Maple Syrups You Need To Stock Up On This Year

Maple syrup is great holiday gift and a staple in all households that enjoy an indulgent breakfast, whether that involves whipping up homemade pancakes and waffles or making a decadent batch of French toast. A stack of pancakes just isn't the same without a generous drizzle of maple syrup to soak up the pancakes and add sugary, syrupy deliciousness to the meal. The sweet syrup is drizzled on for an enhanced flavor, making your meal much tastier and adding the sweetness you want for a treat-yourself breakfast. Although we can all agree on the yumminess of maple syrup, the question is, how can you know which one is the best of the best?

Although this question seems relatively straightforward, there isn't an exact answer that everyone will agree on. This is because there are so many different varieties of maple syrup, each with a slightly different flavor profile. Plus, everyone has different preferences when it comes to food, and even this can change based on the food item you're drizzling the syrup onto.

Because of these factors, there is no "best of the best" maple syrup. Each bottle serves a different purpose and the team at Spruce Eats has done the homework for you. They researched and tested many syrups to find the best ones based on quality, origin, taste, and cost. Here are some of the categories from what they have gathered on the best maple syrups you can find in 2022. And if you're looking for a Canadian one, sorry but none made the list.

Best Overall: Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup

This grade A maple syrup is so good that the owner of it is in the Maple Hall of Fame. Yep, that's a thing! Anderson's makes many different grades of maple syrup. Their very dark color ones with a strong taste are recommended as a cooking additive, but Amazon reviewers say the dark one is too strong of a maple taste, and can be used in other ways. Its current Amazon rating is 4.6 out of 5.

Best Budget-Friendly: Butternut Mountain Farms Vermont Amber Rich Maple Syrup

The 12 fl oz glass jar pours easy over waffles, and also into smoothies. Not quite the cheapest on the list at $19.99, this bottle is cheaper than some of the others but balanced out with just enough flavor to make it the best priced. Its current Amazon rating is 4.2 out of 5.

Best Vermont: Ackermann Maple Farm Pure Vermont Maple Syrup

Speaking of Vermont, dubbed the maple syrup capital of the US, Ackermann glass bottles are the way to go for authenticity. "We use it as a sweetener in tea and coffee, on vanilla ice cream, in oatmeal, yogurt, even to marinate meats and make salad dressings," they state on their website. Why not get that real maple flavor, from maple trees, from the maple family farms?

Best Sugar-Free: Good Good Maple Sweet Like Syrup

Not only is this one sugar-free, it is also keto-friendly, and fructose and gluten-free. Talk about health-y. To get that sweet maple taste, they use sweetener instead of sugar so that diabetics, low carb enthusiasts and vegans can enjoy it too. Its current Amazon rating is 4.4 out of 5.

Best Organic: NOW Foods Certified Organic Maple Syrup

If you're buying organic pancake mix, you may as well get an organic, kosher pancake syrup. This option is completely healthy and all-natural, and non-GMO certified. It is recommended you try the grade A dark amber over the former grade b amber color, if you are wanting a lighter flavor. Its current Amazon rating is 4.6 out of 5.

Best Flavored: Maple Craft Blueberry Vermont Maple Syrup

If you're in search of maple syrup, finding the perfect flavoring is probably at the top of your list. And if you want a rich taste, go for the robust taste in this blueberry syrup. Not only is this (also organic) bottle high in antioxidants, but it's also cheapest at only $12.99. Reviewers have claimed this to be real maple syrup with a rich flavor. Its current Amazon rating is 4.6 out of 5.

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