Maple Syrup is a much sought-after ingredient in Stardew Valley, and once you start exploring it, your whole world will open up to the exciting possibilities of tapping trees!
As someone who has always dreamed of living off the land and escaping modern life the idea of living on my own farm and creating my own Maple Syrup is an absolute dream, somewhat of an unrealistic dream right now, so doing it in Stardew Valley is my closest approximation!
What are the Uses of Maple Syrup?
If you are eager to complete the Community Centre and see the much-deserved downfall of the evil corporation Joja Mart, you will need to make some Maple Syrup to complete the Chef’s Bundle on the Bulletin Board.
Of course, Maple Syrup is not all you will need as you will also need;
- Fried Egg
- Fiddlehead Fern
- Maki Roll
Once you have each of these items, including Maple Syrup, you will receive three delicious-looking Pink Cakes in return. These are quite useful, yes, they are delicious, but they also make great gifts for everyone except Harvey, Krobus, Leah, Leo, and Willy, who have no taste and don’t like Pink Cake.
Of course, to complete the Bulletin Board in full, you also need to complete the following;
- Dye bundle
- Field Research bundle
- Fodder bundle
- Enchanters bundle
The reward for this immense hard work is friendship; no, that is no joke! Completing all of these adds 500 points to your relationship bar with every villager that is not considered a dateable villager.
A Sweet Gift
If you have some Maple Syrup going spare, why not use it to sweeten some people? It is hardly surprising that most residents would jump at the chance of some Maple Syrup in a town as cutesy and wholesome as Pelican Town.
All bar one villager in Stardew Valley likes Maple Syrup; who is the strange outlier, you may ask? Well, it is Maru! It could be that Maru does not like Maple Syrup; maybe it is something to do with her passion for science.
A Delicious Treat
You can also use Maple Syrup to create something tasty for yourself!
It can be used to make what is referred to as a “Maple Bar,” which is quite misleading as its description is more akin to a maple-glazed Donut and sounds delicious. To make the Maple Bar, you will need the following;
- 1x Maple Syrup
- 1x Sugar
- 1x Wheat Flour
The Maple Bar has a lot of useful effects, so rather than gift it onward, I prefer to keep it for big adventure days where I am likely to get tired or hurt, like days in the Mines or the Desert. Eating the Maple Bar provides you with the following;
- 225 Energy
- 101 Health
- Farming Buff +1
- Fishing Buff +1
- Mining Buff +1
These buffs will last 16 minutes and 47 seconds, so ensure you eat them at just the right time! Of course, you can also sell it for 300g, but it is much more lucrative to eat! The difficult part of this is obtaining the recipe, which can only be gained by watching the cooking channel on the TV in your house.
The channel is called ” Queen of the sauce,” You need to watch it on the 14th of Summer in your second year on the farm, so be sure not to miss it!
An unexpected benefit, I am sure, but you can use Maple Syrup to create a Bee House, which is a luxurious addition to your farm! I am sure you are super excited to get making your Bee House, so that you will need the following;
- 40x pieces of Wood
- 8x pieces of Coal
- 1x Iron Bar
- 1x Maple Syrup
You will also need to reach Farming level three to unlock the recipe for the Bee House. Once you have the Bee House, you can make Honey using the;
- Tulips or Blue Jazz in Spring
- Sunflower or Summer Spangle in Summer
- Sunflower or Fairy Rose in Fall
- Any wildflower in Winter
However, you will need to curb your enthusiasm as the Honey will take four days to prepare.
A Delightful Hat
You can even use Maple Syrup to tailor a plain hat into an extraordinary Floppy Beanie! All you will need to do this is;
- 1x Maple Syrup
- 1x Cloth
How to get Maple Syrup
A Gift from the Trees
You can easily get a range of exciting products from the Trees on your farm and throughout the town, including;
- Maple Syrup
- Oak Resin
- Pine Tar
You will need specialist equipment to extract these from the Trees; this is called a Tapper. To make a Tapper, you will need the following;
- 40x pieces of Wood
- 2x Copper Bars
This Tapper can then be placed on Maple, Pine, or Oak Trees to get a range of items. Of course, Maple Syrup needs to be placed on a Maple Tree.
If you are trying to figure out which tree is which, a Maple is a more round and leafy tree than a triangular Pine. The maple tree is also a lighter green than an Oak tree and, in the Summer, has some visible seeds.
You can also make a more advanced Tapper twice the product as a regular Tapper. As it is a specialist item, it is harder to make and requires;
- 30x Hardwood
- 1x Radioactive Bar
To use your new Tapper, you select it in your inventory, approach a tree, and select to place it! If you place it on the wrong tree, which I have done many times, you can easily hit it with an Axe, and it will pop off again!
Nothing good is easy, or so they say, and you need buckets and patience to get Maple Syrup. Placing a Tapper on your tree takes nine days to create! The good thing, however, is the Tapper can remain there and will continue to produce on its own.
How to Get Maple Syrup in Stardew Valley: FAQs
Question: How do I make a Tapper?
Answer: A regular Tapper requires 40x Wood and 2x Copper Bars, and level three Foraging to unlock the recipe.
Question: Which tree is the Maple Tree?
Answer: The maple tree is round and bushy, so easily distinguished from the pointed pine. It is also greener than an Oak and, unlike an Oak, sprouts seeds in the Summer.
Question: How Long does it take to get Maple Syrup?
Answer: It takes nine days from the Tapper’s placement on a Maple Tree.