Designer maple sugar- how Canadian!?

Maple sugar is hot right now in Toronto so implies Keith Gordon‘s article in today’s Toronto Star .  Why is maple sugar the “in” thing you ask?  Because the artists and artisans who are using maple sugar as a medium are turning out some pretty spectacular edible works of art.  The article in today’s paper lists several cool applications of maple sugar but my favourite is what design company, Ninutik has done with the sap. 

Dianne Croteau and Richard Brault started Ninutik in Toronto back in 2006 with the goal of presenting Canada’s rich heritage of producing maple sugar in a modern, artful way. 

These designer cubes of maple sugar are a force to contend with.  Imagine serving guests one morsel as a palate cleanser before dessert or gifting a dozen in the company’s attractive packaging?  The website describes the products as “elegant, modern and distinctive” I couldn’t agree more. 

Dianne and Richard have succeeded.  Next time you are looking for something new and different for your table, the little shop in Richmond Street West may be the key to entertaining success.

Richmond Street Store Front:

Ninutik Richmond Street Store Front (photo from Ninutik.com)

Ninutik Richmond Street Store Front (photo from Ninutik.com)

The Goods:

(photo from Flikr via Blancbagno's photostream)

(photo from Flikr via Blancbagno's photostream)

Ninutik's Valentines day box (photo via Ninutik)

Ninutik's Valentines day box (photo via Ninutik)

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