delicacy found in the Pacific Northwest
, maple bars consist of a rectangular donut
-like (but without the hole) pastry base, topped with a maple glaze
made from maple syrup
, and often eggs
. Maple bars are ubiquitous
, to be found at gas stations
, grocery store
bakeries, convenience stores
Maple Bars are as common, as, well, donuts, in Portland, where I am from. I was thus very surprised to learn recently, from a friend who was doing a project on the Pacific Northwest dialect for her sociolinguistics class, that this is a specifically regional term. I asked around of people at my school in Minnesota, including one from maple-land Vermont, if they knew what a maple bar was, and only Northwesterners knew.
I have since learned that maple bars are known in other parts of the country as Maple-glazed Long Johns. These are somewhat hard to find in places, but at least most people can understand this name. I once heard of a migrant to Oregon from the Midwest who would desperately search for the Vanilla-glazed Long Johns so common in her home, but all she could find were "these weird maple things!"