Maple Grades ExplainedPeople often ask sugar makers which grade is the best but that is really a personal choice!
All of our syrup grades are equal in price.
'Fancy' Light Amber
The first syrup we make in a given season is very clear and light in color with a delightfully mild maple flavor. It is a delight of native Vermonters and connoisseurs of maple syrup. Delicious with pancakes, waffles, french toast, ice cream, fresh fruit, desserts, and is the preferred grade for candies and other maple specialties.
The standard grade most often found on store shelves where pure maple syrup is sold. It is a little darker in color than fancy and has a slightly heavier maple taste. Remains a favorite topping for pancakes, waffles, French toast, and is the most popular for all around use.
Produced toward the end of the season as the weather warms up. It is a little darker in color than medium amber and has a more robust full maple flavor. Very popular for all around use and is great in yogurt and oatmeal. It is also a good choice for baking. If you're looking for that very hearty, 'traditional' maple flavor then this is the one for you.
Usually made at the end of the season and is the darkest and strongest flavored pure maple grade of all. Primarily used for cooking, but is gaining popularity as an all-purpose syrup. This is the preferred grade for the Lemonade Diet/Master Cleanse.