Made in Indiana: Hickoryworks Syrup

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Hickory Works Syrup

Gordon Jones and his wife, Sherrie Yarling, of Hickoryworks claim to be the only people in the world who make shagbark hickory syrup.

Located in Trafalgar, Hickoryworks crafts more than 1,000 gallons of the unique syrup each year. Unlike maple syrup and other types, shagbark is not made from the sap of the tree, but rather the bark itself. It has an earthy and smoky flavor. Jones makes it from bark on his own 64 acres as well as the surrounding area.

The couple started producing the syrup in the late 1980s, after their Florida home was hit by an ice storm and they made the move to Brown County. A passing stranger traded them an old family syrup recipe in return for free firewood. Since then, demand for the syrup has grown exponentially, with grocery stores and famous chefs pining for the sweet concoction. It can be found locally in central Indiana Meijer stores.

Learn more about Hickoryworks syrup and ordering information at hickoryworks.com or on the Indiana Artisans website at indianaartisan.org.

9 Comments

  1. Wilma root

    March 9, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Would love to have syrup for my grandkids

  2. Brenda Ashley

    March 9, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Anxious to try

  3. Jeneva Sumner

    March 10, 2016 at 10:18 am

    We love all kinds of syrup and would like to try this one!

  4. Jeneva Sumner

    March 10, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Love all kinds of syrup. Not tried this one. Sounds great!

  5. Rosie

    April 1, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    This sounds so wonderful, I would love to try it!

  6. Gary A. Wright

    August 21, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Gordon and Sherrie are long time friends of mine. Eating natural and organic foods since my college days in the early 70’s, I was used to maple syrup and honey as my sweeteners. The first time that I tried these flavors, I was blown away. Gordon and Sherrie worked long and tiring hours, creating different and unique changes to many recipes, such as worstershire sauce. These syrups are worth trying, and I promise you, that you will be hooked on these incredible products.

  7. steve

    September 1, 2017 at 9:42 am

    this guys product is good but his service sucks.

  8. steve

    September 1, 2017 at 9:43 am

    16 days and still my order is not here !

  9. STEVE

    September 2, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    there is a guy in ohio that sells the same exact product for cheaper and you wont have to file a claim with paypal to get it.sorry Gordy but your slippen

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