Hubbers Against Maple Syrup (HAMS)

Spawn of the maple tree, be gone!

I know I can't be the only one. Even though I have never in my life met anyone else who hates maple syrup, I must believe that I'm not alone. Perhaps somewhere in the HubPages community live my true brothers and sisters?

How it all began

I grew up eating a very steady, nutritious diet of oat or rice cereal with milk for breakfast. No sugary cereals, no fancy hot meals, no bagels or donuts, just a bowl of crunchies. A banana or strawberries cut on top was pretty exotic. My morning routine was quick and easy, and didn't smell like anything at all.

The first time I remember having breakfast outside my home was the morning after my first sleepover party. We had stayed up late the night before in my friend's basement, playing "Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board," telling ghost stories, eating candy, drinking soda, and having a good old time. In the morning, I and all my jammied girlfriends stumbled upstairs to the kitchen, experiencing our own brand of kiddie hangovers. My friend's mother was frying something at the stove.

"Pancakes! Pancakes!" my friends cried as we settled around the kitchen table. I had never heard this word before. Before I could finish the thought of "What is a pancake?", plates of the things were before us all.

Then it happened. There was a sickly, sticky-sweet smell in the air, that grew stronger and stronger. I realized the smell was coming from a dark brown substance oozing out of a bottle shaped like a woman (?!?!) and onto everyone's plates. Gobs of it. Rivers of it. Oceans of it! My friends were eating it! ARGH!

I don't think I threw up, but I may have blacked out and forgotten that part. The smell, and the feelings of sickness and shock that ran through me, will haunt me until I die.

Growing up in fear

I spent the remainder of my school days living in fear of this thing called "maple syrup". Even the thought of it could turn my stomach, and somehow, I managed to transfer my aversion to maple syrup's cousins, honey and molasses.

I avoided diners and pancake houses like the plague. Just to be on the safe side, I discounted not only pancakes, but waffles, omelettes, breakfast sausages, crepes, and hash browns without ever trying them. They were, in my mind, all tainted by association. There were no maple or home-made candies I would touch. No honey got within 10 feet of my tea. I would have sworn off ginger snap cookies if anyone had told me they were made with molasses.

College changes everything... almost

Thank goodness for college, and for the wonderful, supportive friends I met there. They didn't get me over my maple syrup phobia, but they did let me know that you don't have to put maple syrup on hot breakfast food. I was 18 years old, and the thought had never even crossed my mind. Sheesh.

Oh, the freedom of waffles with strawberries and whipped cream! On Sundays, the dining hall staff would make you an omelet with anything you wanted in it, and nothing you didn't! Oh, choice! It made me brave. It made me creative. And in my creativity, I found the method of my revenge.

Cheesy-egg pancake surprise

I am a strong, confident, independent woman now. I can walk right into a pancake house and sit down in front of my table's syrup trolley without a second thought. I can do this, because I have a secret weapon against the people next to me slathering their defenseless breakfasts with the evil spawn of the maple tree. It's called cheesy-egg pancake surprise, and in my humble opinion, it's the best breakfast there is. The only requirement for this method of revenge is that you need to love ketchup as much as you hate syrup. If you do, read on. If you don't, please don't hate me for what I'm about to relate.

Order up a nice stack of pancakes, scrambled eggs with cheese, and some sausage. When the food arrives, spread the butter on the pancakes, or scrape if off, depending on how decadent you feel. Slice all the pancakes into bite-sized pieces, then do the same for the eggs and the sausage. Dump everything together and mix thoroughly.

Now here comes the revenge part. Make eye contact with the syrup-slatherer you wish to gross out. They're probably already watching you with some trepidation. Grab your table's ketchup bottle, give it a good shake, and squeeze ketchup aaaaall over the pile on your plate. Show your enjoyment of this activity by catching the last drip of ketchup with your finger and licking it off. Then dig in, and relish in the cheesy, eggy, sweet goodness of your creation.

