Maple Syrup Grades
Learn about Maple Syrup Grades
There are four maple syrup grades to suit everyone’s taste! Golden with Delicate taste – formerly known as “Fancy”, Amber with Rich taste – formerly known as Medium Amber (most popular for gifts), Dark with Robust taste – formerly known as grade B, and Very Dark with strong taste – formerly Grade C.
Golden Color/Delicate Flavor
Usually made at the beginning of the maple season. Pour over vanilla ice cream for a Vermont maple sundae, sometimes called Sugarmakers’ Favorite Dessert.
Amber Color / Rich Flavor
(Compares well to the former Medium Amber)
Usually made about mid-season and seems to be the most popular for all around use. A good choice for gifts.
Dark Color / Robust Flavor
(Compares well to the former Grade B)
As the maple season progresses, the syrup darkens in color and develops a more robust maple flavor. Good for all around use, its hearty flavor is great choice for all kinds of recipes. Pour over baked apples or squash, use as a glaze for meats and vegetables.
Very Dark Color / Very Strong Flavor
(Even darker than Grade B!)
Produced at the end of the season, it’s perfect for cooking! Makes Vermont baked beans, breads, and cookies especially tasty.