2016 FIRST RUN KAHILTNA GOLD IS IN!
Our "first run" syrup. "Rich and spicy sweet, with a wonderful caramel-like flavor" Pure Kahiltna Gold Birch Syrup - 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 12,800 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. Sweeten your Alaska chaga tea, for a total birch experience! Check out our new wild Alaska chaga products: Wild Alaska Chaga Products.
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. 2016 FIRST RUN was produced during the 2nd through 10th day of harvest. Earliest ever- We started tapping trees on April 1st! Because it was so early we still had very cold nights, and the trees produced unusually sweet sap and, as a result, syrup! When it is this early the sap is often frozen in the lines and pails at night. This sap is very cold, fresh, and sweet. The resulting 2016 syrup is light amber, honey-like, floral in nature, with a very smooth finish. Truly lovely!
We reserve the syrup made on our first day of harvest for your pleasure. In 2014 first day was April 18th; in 2015 it was April 5th, and this year it was April 3rd! Both 2015 and 2016 were record early harvests resulting in a true ice syrup ... quite rare, and very limited in quantity. Unusually light in color, with a buttery, honey-like taste. 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 - and very re-usable, clamp-lid bottle.WE ARE NOW SOLD OUT OF OUR 2015 RESERVE. Please note; this bottle will not fit into the small $7.00 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 $14 shipping, and 3 will fit in the large flat rate box for $19.50 shipping within the US.
Our MID RUN birch syrup - a transition between early and late harvest - 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!
LATE RUN is all about the last week of harvest; it is stronger, darker, birchier and tangy - not as sweet, and highest in minerals and nutrients. I am often asked to describe the flavor ... it can vary from year to year. Most years there is a citrus or cherry-like fruitiness; some years more reminiscent of dark chocolate and coffee. Most chefs and beer brewers using our syrup in their recipes use late run. We also use it as an ingredient in all of our birch products. 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; it is a step beyond mid run!
Our new 3.4 oz jug - light weight and compact, preferred by travelers and make a great first taste or small gift. Use the drop down menu to select the run your prefer.
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.Usually available in first run, mid run, and late run. Use the drop-down menu to select the run you prefer.Mid Run and Late Run in Quarts are temporarily out of stock. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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 by concentrating birch sap to the perfect flavor concentration, then blending with pure ORGANIC evaporated cane juice to take to syrup. 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!
WE are so pleased to introduce this wonderful product. Our WILD Sauce is a spicy-sweet combination of wild Alaskan rosehips and highbush cranberries, partially sweetened with our own Pure organic birch syrup. It has been on our back burner for quite a while, and we have used variations on the theme for years - most recently on moose ribs! The rosehips and cranberries are hand-picked here in Alaska's Susitna Valley. Our wild sauce can be used as a catsup, bbq or grilling sauce, or sweet 'n sour sauce. Use your imagination and GO WILD! Comes in a generous 10 ounce jar.
A perfect blend of our mid-run organic pure birch syrup (20%) and raw Alaska Wildflower Honey (80%). Our wonderful honey comes from either interior Alaska near McGrath or Upper Susitna Valley. 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!) Our caramel topping contains cream and milk from our local dairy when available. Please note that it also contains a small amount of corn syrup for stability, in addition to birch syrup and cane sugar.
Smaller gift size jar ... less of a good thing??
Our famously wonderful Alaska Gold Nuggets in our new, beautiful - and more economical - bag; with our story on the back: "Our Alaska Gold Nuggets are a bit like striking the mother lode...rich, smooth, and delightful! Sweetened with our own birch syrup - wild harvested from the sap of birch trees near Talkeetna - our caramels are a truly wild taste of Alaska. Enjoy the sweets of our labor!" Irresistible, and mildly addicting!
Available in 6 oz, 10 oz and, especially for the holiday season - 16 ounces, a full pound of gold at a great price!!
Kahiltna Gold's "Alaska Gold Nugget" Birch Cream Caramels; rich, creamy and laced with pecans, packaged in our traditional and classy gold-rimmed boxes. These candies, individually wrapped in gold foil are, in the words of several customers, "to die for"! All of our confections contain cream and milk from our local dairy when available. 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 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!!