Your syrupy audience will (hopefully) be shocked by your unorthodox use of condiments, and you will be strong in the knowledge that you have a breakfast habit that weirds people out as much as you're weirded out by syrup. And even if nobody notices, you're still going to have a great meal.

Into the future

I will always hate maple syrup. I don't think I'll let my kids have it, at least not in my presence, because I wouldn't be able to stand them touching me with their sticky fingers. I've relaxed the ban on honey and molasses a little, enough to enjoy honey-mustard sauce and to use molasses to bake, but that's about it.

I have found, through struggle and experimentation, my place in the breakfast-food world. It's a strong place, and a yummy one, but I'm all alone in it. Won't anyone join me as a member of HAMS?

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skatoolaki 8 years ago from Louisiana

Wonderful, good, fun this hub was! I truly enjoyed it and though I am saddened to admit I am not a HAMS-sister, I can certainly appreciate your phobia as I have a similar, unexplained fear and loathing of mayonaise (*blech* **yuck**).

Thanks for the smiles and enjoyable read, and best of luck in living a happy and syrup-free life! ^_^

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kerryg 8 years ago from USA

Hee! 'Fraid I am not a HAMS sister either (though I don't like Mrs. Butterworth's either - all that high fructose corn syrup, yuck - the real thing is vastly superior), but thank you for the laughs!

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Thanks for your support, girls! Glad we all had a chuckle over this.

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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Good one, annemaeve. Next breakfast we have out together, I'm ordering pancakes and I'm going to drown them in maple syrup. I think I've earned that privilege!

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Yum  i just had breakfast but I can smell the syrup from your hub.  I'm not a fan of maple syrup, preferriing fruity ones....however, I did eat maple flavored sausage links and loved that.   still  maple syrup smells better than it tastes and draws me near the table where  I manage to scarf down other food...

good write. annemaeve!  I picture us all around a table...yakkin'  the hub table.  ha   marisue

I would have to say I'm a HAMS by choice.

Sally's trove, I seem to follow you and Trish around with your comments. I figure if you've read the article I might as well also. ha

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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

marisue, I noticed that too. And it goes the other way. I know I'm following you and Trish around, and annemaeve, as well!

Well, annemaeve, looks like you got your first HAMS-sister.

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Yeay, I have a sister!  I love the idea of sitting around Hub table.  With everyone's excellent recipes, we'd never be able to stand up again...

Marisue, you can I can be at the end of the table farthest from the syrup containers, and I'll just pretend your fruit syrup is ketchup!

Sally, you can drown your pancakes in whatever you want. I'll be at the table on the other side of the restaurant, waving. :P

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trish1048 8 years ago

LOL you gals crack me up! Anne, you had me with the pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and cheese, even the ketchup! However, you lost me when you said mix ALL together,,,,,ugh! Yes, I know it all goes to the same place, but somehow the mixing of it, welllllll,,,,guess maybe I shouldn't knock it till I try it, right? :)

So, please Anne, just consider me 'half' a HAMS sister LOL

Growing up the only way I could eat eggs was scrambled with ketchup. I have since graduated to eggs all ways (except poached, ugh), and I rarely use ketchup on my eggs, even though I enjoy the taste.

Yes, it seems we 3 have become a sisterhood of some sort,,,wasn't there a movie with the same or similar name? Might just have to watch it. It would be very neat if we all could meet and do just that! Go out for a HUGE breakfast, then take in a movie :)

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Sounds like a plan, Trish. I promise it's good, I promise! I think I have an obsession with mixing. If all the bites of my salad, taco, burger, soup, whatever, don't all taste the same, it confuses me. I guess I'm easily confused! :P

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trish1048 8 years ago

Anne? I think the point of having different things on your plate is that you can know what each tastes like, and enjoy the merits of each. but who am I to preach? lol

Whatever floats your boat sweetie!

ly, Patty

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Rob Jundt 8 years ago from Midwest USA

Very funny! My wife could be a charter member of your club.

