By Kat Tancock
For a sweet souvenir from Quebec that’s more interesting than the standard tin of maple syrup, look no further than artisanal maple-sweetened caramel spreads from Montreal confiseuse Diane Croteau of Beriza Confiserie.
Made from just three main ingredients—maple syrup, cream and salted butter (from an artisanal dairy)—the spreads come flavours including fleur de sel, lemon vanilla and 1,001 Nights (a spice mix with cinnamon, ginger, lavender and pepper) as well as seasonal limited-edition varities such as hazelnut or rose and cardamom. Packaged in beautifully labelled jars, they make a perfect gift or special treat on the brunch table.
Croteau suggests spreading the caramel on a croissant, adding a spoonful to ice cream or drizzling it onto a piece of chocolate cake—or simply smearing it on warm toast and watching it melt.