No, it is not real maple syrup, but a darn good replacement for those of us who have to watch sugar intake. And definitely better than store-bought sugar-free syrups, which have a terrible metallic taste. Very easy to put together. I used the full amount of extract and may add a little more next time. Great on pancakes. I did the cold method, but am going to try the heated version next time. Made for Fall 2009 My 3 Chefs game.