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

I think we've started something....hmmmm  a virtual hub table....sounds like its going to get interesting around here!  Here's to sister hubbers everywhere. 

My mother was very careful as a sighted person, to not let her food touch each other on her plate.  When she lost her eyesight at 39, (I was 11) we kept the habit for her out of respect.  I would fill her plate like a clock -- meat at 6, veggies at 3, potatoes at 12, (bread at 11 -- teasing...) and I would always include the remark...."None of it's touching, Mom."  'course, once a blind person get's thru with their plate...the no touching rule sorta goes out the window...but we never mentioned that to her.   ahhh   food hang ups,  ha   guess we've all got them, yes?   More examples tho as in my "getting kids to eat right" post -- of not forcing kids to eat things...even us grown ups are picky, yes? 

lator, gator....Marisue

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Blogger Mom 8 years ago from Northeast, US

Funny hub! The only problem is that the sticky stuff oozing out of the bottle shaped like a woman is not maple syrup - it's, um, breakfast syrup? I don't even know what they call it, but it's not from a maple tree. LOL!

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Zsuzsy Bee 8 years ago from Ontario/Canada

You haven't had maple syrup until you've tasted the champaign of maple syrups from Quebec  here in Canada. A couple of drops on a made from scatch pancake or waffle...yum-yum-yum. It's a shame you're missing out on so much good.

I enjoyed your fun hub sister here

regards Zsuzsy

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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Zsu, there are pockets of great maple syrup production, and I know Quebec is one.  Another, not so well known is Ohio.  I happen to love maple syrup. But I'd be up for a bout of slinging foodstuffs around the virtual table.

Apparently, maple syrup brings back all kinds of memories.  Love this thread! 

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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Very funny hub!! I love breakfast foods, but tend to be on the side of omelettes and hashbrowns, and not sweet pancakes or waffles. But its probably because I'm diabetic... not because of syrup phobia. (great comments too.. BTW!!)

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Rhym O'Reison 8 years ago from Crowley, Tx

I do not like this club called HAMS. I will not join for Trish or Anne. I will not join although a fan. I do not like this club called HAMS.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. I loved this hub, but I love maple syrup more I guess. I am not opposed to the ketchup idea either, but nothing is better (to me) than a big fluffy stack of pancakes smothered in butter and syrup!

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marisuewrites 8 years ago from USA

Gee, I think I've gained 5 pounds just reading this stuff....eeek!  

for those worried about ad on the page sent me to sugar free maple syrup...the real deal.


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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

I love it here.

Marisue, I like your habit with your mother, it's beautiful. I really enjoyed reading your hub about getting kids to eat right! I guess I didn't realize that the adds on this hub would endorse the very thing I most fear... twisted! :P

Blogger Mom, I suspected that the plastic bottle lady wasn't the best quality, but she's got no mapleage in her at all? Interesting. I can't say that I'd hate the high quality stuff less than the fake stuff, since technically, I've never gotten past the smell to taste any of them...

Zsuzsy, I know I'm missing out on something that people love so much. But really, I'm doing you a favor, because now there's more for you! I remember in elementary school we went on a field trip to a maple syrup farm in Pennsylvania. It was October, the weather was crisp and perfect, and I liked the metal buckets hanging on the trees, as long as I didn't get too close to them.

Steph, thanks for your kind words. I'm experimenting with sugar-free oatmeal cookies for a friend of mine, and if I can make the recipe fantastic, I'll share it here!

Rhym, you are too, too much. My mom and I were talking hubbage last night, and she reminded me that my dad used to make "green eggs" by putting herbs into scrambled eggs. He never did anything with ham, though. I respect your choice of syrup. I'll just hide while you and all our syrupy friends enjoy yourselves!

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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

LOL Funny hub! But I must admit, I am not a HAMS sister, either. In fact, I absolutely LOVE even the smell of it! I burn Maple Scented melts in my house and all I can think about is smothering a plate of pancakes or waffles with its rich goodness! I know that probably grossed you out. Sorry. It is a very vivid subject LOL. Great hub!


