How Much Does Maple Syrup Cost?

Maple syrup is made from the xylem sap of sugar, red or black maple trees.  It is often produced in cold climate areas, such as Quebec, Canada, a city that produces most of the world’s supply.    This product is often used with waffles and pancakes, but it can also be used for French toast as well as an ingredient in baking.  The price of maple syrup depends on the brand, its quality and where you purchase it.

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How much is it?

BrandCost
Everyday Value Organic Maple Syrup (Whole Foods) (32 fl. oz.)$20
Spring Tree Pure Maple Syrup (32 fl. oz.)$18
Kirkland Signature Organic Maple Syrup (Costco) (33.8 fl. oz.)$12
Archer Farms 100% Pure Maple Syrup (Target) (32 fl. oz.)$15
Great Value Pure Maple Syrup (Walmart) (12.5 fl. oz.)$7
Camp Pure Maple Syrup (8.5 fl. oz.)$9
Trader Joe's 100% Pure Vermont Maple Syrup (32 fl. oz.)$16
Simply Balanced Organic Maple Syrup (Target) (12 fl. oz.)
$8
Thrive Market Organic Maple Syrup, Grade A (16 fl. oz.)$13

What is going to be included?

Maple syrup grades

Maple syrup will be broken down into four grades, as designated by the United States Department of Agriculture and each one will be a grade A, followed by a color/flavor description.  These grades include the following:  Grade A Light Amber, Grade A Medium Amber, Grade A Dark Amber and Grade A.  VermontPureMaple.com tells us the grades will have nothing to do with the quality. This switch was rather recently done in 2015, and oftentimes, you may see older grades still sitting on store shelves.  What’s the difference?  Darker grades are known to be more intense, while the lighter colors can be sweeter.

  1. Grade A: Golden color with delicate taste:  This grade will often be made in colder climates, usually around February and will be known as the first syrup being tapped for the season.  This grade will be the lightest in color and will be the most delicate in flavor, allowing to you to really takes its flavor.
  2. Grade A: Amber color and rich taste:  A bit darker than the golden grade, this grade will be made in the middle of the season and will have a smoother flavor.
  3. Grade A: Dark color and robust taste:  Last to be tapped during the maple syrup season, this very dark grade isn’t sold individually; instead, it’s sold to factories to make things like maple candy.  Since it’s so strong, it can often be used as a substitution for molasses; it’s that thick.
  4. Grade A: Very dark and strong taste:  With a robust flavor, and formerly known as grade B,  the darker color grade will be much stronger and will have a deeper tint, similar to brown sugar, when compared to the prior two grades.

Tips to know

The best maple syrup purchased online

Maple syrup nutrition

How can I save money?

Maple syrup is also sold in 1.70 ounce glass leaf bottles formed in the shape of a male leaf. This has a robust maple flavor which is great for cooking, oatmeal and other cereals. They are sold for $18 to $24.

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