Macs, McNuggets and now maple syrup in Vermont

Thu Jan 20, 2011 6:01pm EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - McDonald's Big Macs and Chicken McNuggets are served the world over, but only in Vermont can diners at the fast-food giant now get pure maple syrup with their breakfast oatmeal.

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Thursday that McDonald's USA has agreed to offer pure Vermont maple syrup or sugar with its Fruit and Maple Oatmeal menu item, beginning in February.

Vermont is the nation's largest producer of maple syrup, and it upholds strict maple laws.

The state previously said McDonald's use of maple in its advertising for its oatmeal did not comply with regulations because it did not actually contain maple.

For now, the pure Vermont maple syrup will only be offered in-state, but Shumlin said he would encourage McDonald's to use the state's prize crop in stores elsewhere.

(Reporting by Lauren Keiper; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)