Our "first run" syrup. "Rich and spicy sweet, with a wonderful caramel-like flavor" Pure Kahiltna Gold Birch Syrup - now certified organic - is produced on a Talkeetna homestead in Alaska's upper Susitna Valley, the vast river valley of the Alaska Range. Each spring we collect the sap from the paper birch and evaporate it to syrup in much the same way pure maple syrup is produced. This year 12,000 area trees were tapped to make our delicious Kahiltna Gold! It takes an average of 110 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of birch syrup; maple by comparison is approximately 40:1. Our Kahiltna Gold pure birch syrup makes a superb ingredient in the recipes section of this web site. It is wonderful on ice cream, in milkshakes, and coffee, and adds a divine sweetness to pancakes and waffles. First run is produced within the first week of the harvest. Following the first day of harvest (Reserve, see below) it is the lightest and sweetest of the season. Its flavor, sweetness, and color vary from year to year like fine wine, and depend very much on when the sap run begins, and the weather at the time of harvest. 2013 first run was produced in the 2nd through 9th day of harvest. It is velvety rich and sweet with a delicate complexity and fine medium amber color. Light notes of orange, walnut, and licorice.
We have reserved the syrup we made on our first day of harvest 2013 - this year May 4th, for your pleasure. The first day's production is always the sweetest and lightest of the harvest - the first sap collected from the tree is the highest in sugar content (this year 1.2%), the air and ground temperatures are cold, and there is always snow on the ground to keep that sap perfectly cold and sweet. We have heard maple folks in New England and Canada say that birch syrup is "not for pancakes". We heartily disagree. OK, Vermonters; I dare you ... put THIS on your pancakes! Very limited; available only in the fancy, but sturdy, clamp-lid bottle. Please note; this bottle will not fit into the small $6.50 flat rate box due to it's shape. A single bottle will ship by weight to your location ($10.50 to most US locations); 2 will fit into the medium flat rate box for $12 shipping, and 3 will fit in the large flat rate box for $16 shipping within the US.
Our "mid-run" birch syrup has a more complex tangy/sweetness and is somewhat darker and deeper in flavor than our first-run syrup. If you plan primarily to cook with your birch syrup, it would be a good choice for you, as it will require less syrup to get that wonderful birchy flavor! Mid run contains more minerals, and is also preferred for nutritional uses and diets. We use it primarily for birch milkshakes, coffee drinks, and salmon dishes, but, being a true birch syrup lover, I am just as likely to use it on my sourdough pancakes!
Due to consumer demand, we now have late run available! Late Run is all about the last week of harvest; it is stronger, darker, birchier - not as sweet, and highest in minerals and nutrients. Most chefs and beer brewers using our syrup use the late run. So if you are cooking, baking, or brewing with it - or using in a cleansing diet or other nutritional application - late run will work well for you; mid-run but even more so!
Our new 3.4 oz jug - light weight and compact, preferred by travelers and make a great first taste or small gift.
More of a good thing ... and save a little money in the process! We can fit up to three quarts in the medium USPS flat rate box, for $12 shipping.
NOW CERTIFIED ORGANIC!! "Sweet and mild, with the distinctive caramel-like flavor of birch" Kahiltna Gold Alaska Birch Breakfast Syrup is an all-natural product made on our homestead by concentrating birch sap to 45% sugars, then blending with pure ORGANIC evaporated cane juice. This process results in a milder, somewhat sweeter syrup at a lower price, while still offering the deliciously distinctive flavor of birch. Our breakfast style birch syrup possesses the perfect flavor to enhance your pancakes, waffles, and french toast and is particularly delicious on sourdoughs. While used more as a table syrup, our birch breakfast syrup can be used for many of the recipes and uses for pure birch syrup mentioned in our recipes and "about birch syrup" pages; you just won't get as much of that birchy flavor.
A perfect blend of our mid-run organic pure birch syrup (20%) and raw Alaska Wildflower Honey (80%). The honey comes either from Palmer - the heart of Alaska's agricultural region, the Matanuska Valley - or from Delta, Alaska - where the old barley fields are now covered in fireweed. The honey is estimated to be 85-90% fireweed content. The blend of the two mellows the flavor of birch, and enhances the bouquet of the honey. That's it, pure and simple. This is an awesome sweetener. I can't get enough of it on cornbread,or in my oatmeal. Use it in place of regular honey, and enjoy that extra birch zing! Wild Alaskan Birched Honey comes in a convenient 8 oz. plastic honey bottle with a squeeze cap.
Kahiltna Climax Gourmet Birch Caramel Ice Cream Topping is a sinfully rich and delicious all natural blend of birch syrup, butter, cream, and sugar. In addition to topping ice cream, it is wonderful on apples, bananas, peaches and other fruits. It is also delicious spread on toast or muffins, or coupled with peanut butter. Many of my enthusiastic caramel customers prefer it eaten out of the jar with finger or spoon! As the label proclaims, our caramel is thick, rich, heavenly - "a truly uplifting experience!" Our caramel topping is hands down the local favorite here in Alaska. Now available in smaller 6 oz jar as well (though most local caramel addicts would wonder why you would want a smaller jar!) We are proud to say that our caramel topping contains cream and milk from our local dairy. Please note that it also contains a small amount of corn syrup, in addition to birch syrup and cane sugar.
Smaller gift size jar ... less of a good thing??
Kahiltna Gold's "Alaska Gold Nugget" Birch Cream Caramels; rich, creamy and laced with pecans. These candies, individually wrapped in gold foil and beautifully packaged in clear, gold-rimmed boxes are, in the words of several customers, "to die for"! We are proud to say that all of our confections contain cream and milk from our local dairy. Please note that they also contains a small amount of corn syrup, in addition to birch syrup and cane sugar, along with soy lecithin.
Our famously wonderful Alaska Gold Nuggets in a very festive and more economical bag; packed especially for the holiday season, but great for any time of the year! Available in 6 oz and 11 oz., and now 1 pound bags for only $19! The more the merrier!
Our birch almond break-up brittle has an awesome birchy roasted almond taste and a delightfully addicting crunch! Now available in both 4 oz and 8 oz bags.
More of a good thing!
Do you remember eating those big caramel lollipops known as sugar daddies? Well, I do too, and they are one of my fondest childhood memories. So for the kids and the kid within we created our "Birch Mamas", every bit as satisfying as I remember, and maybe even more so with that birchy zing!
More of a great thing!
Our all-natural birch-orange mustard has a robust mustard flavor with a zesty orange zing. Lightly sweetened with only pure birch syrup, this mustard is a real taste treat on your favorite “dog” or spread generously on your favorite sandwich! Customers have been telling me their preferred uses: in potato salad, egg salad, and deviled eggs; on ham, lamb or chicken. I tried it on halibut the other night, and it transformed the meal! Many exciting uses are yet to be found…. be creative, enjoy, and let us know what you discover! 3.75 oz jar. Now available in 6.3 and 9 oz jars as well (see below)!
Economy size for you mustard lovers!
More Mustard! More economical! More better!!