I do the Mapeleine Syrup, too, but heat the water in a tea kettle (1 cup), pour over the sugar( I use less than recipe–about 1 1/2 cups) and a tsp. of Mapeleine. Stir, and pour in syrup bottle.
We also are used to it and prefer it over store bought syrups–but if we have access to real maple syrup we love that. Just don’t want to pay the price. The Mapeleine package (found in spices/flavoring part of grocery store near vanilla, etc.) also has a recipe for a thicker syrup using corn syrup if you don’t like the thin texture. Alice