The 7 Best Maple Syrups of 2020

This delicious sweetener isn't just for breakfast anymore

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Our Top Picks
"With a bold flavor and deep color, this maple syrup is so delicious, the company's owner is in the Maple Hall of Fame."
"If you're craving that familiar maple syrup taste, this waffle-topper from Vermont is the pick for you."
"Harvested in the middle of the season, this maple syrup can hold its own as a breakfast-topper, meat glaze, or ice cream topping."
"This Canadian syrup comes from sap harvested right at the beginning of the season, and is packaged in a beautiful, gift-ready jug."
"For full maple flavor without the sugar rush, give this monk fruit-derived syrup a try."
"Made from wild-grown maple trees in Vermont, this syrup is a great option for anyone looking for something non-GMO and organic."
"This Grade A syrup, made in Quebec, has a flavor that's strong without being overwhelming, making it a great sweetener for baking ."

Let’s get one thing straight: Not all maple syrups are the same. There are some maple syrups that contain hints of cinnamon or vanilla, some that boast a slight honeysuckle flavor, and others that have a rich, decadent, chocolate-inspired taste. Some maple syrups are truly organic; others, not so much. Luckily for you, we’ve taken all the guesswork out of which syrups are best for which foods, which are best for certain diets, and which are just plain tasty. Here they are.

Best Overall: Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup

What We Like
  • Strong, rich maple flavor

  • Syrup is thick

  • Good for baking

What We Don't Like
  • Lid is not a flip-top

In 2009, Norman Anderson was inducted into the American Maple Museum’s “Maple Hall of Fame” for his lifelong commitment to sugaring in northwest Wisconsin—is it any wonder, then, that Anderson’s Pure Maple Syrup is our favorite syrup?

Sweet, sugary, complex: There aren’t enough adjectives in the world to describe how good this award-winning syrup tastes. In fact, this nuanced flavor is what got the syrup high marks among reviewers. It also comes in a 32-ounce, heritage-inspired jar, which makes for a great gift for a friend or family member, or anyone who enjoys the taste of insanely delicious maple syrup.

Anderson’s syrup is Grade B Pure Maple Syrup, which means it has a stronger flavor and tends to be darker in color than other syrups (and is therefore perfect for baking).

Best Classic: Coombs Family Farms Organic Dark Maple Syrup, Grade A

What We Like
  • Balanced, rich flavor

  • Organic and kosher

  • No preservatives

What We Don't Like
  • Not very thick

For a classic-tasting, nostalgia-soaked maple syrup that’ll remind you of the snowy Vermont childhood you never had, the Coombs Family Farms Maple Syrup is simply lovely.

It’s certified kosher, organic, and contains zero artificial flavors, dyes, or preservatives. In fact, all Coombs Family products are farmed and harvested in a sustainable manner (with nary a chemical in sight!), so this syrup is also an excellent choice for the eco-conscious shopper.

Oh, and did we mention this Coombs Family syrup won the National Certificate of Distinction for Taste Award from the American Tasting Institute? This classic syrup is the best topping possible for your morning stack of waffles or pancakes, thanks to its distinctive flavor. Several reviewers love the balance of sweetness and maple flavor, although some say the syrup was a bit runny for their taste.

Best Vermont Maple Syrup: Butternut Mountain Farms Vermont Amber Rich Maple Syrup Glass Jug

What We Like
  • Rich maple flavor

  • Versatile

  • Comes in reusable glass bottle

What We Don't Like
  • Not for those who prefer a darker, stronger-flavored syrup

Richly yummy and hot-packed to preserve its flavor, the Butternut Mountain Grade ‘A’ Amber Maple Syrup is easily one of the most beloved Vermont-produced syrups available.

It’s typically made mid-sugaring season, and boasts a near-unbeatable flavor and clarity (which many of its top reviewers can attest to). It’s versatile, too: Butternut Mountain syrup is perfect for using on cakes, over ice cream, on fruit, as a meat glaze, or on pancakes and waffles.  

