The color grades are changing for Maple Syrup. A standardized international grading system has been proposed to make it easier for the general public to know what they will be purchasing. The changes will be the grade description and producer information on the label.
- The lightest maple syrup will now be called "Golden with Delicate Taste". It can be used in beverages, sauces, candies, or as table syrup when a very mild maple taste is desired.
- "Amber with Rich Taste" is a little darker color and has more maple flavor than the Golden Delicate. It is very similar to the previous grade of Medium Amber. It is popular as breakfast syrup, and is used in sauces, candy, toppings, and beverages.
- "Dark Maple Syrup with Robust Taste" has a dark color and a stronger maple flavor. It is great as a maple enhancer and is also used in baking and grilling.
- The darkest of the Grade A Maple Syrup is "Very Dark, Strong". It has a very dark color and a strong taste. It is typically used as a sugar replacement or flavor enhancer in baked goods and specialty meats.