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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Ohhh all those word-picture smells... but what's life without a little adversity? Thanks so much for the comment, Bonnie.

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Sapristi! 8 years ago

I definitely understand where you're coming from. Pure maple syrup is offensive. I lived in Canada for many years and always felt like an outsider looking in when friends would take us to what they call "sugar shacks" - little touristy restaurants near the maple groves that serve EVERYTHING drowned in syrup. It always failed to impress me.

However, I'm not a HAMS because I gotta have my Aunt Jemima on pancakes. She knows how to do maple better than the trees.

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In The Doghouse 8 years ago from California


No sister here girl, at least not in that area. The sweeter the better for breakfast I must say. The only thing better than syrup on your pancakes and french toast is lots of melted butter and brown sugar! Ketchup for breakfast you say? Not on your life, my stomach would simply revolt! Wow, maybe I will make pancakes for dinner tonight!

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Hi Sapristi!, thanks for sharing! I love how this hub has brought out everyone's passions about breakfast choices.

In The Doghouse, I'll forgive you for loving syrup, because "breakfast-for-dinner" is one of my favorite dinners ever! Mmmmm... have you had a breakfast corn dog? It's like a real corndog, except instead of a hot dog with cornbread, it's a sausage link with pancake batter... and dipped in ketchup...

I'm going to the store. :P

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moonlake 8 years ago from America

Mrs. Butterworth's I love it. Pure home grown maple syrup I hate. We have a yard full of maple trees that we could get pure maple syrup from.

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Hi moonlake, thanks for your comment. Many people who know me know how I appreciate the processed foods (ketchup, salad dressing, frozen pizzas) and can't understand why I don't like the proccessed, sugary goodness of Ladies Butterworth and Jemimah. I don't fully understand it myself sometimes. The brain is truly a magical thing!

jessica 8 years ago

OH MY GOD. I honestly thought I was the only one who actually had a phobia of maple syrup.. my friends/family torture me with it. UGHHHHH. I am glad to not be alone. I honestly hate it more than any other food. It ruined going out to breakfast for me...

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

You are certainly not alone, Jessica! Shame on your family for rubbing in all that sticky yuckiness. You need to find something they find foul to love and enjoy in front of them for revenge...

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gamergirl 8 years ago from Antioch, TN

Maple syrup, and not that Aunt Jemima crap but REAL maple syrup, is actually far less sweet - it has a very distinctive flavor and is meant to be used SPARINGLY. It's an accent, not the meal. Funny hub though!

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Thanks gamergirl, and I respect your appreciation of the true maple syrup. The real stuff is on my *hit list, too, though. :P

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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

I'll join your club. Don't get me wrong, I love maple syrup. Problem is, I'm diabetic. If I can't have it, it must be outlawed!

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Works for us! We're not picky... and we're not sticky, either!

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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA be fair, that crap that comes in a bottle shaped like a woman is NOT maple syrup. It's maple flavored corn syrup and like you...I LOATHED it on my breakfast plate as a kid. Instead I would sprinkle a bit of sugar and butter on my french toast and that worked just fine.

Then...I moved to New Hampshire and had REAL maple syrup. Ohmygod yummy. A big difference!

To this day though...I will NOT ever, ever, ever eat maple flavored corn syrup. I will turn my nose up at it and demand the real stuff or no stuff at all. I guess that makes me a HAMFCS...which is not really as cool as HAMS sounds, but there ya have it.

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Spryte, thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad you appreciate the "real stuff", but it's just not for me. That's how I love my french toast too - lots of butter and powdered sugar! Yum!

