The Various Grades of Vermont Maple Syrup

Which Grade is for You?

Leaf favors - in different syrup gradesAll Vermont Maple Syrup is of equal quality, sugar content, and density (thickness). Choosing the corrrect one for you is primarily just a matter of personal taste - simply select which one YOU enjoy the most!

Buyer's Guide to Grade A Pure Vermont Maple Syrup:
The four grades below outline the subtleties of the various grades, as well as how the new naming relates to the former descriptors.

Vermont Grade A Golden Maple Syrup

Golden Color/Delicate Flavor
(Former Vermont Fancy)

Usually made at the beginning of the new maple season. Pour over vanilla ice cream for a Vermont maple sundae, sometimes called the Sugarmakers' Favorite Dessert.

Vermont Grade A Amber Maple Syrup

Amber Color/Rich Flavor
(Compares to former Medium Amber)

Usually made about mid-season and seems to be the most popular for all around use. A good choice for gifts.

Vermont Grade A Dark Maple Syrup

Dark Color/Robust Flavor
(Compares 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 a great choice for all kinds of recipes. Pour over baked apples or squash, use as a glaze for meats and vegetables.

Vermont Grade A Very Dark Maple Syrup

Very Dark Color/Strong Flavor
(Even darker than former Grade B!)

Produced at the end of the season, it's perfect for cooking! Makes Vermont baked beans, breads, and cookies especially tasty.

New Grade Names:


Prior Grade Names:

 Golden with Delicate Taste
Light, golden color with a mild, delicate taste. Excellent as a table syrup or over ice cream or yogurt.
 Amber with Rich Taste
A light amber color and full-bodied flavor, this class of syrup is the product of choice for consumers who desire the classic maple syrup flavor.
 Dark with Robust Taste
A dark amber color with a more pro- nounced maple flavor, this class will satisfy those consumers who desire the strong flavors of what has been known as Grade B.
 Very Dark with Strong Taste
Nearly black, this syrup has a strong flavor that translates well to cooking, where the maple flavor will carry through to the finished dish.
Vt. Fancy - Light Amber
This light amber colored maple syrup has a delicate maple flavor. Popular served over vanilla ice cream, in tea, or in any manner that compliments its subtle flavor. Try a slightly-cooled heaping spoonful fresh from the pot!
Vt. Grade A - Medium Amber
This medium amber colored syrup with a pronounced maple bouquet and a characteristic maple flavor is most often used on pancakes, waffles, and as an all-around table syrup. Medium Amber is also delicious by the slightly-cooled spoonful.
Vt. Grade A - Dark Amber
This grade boasts a dark amber color with a robust maple bouquet and hearty maple flavor. Most often used to accompany breakfast entrees as an all-around table syrup.
Note: Falls somewhere between the new "Amber" & "Dark" Grades.
Vt. Grade B
The strongest and darkest table syrup, it is preferred by many fo its pronounced maple flavor. The most common grade used in cooking and to add its flavor to processed foods.
Vermont Grade C
(was not available for retail sale)

Above content provided in part by VT Sugarmakers Assn