Our pure Maple Sugar Crystals are dehydrated from maple syrup. Maple syrup is rich in minerals, unlike the empty calories of traditional sweeteners. Maple syrup is prepared from the sugary sap of the maple tree. The preparation involves a tapping or piercing of tree to obtain this sap. Since the sap contains a high water ratio, it has to undergo processing for the water to evaporate, leaving behind the concentrated, thick syrup. This final product is arrived at through a heating process. The entire process does not involve any use of chemical additives, preservatives, or agents.