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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California

This was just plain hilarious. Not that I mock your suffering, because a high-browed fellow like myself would never sink so low if there was any chance of getting caught. I chuckled all the way through this thing. We all have odd tendencies like that, as has been mentioned. I LOVE maple syrup, myself, but I insist it be heated, and in addition to it, I eat my pancakes and waffles with peanutbutter. Both, together (oh, and butter Mmmmm). Yum. Damn, now I'm hungry.

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Shadesbreath, I'm so glad you were entertained! I have certainly put my weirdness out there for mocking, I don't mind at all. Butter AND peanutbutter together? On anything?? Wow. I'm impressed. Have fun glueing your tongue to the roof of your mouth! 8 years ago

Lynnsie Cain:

I have "Never Met a Maple syrup I like. icccccccckk

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Welcome to HAMS, Lynnsie!

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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

There's absolutely nothing wrong with having your own likes and dislikes for food, annmaeve. Even if it means disliking maple syrup. You sure do have an interesting history with the stuff. A very entertaining hub!

Your fan.


Jennifer 8 years ago

Ha! Having Googled to see if there is a technical term for syrup phobia, I stumbled upon this. Thank goodness I am not the only one :-). The smell, the flavor, the texture, the sight of syrup makes me ill to think about.

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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

How exciting! My hub is the first hit when you google "syrup phobia"! I love technology.

You are certainly among friends here, Jennifer. The closest phobias I could find were: "cibophobia", fear of food; "iophobia", fear of poison; "blennophobia", fear of slime; and "geumaphobia", fear of taste.

I wonder who you write to to get a new phobia named?

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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

So you just looked at it and didn't like it? Hm. I only like the lite kind, otherwise it's just too much sugar!

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annemaeve 7 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Oh, glassvisage! If it had only been visual repulsion, I would have been fine! But the SMELL, and the way it STUCK to everything it touched... *shudders* I'm going to go hide now. Thanks for stopping by!

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OneGypsyTraveler 7 years ago from Grimsley, Tennessee

LOL, That was pretty funny I have to tell ya.

It made me chuckle


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annemaeve 7 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Thanks Su! Glad you liked it. :P

fae 7 years ago

i have an intense fear of syrup. not for the smell, but the stickiness. i look at it and i know it's sticky. i don't want it near me. i'm horribly afraid of getting it on my skin or clothing. i hate syrup.

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annemaeve 7 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Ewww I know! And no matter how much you wash, it just... lingers there... *hides*

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kiwi91 7 years ago from USA

Ah, maple syrup phobia. This is well documented. Stickiness, the sweet smell, the horror of tapping the maple tree, I can see why this haunts so many innocent people.

Seriously, I could drink the stuff or swim in it, I love it. Funny!

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annemaeve 7 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Kiwi, I'm glad you understand and validate our fears, but you're gross! :P

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teendad 7 years ago from Richmond, VA

I love maple syrup, but only the real stuff. No corn syrup for me. I can't imagine a childhood without pancakes and syrup. I do, however, love all egg preparations with ketchup, so I am with you on that one!

Dave 7 years ago

I'm probably going to break a bubble, but ketchup IS sweetened. And worse (IMO), the popular brands are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. I'll take a few drops of (real) maple syrup.

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annemaeve 7 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

That's okay, Dave! I have nothing against sweetner in processed foods. In fact, I prefer processed foods most of the time. There's no illusion of healthy eating in my diet and I like it that way... as long as there's no maple syrup, either!! :)

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NaomiR 7 years ago from New York

I'm afraid I can't join your club because I like syrup (my best friend growing up used to talk to the Mrs. Butterworth bottle!), but this hub made me chuckle. And I do understand how you can hate a food so much because I feel the same way about mayo. I can barely stand to be in the same room with it. I think everyone has a food they feel this way about so your hub was very relatable, even if we don't share a dislike of the same product.

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annemaeve 7 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Hehehe Naomi, thanks for commenting! What if we call it HARF - Hubbers Against Random Foodstuffs? And while I don't share your hatred of mayo, I'll defend to the death your right have that hate!!

