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Maple Syrup Grades
All maple syrup sold in Canada must be graded. There are three grades: Number 1, Number 2 and Number 3. Number 3 is very dark and only used commercially.
Made from early-season sap; is divided into three colour categories.
• Extra Light: Very light caramel colour; very delicate maple flavour. Good on pancakes and waffles.
• Light: Slightly darker caramel colour than extra light; delicate maple flavour. Good on French toast, pancakes, waffles, hot breakfast cereal or as dessert topping.
• Medium: Brown with a distinct maple flavour. Good for glazing meat, sweetening food or in creamy desserts and baking.
Made from late-season sap; has one main colour category.
Amber: Dark reddish-brown; strong maple flavour. Recommended for glazing and baking because it gives the strongest, most distinct maple flavour. Many consumers enjoy it for the table as well.