Ever wondered how is maple syrup graded?

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In 1887, Log Cabin released the very first maple syrup onto the market which was not 100 percent pure maple. Their recipe called for only 45 percent maple syrup mixed with 55 percent corn syrup. This new product was considerably more affordable than pure maple syrup, and for that reason, it quickly became a consumer hit. Over the next several decades, many other brands of imitation syrup piggybacked on the popular idea and offered even more competitive prices. In order to maintain a hold on the market, Log Cabin further reduced the maple syrup content in their syrup. By the 1970s, most imitation syrup brands had completely eliminated maple syrup from their products. Instead, they used corn syrup and artificial flavors. Most consumers did not realize that these new syrups were not real maple syrup, so the United States put into place a law prohibiting artificial syrup brands from using maple syrup on their labels.

Creating a manner of grading maple syrup was key to ensuring authenticity of products on the market, and it also would give consumers insight into the different flavor profiles of each grade and subgrade. The new maple syrup grades were broken down into two grades: Grade A, and Grade B. Grade A was broken down into three subgrades: Light Amber, Medium Amber, and Dark Amber. Beginning this year, a new and improved grading system will be implemented that will minimize confusion between the U.S. and Canadian maple syrup grading systems. All retail syrup will be Grade A (Grade A Golden, Grade A Amber, Grade A Dark and Grade A Extra Dark), and there will also be processing grade maple syrup available only to commercial businesses.

The new grading system will benefit anyone who has ever been confused by the letters on maple syrup bottles.


How is maple syrup graded under the new international system?

how is maple syrup graded

How is maple syrup graded

Grading maple syrup has been around for decades, and the grading systems of the U.S. and Canada have always been different. The two grading methods have long confused consumers and maple syrup enthusiasts, and the new maple grading system created by the International Maple Syrup Institute is about to clear everything up. The universal set of new maple syrup grades—will be fully implemented over the next couple of years.

As of now, the U.S. grading system classifies maple syrup into two grades: Grade A and Grade B. Grade A is further broken down into three different sub-grades: Light Amber, Medium Amber and Dark Amber. The Canadian system is based on a number scale. Canada #1 includes Extra Light (also known as AA), Light (A), and Medium (B). Canada #2 is Amber, also known as C, and finally, #3 is known as Dark, or D. Because the three #1 grades of Canada’s system are essentially the same as the three U.S. sub-grades of Grade A maple syrup, it makes sense to have one universal system instead. The new system will have only one grade for retail sale: Grade A. The other grade will be called Processing Grade maple syrup, but this grade will only be commercially available. Grade A maple syrup will be divided into four classes: Grade A Golden, Grade A Amber, Grade A Dark and Grade A Very Dark.

No matter what your preferences are when it comes to maple syrup, you will definitely be able to find a variety you love once the change hits store shelves everywhere.