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What is grade B maple syrup?

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In the U.S. syrup grading system, grade B maple syrup is a dark syrup that is primarily used for baking and cooking. It has a strong flavor with a slight caramel taste.

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Grade B maple syrup is darker and thicker than grade A syrup. Grade A syrup is the type of syrup typically used for eating, such as on waffles or pancakes. Grade A syrup has three sub-grades based on syrup color, including light amber, medium amber and dark amber. Grade B syrup is darker and richer because it comes from sap collected later in the season. Sap collected in the beginning of the season has a lower concentration of sugar and thus produces paler syrup with a lighter flavor (grade A). As the season goes on, the sugar concentration increases, creating a more flavorful syrup (grade B).

Canada, the producer of more than 80 percent of the world���s maple syrup, has its own syrup grading system. The Canadian system has four letter grades, with grade B being "medium." Vermont, credited with producing 5 percent of the world's maple syrup, also has its own classification system with slightly stricter standards.

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