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East Montpelier, Vt. 05651

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Maple Syrup Grades

How is maple syrup graded?
Maple syrup is graded using four criteria: color, flavor, density and clarity.

Which grade is the best?
That depends on your taste!  Eash grade has the same density and clarity, but the color and intensity of flavor varies. Light syrup has subtle flavors, dark syrup has stronger flavors.

Why are some syrups lighter or darker?
The differences in color and flavor between grades is a result of a number of physical and chemical changes which occur during the collection and the evaporation process. Generally light syrups are made early in the season and darker syrups late in the season.

Which grade is the sweetest or thickest?
All maple syrup grades have the same amount of sugar (~66.9%) and are equally thick.

How can I be sure this is a Vermont syrup?
The best way is to look for a Vermont grade sticker or buy from a local producer.

What type of container should I choose?
Plastic containers are very durable so they ship and travel well. Plastic maintains syrup flavor very well for extended periods. Over time a slight darkenign of color may occur.
Glass is an excellent choice for gifts and allows you to see the product sparkle. Glass retains maple flavor the best, but syrup in glass exposed to light may darken over time.
Metal has a traditional appeal and maintains syrup color very well. Syrup should not be stored for a very long period in an open metal container, to avoid a "metallic" off-flavor.

How should I store maple syrup?
After opening, maple syrup should always be refrigerated or frozen. When you purchase our delicious maple syrup keep a small amount for daily use in the container and “refrigerated”. For the remainder of the syrup, long term storage 3-6 months or longer put maple syrup in a separate glass or plastic container and store in freezer. Take out what you need and refreeze the remainder. Freezing syrup will really maintain the flavor and quality for several years. Be sure to use only clean & odor-free storage containers.

Description of Maple Syrup Grades

Vermont Fancy
Light Amber Color, Delicate Maple Bouquet
Delightfully mild maple falvor, excellent on ice cream or on food that permits its subtle flavor to be appreciated - a gourmet choice, and the perfect grade for candies and other maple specialities.

Grade A Medium Amber
Medium Amber Color, Distinct Maple Bouquet
Characteristic maple flavor; most popular for all-around use.

Grade A Dark Amber
Dark Amber Color, Pronounced Maple Bouquet
Heartier maple flavor; also popular for table and all-around use.


Vermont Grade B
Darkest Table Grade, Robust Maple Bouquet
Preferred by some folks, for the table; stronger maple flavor makes it an execellent choice for cooking.