Grade A Maple Syrup comes in 4 different color classes with a corresponding flavor. The outside temperature is mainly what affects the color of the syrup. Early in the season when the sap is coldest, syrup is its lightest color known as Golden Delicate. As the spring progresses and temperatures warm the syrup begins to darken. Take a look at the whole spectrum!
Light, golden color with a mild, delicate taste. Excellent as a table syrup or over ice cream or yogurt
A light amber color and a full-bodied flavor - This class of syrup is the product of choice for consumers who desire the classic maple syrup flavor.
Dark amber color with a more pronounced maple flavor - This class will satisfy those consumers who desire the strong flavors. Previously known as grade B
Nearly black, this syrup has a strong flavor that translates well to cooking, where the maple flavor will carry through the finished dish.