Morningstar Maple Flavored Veggie Sausage Patties.
I had eaten the plain sausage patties a while back, and had fond memories of them, so I figured they could only be improved by adding maple flavor. Once again, I was surprised by the size of these patties. Even though they were the same size as the plain ones, it had been so long since I saw them that I forgot how tiny they are! Seriously, I'm talking an inch and a half diameter. And, according to the nutrition information, a serving size is one. ONE! But they're packaged in pairs, so I guess that means they are fully aware of the fact that, like Pringles, nobody can eat just one. Or something.
Anyway, I disregarded the directions entirely, and cooked these up in a little oil in a skillet for however long it took for them to brown. Unfortunately, I kind of overbrowned them a little bit, as I was distracted by also cooking pancakes and eggs. They weren't burned - just extra crispy.
So, the eating… I did not detect any maple flavor in these at all. Just a regular sausage flavor with extra crispiness (my fault). I wanted it to taste like maple! I ended up dumping some maple syrup on them just to experience what it should have been like, and I'll tell you, it was pretty good. But it should have tasted like that right out of the box, otherwise, why call it maple-flavored?
Texture - Extra crispy due to over-browning. Otherwise very sausage-patty-ish.
Flavor - Tasted like a boring sausage patty. Not bad for a plain sausage patty, but disappointing for a supposedly maple-flavored sausage patty.
Final grade for this attempt: B-