What is the Difference Between Grade A/B/C Syrups – Which Should I Use?

Each grade represents the amount of processing the syrup has gone through. Grade A is more refined and less useful. Grade B is better and Grade C better yet. However, Grade C is not easy to find and realistically, Grade B will usually be your best choice. Other grading systems, such as Grade 1, 2, or 3, may be used in different countries, but the concept is the same. Just ask your grocer which of the choices is the least refined. Store candy syrup like Aunt Jemima is not acceptable; it is just flavored, empty sugar with no nutritional benefits.

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  1. Paul Limberty July 8, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    Your answer in the FAQ about the difference between A/B/C grade syrup is 100% wrong. All of the processing is the same. If anything, B and C are processed longer. The maple sap itself changes during the season and this is what creates the difference. IT HAS NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, TO DO WITH PROCESSING!!!

    • Mike Olaski July 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

      Hi Paul,

      You’re absolutely right. This content was old, and is now updated. Thanks for pointing it out. But, no NEED TO SHOUT! ;)…

  2. alia June 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    i’m from India ,have heard bout master cleanse from one of my friend i m not able to find Grade B maple syrup .. is it k if i use grade A ?

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