Pancho, that maple-leaf-shaped candy was known as maple sugar candy in Massachusetts, where I grew up. And I loved the stuff, especially given that it was only an occasional treat in our family. My brother and I would ride our bikes the primitive shortcut way (sadly destroyed when Rte. 495 was created) to the Old Country Store in Mansfield, where I would buy maple sugar candy and a big cellophane bag of Wise buttered popcorn. Then, on the next rainy day, I would curl up reading a book and slowly savor part of the candy and popcorn. Yup, that's how rare a treat it was.
By the way, there were two kinds of maple candy: the 100% maple sugar kind, and the blend of maple sugar and cream. I actually liked the flavor of the blend better than the pure sugar type (which also cost more).
In response to the OP, I would either pay the upcharge for real maple syrup, or do without any syrup at all. At the bare minimum, I want to know if the restaurant serves real or fake. One thing that always occurs to me when they only serve the fake stuff is, "What else is mediocre or poor?" Maybe they skimp on other ingredients, too.
post edited by MissJohnnycakes - 2013/12/02 16:22:58