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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
(Vermont Fancy)

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.