This was the first time ever using parsnips. I liked the soup plain, but with the balsamic syrup it was even better. My husband like it better without the syrup. I didn't put the syrup on my kid's soup, but my 4 year old requested some so I made smiley face with it. My 2 and 4 year old ate it. My 2 year old called mine chocolate because the syrup made it brown. I didn't think I was going to like the syrup because I don't like regular balsamic vinegar, but the syrup is great in small amounts. I has some leftover syrup that I put on a salad the next day. It made the salad dreamy. Most of the steps were pretty easy, but making the syrup was really time consuming. I think it took about 20 min for mine to turn to syrup and you have to be on top of it the whole time, not to mention the very vinegar smell it creates in your house. In the end it is TOTALLY worth the time and smell.