Garcia 6 years ago

what's the phobia called? i have a a friend who is terrified of maple and id like to tell her some sort of name for the phobia

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annemaeve 6 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Ooooo I wish I had a real name for it! I love naming things... thanks for reading. Give your friend my good wishes, and tell her to keep fighting the good fight!

Ryan 6 years ago

Oh man! My good fried has this same fear. Only he can eat maple syrup but if it touches his skin he totally loses his mind. I will tell him about HAMS.

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annemaeve 6 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

It's a sad, sad, sticky world sometimes, Ryan.

abe 6 years ago

My maple syrup phobia is more strongly based on my younger siblings. when i was young my mother made pancakes every morning. around the fifth grade a began noticing a sticky substance on my clothes that rubbed against me throughout the day, and grew to become worse with every minute. I have since that time learned to eat maple syrup, it's been 4 years. But I will not allow anyone within ten feet of me if syrup is in the room. I let out my secret at summer camp and was chased with a bottle.

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

anne, good for you, not liking sugary goo. I love the stuff too much and have sworn off waffles because of it. Syrup of any kind is so high in calories. It's evil. But, I can't bring myself to hate it. But I loved the hub!

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annemaeve 6 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Thanks for reading, Dolores! If only everything that was sugary and bad for me was as easy to avoid as maple syrup... :)

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DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

LOL Very funny hub!

Sorry, I am on the opposite side of that fence. I adore maple syrup, although I agree that the supermarket bottled versions [i]are[/i] rather 'much' on the over-sweet syrupy-sticky side.

My true favorite, as the child of New England parents, is REAL maple syrup, as it was originally conceived--pure, unadulterated, boiled-down sap of the maple tree, with no artificial additives or extra sugars. YUM!!! (And very pricey, as well--it is a rare treat!)

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RNMSN 6 years ago from Tucson, Az

sap of a eat...put that way its a wonder all of us are not all annemaeve and your momma are too cool!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this so funny bt want and need much more article/hubs/stuff written to keep up my spirits!! I am going into withdrawal with only these few hubs!! keep writing girl you have a true gift for a wordsmith!! love to you and your momma sallytrove too! Barbara b

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annemaeve 6 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

DzyMsLizzy, thank you for stopping by! Yeah, I've tried both kinds, and they're both... just... wrong for me. :)

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annemaeve 6 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Barbara, you are too sweet! But not in a syruppy sort of way AT ALL.

Thank you so much for your kind words. No, I haven't been writing lots, but at least my momma is being prolific! I have to wait until the spark is lit, so to speak, and all my kindling has been soggy lately.

Have a great day! :)

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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Very funny. I will only eat maple syrup. The real kind not Mrs. Buttersworth

steelersfan 6 years ago

im scared of it too i will not touch it even if its in the bottle your not alone!

rachelle kay 5 years ago

Finally! I'm not the only one!

Gigi Thibodeau 5 years ago

Oh, you're breaking my heart with this hub, even though it's really funny! I love maple syrup so much that I'm writing a hub about it right now. It's maple sugar-production season here in Maine for the next couple of weeks, so all the sugar shacks are open and people are visiting to watch the sap being boiled. It's heaven to me, but I have a feeling you'd really hate it!

I have to say, though, that that stuff that comes out of a Mrs. Butterworth's bottle bears no relation to real maple syrup!!! :)

Great hub!

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deblipp 5 years ago

I'm shocked, so shocked! I thought everyone loved maple syrup.

JC 5 years ago

This post is amazing! When I make instant oatmeal at work (maple syrup flavoured) my peers get totally grossed out by the smell. I could never figure it out...until now! They're HAMS! They hate the smell of maple syrup. Apologies to my co-workers!

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annemaeve 5 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Yeay, converts to HAMS!

