Back when we dined in blissful ignorance on HFCS-containing foods, our favorite syrup was Log Cabin. The first ingredient in Log Cabin's list - and on pretty much every non-pure maple syrup out there - is HFCS. So, we switched to pure maple syrup. You might think that maple syrup is maple syrup, but not so. There are different grades and different classifications within the different grades, and they all have different flavors.
Unfortunately, the only kind of maple syrup that the grocery stores out here sell is Grade A Dark Amber, and the maple flavor in that grade is just a little too strong for mine and Ben's tastes (though my husband loves the stronger flavor). So, after doing a little digging we learned that Grade B actually has a stronger flavor than Grade A, and that Grade A Medium Amber and Grade A Light Amber are most commonly used as table syrups. Amazon came to our rescue, as usual. We were able to order some Grade A Medium Amber maple syrup. And, I'm happy to say that it has a much less pronounced maple flavor that is just right.
I've found some benefits to using maple syrup. First, it isn't nearly as viscous as Log Cabin and the other HFCS based syrups, and with the thinner consistency a little maple syrup goes a long way - and that's a good thing because it's expensive! Second, did you know that maple syrup actually has some health benefits? It contains a ton of manganese and zinc - two trace elements and natural antioxidants that are good for your health. It's also loaded with calcium - the same amount as whole milk! (That just blows my mind - in a good way.) Last, it has fewer calories than corn syrup. With all of that going for it, I can overlook the steep price, I suppose, and not feel so bad when we have a syrup laden breakfast.