For those who use Grade B maple syrup for it's more potent taste or therapeutic values, you may have noticed its absence in the marketplace. Grade B is still around, but manufacturers are converting to a new labeling system. Regulations in Vermont changed about a year ago with the USDA following suit.
Here's a key to finding your favorite grade of maple syrup.
Grade A Golden Color with Delicate Taste
Former Name: Grade A Fancy
Food: Great for pancakes, waffles and oatmeal.
Grade A Amber Color with Rich Flavor
Former Name: Grade A Medium Amber (or Grade A Dark Amber)
Color: Light, but darker than Grade A Golden Color & Delicate Taste
Flavor: Smooth, Rounded
Food: Great for tea, cocktails, fish, baking.
Grade A Dark Color with Robust Flavor
Former Name: Grade B (or Grade A Dark Amber)
Flavor: Stronger, Deeper, Akin to Brown Sugar
Food: Great for BBQ sauce, glazes for grilled meats, coffee, baking, pair with cheese. Great for gifts.
Grade A Very Dark with Strong Flavor
Former Name: Grade C
Flavor: Robust, Enhanced/Strong Maple Flavor
Food: Great for molasses substitution. Commercial grade syrup for candies, etc.