Gigi, I'm so sorry that your heart is hurting. It's awesome that you enjoy real syrup so much and I wouldn't dream of depriving you of it, but I'm also REAAAALLY glad that Maine is far, far away from me.

deblipp, not so! :)

JC, I'm sure they'll forgive you. We don't demand great social upheaval, we just want to be heard. And to have the freedom to run away. :)

Carsen Lindorff 5 years ago

I'm 13 and I have hated Syrup all my life, but have successfully steered clear of it. One day my friend found out that I hated syrup and that I hadn't tried it since I was like 4, so he convinced me to try some. Once that taste was in my mouth I knew that I would never forget it. I felt like I was going to throw up. Later my friend got out the syrup bottle to tease me and I totally freaked. This didn't happen before, but now it's like every nerve in my body is screaming at me to run for my life. And it definently doesn't help that I have always hated sticky things. Now everyone knows about my fear and I get teased all the time. When our school's caffateria serves French Toast with Syrup I go and hide in this one place where no one can bother me... I'm super excited to try the Ketchup Treatment though :)

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annemaeve 5 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Fight the good fight, Carson! And I really hope the ketchup treatment works on your so-called friends!!!! :)

Victoria 5 years ago

I am totally a HAMS! Just the smell...ugh. I love jam, buttermilk syrup, LOVE honey. Maple syrup - I can't handle!!! Thanks for bringing us into the light!

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how-to-make 4 years ago from India

Ohh man! you really depressed me with this information. But I like your hub and the way you have written it. I like maple syrup too.

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annemaeve 4 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Victoria, it's been my pleasure!

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annemaeve 4 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

how-to-make, I'm so sorry this was depressing! But I gotta be me... Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

erin 4 years ago

i never met any one with this obsessing disgust as well! i cant stand syrup, it makes me feel ill and lethargic, the worst is small children with overly sweet breath and sticky fingers! EWWWWWW anywho funny i googled this :) thanks

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annemaeve 4 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

I hear you, Erin - Keep the faith! :)

Christophe 4 years ago

One more maple syrup hater here, a French one this time. The thing is nasty, ingesting it makes you feel like your bones are made of crystallized sugar, and your skin is actually a surface of partially solidified caramel, and it softens your flesh, makes your blood sticky, etc. Instant diabetes! Foulest stuff ever. And this comes from a guy who knows to appreciate a good honey every now and then.

Koreans have it right though: they drink the sap fresh, not the boiled down junk.

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annemaeve 4 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Delightfully and disgustingly accurate! :)

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DrMark1961 3 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

I want to join! Since I live on the Chocolate Coast of Brazil, and Maple trees do not exist here in the tropics, I would probably be a pretty worthless member. No one down here has even heard of that stuff. Just as well.

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annemaeve 3 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

I never thought of moving - what a great idea! Chocolate AND no syrup? Sounds like heaven!

Bianca 3 years ago

Hello. I was just on the internet, trying to find out if anyone else hated the smell of maple syrup like I do. A kindred spirit! I am glad to have read your story.

Angela 3 years ago

My husband just said he'd never met anyone besides me who hates maple syrup. Your page was the first I found. Hilarious.

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annemaeve 2 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Bianca and Angela, welcome to HAMS! Come on in, the pancakes are warm and syrup-free! :)

Ian 2 years ago

You'll be pleased to know that Mrs. Butterworth (nor Aunt Jemima) isn't maple syrup, rather it's sugar with artificial flavouring.

jenn 2 years ago

AHA! No one I know understands how much I truly despise pancake syrup. A relative brought me pancakes when I was sick once, and slathered them in the crap. I nearly vomited. I will eat homemade fruit syrup on pancakes because I control the ingredients and sweetnes

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annemaeve 2 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Ian, while the ladies first introduced me to breakfast horror, no northern friend of mine has ever managed to tempt me with the "real stuff" either. :D

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annemaeve 2 years ago from Philly Burbs Author

Jenn, I hear you on the fruit syrup! Much more fruit than syrup... and must be home-made, yes. It's amazing how one association can leave such a powerful and lasting impression, but what are we to do? :)

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