What Do the Maple Syrup Grades Mean...
...and What Happened to Grade B?
Grade B Enthusiasts: Grade A Dark Robust is the flavor and color you know and love with a brand new name.
Grade B did not disappear--it simply has a new name!
The USDA is now calling Grade B "Grade A Dark Robust."
You will find a red seal stating "formerly grade B" on all our new Grade A Dark Robust Labels.
The USDA established a new grading standard for maple syrup in 2015 as part of a
unified international standard. Like the old ones, the new grades are meant to help cooks and maple lovers identify the flavor profile they prefer. Thus, they are based on color and taste. As a rule, the darker the maple syrup color, the more robust the taste.
Grade A Amber Color, Rich Taste Maple Syrup:
This maple syrup has a golden hue and smooth maple flavor. Its unique and subtle flavor is popular for table syrup. While individual batches will vary in color due to its handcrafted nature,
Grade A Amber Rich usually falls somewhere between Grade A Light Amber and Medium Amber in the old grading system.
Grade A Dark Color, Robust Taste Maple Syrup (formerly Grade B):
Grade A Dark Robust has a strong maple color and hearty maple flavor. Some people prefer Grade A Dark Robust syrup for cooking and for the Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet.