, though the restaurant is on my list for my next Montréal trip.
One older guy in the diner told Jones he puts maple syrup on his ice cream. Too much sugar, but that does sound good.
Maple syrup, like honey, can serve as a nice alternative to sugar, especially when using less of it (3 parts instead of 4 parts) gives you more flavor with fewer calories. Next time, someone tries to push maple syrup on you, proceed with caution but go for it.
Simon Trepanier, head of the Quebec maple syrup producers, recommends a bit of maple syrup in your coffee or tea before you go to bed.