The Butternut Mountain Grade ‘A’ Amber Maple Syrup comes in a 12-ounce glass jug, so you can easily reuse it or recycle it after the syrup’s gone. 

Best Canadian: Escuminac Pure Canadian Organic Maple Syrup, Grade A

What We Like
  • High-quality syrup with a smooth, rich flavor

  • Versatile

  • Comes in a beautiful jug

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

When it comes to Canadian maple syrup, the 100 Percent Pure Unblended Maple Syrup from Escuminac is top-of-the-line. Lovingly handcrafted in small quantities and light-golden in color, this syrup is produced exclusively with sap that’s harvested during the first days of the run, which is why it has such a robust, smooth taste and gorgeous texture.

The flavoring features subtle notes of honeysuckle and caramel, with hints of cinnamon; it’s gluten-free, vegan, certified organic, and doesn’t include any added sugar. Some reviewers weren't sure whether this syrup was worth the hefty price tag, but after tasting it, they say it's worth it because of its outstanding flavor.

One of the best uses of this syrup? In a cocktail! Escuminac has a few delicious recipes for anyone looking for a more unique use for this syrup. Escuminac Maple Syrup comes in an artfully designed glass jug, which makes it an ideal holiday (or anytime) gift.  

Best Sugar-Free: Lakanto Maple Flavored Sugar-Free Monkfruit Syrup

What We Like
  • Fewer calories and lower glycemic index than maple syrup

  • Not as much of an aftertaste as other substitute sweeteners

What We Don't Like
  • Runnier than real maple syrup

If you need to carefully monitor your blood sugar or weight, you can still enjoy the taste of maple syrup: Lakanto makes a wonderful maple-flavored syrup that’s sugar-free. Lakanto Maple Syrup looks, smells, and tastes like the real thing; but you also get the added benefit of consuming a syrup with fewer calories and a lower glycemic index.

It tastes great on waffles or pancakes, with beverages (like coffee, tea, or even cocktails), or on baked goods. Ingredients include purified water, vegetable fiber monk fruit sweetener, glycerin sea salt, vitamin B 35b, and guar gum.

Reviewers have said that this healthy syrup may be “thinner than traditional syrup”, but still has “really great flavor” without being overpoweringly sweet. Regardless of whether you’re dieting or watching your sugar intake, the Lakanto Maple Syrup is a lovely sugar-free alternative to standard maple syrup.  

  

Best Organic: Thrive Market Organic Maple Syrup, Grade A

What We Like
  • Thick and flavorful

  • Affordable

  • Comes in cute, handy jug

What We Don't Like
  • Those who got the smaller jug say it's too small

For anyone on an all-nautral, organic kick that still wants to enjoy pancakes and waffles with some honest-to-goodness maple syrup from time to time, Thrive Market’s Organic Maple Syrup could be just what the doctor ordered.

Crafted from wild-grown maple trees in Vermont, this certified-pure, non-GMO syrup is as organic as syrup comes; it’s carefully extracted from trees and then boiled down to remove any water, which results in pure, perfectly sweet syrup that goes great on virtually any food: French toast, waffles, pancakes, desserts, you name it.

Thrive Market’s Organic Maple Syrup is beloved for its quality and affordable price point. Some reviewers point out that this is more affordable than comparable organic syrups at their local store. There’s no doubt about it—if you’re on the hunt for truly tasty organic syrup, this is the one to get.

Best Tasting: Canadian Finest Maple Syrup

What We Like
  • Deep color and robust flavor

  • 100% organic

  • Imported from Quebec family farms

What We Don't Like
  • Slightly thinner than some U.S. syrups

Canadian Finest Maple Syrup contains no additional preservatives, additives, or artificial flavors—which makes a huge, discernible difference in the flavor profile. Crafted from 100 percent organic maple syrup and imported from family farms in Quebec, Canada, this highly-rated syrup boasts a robust, deeply delicious flavor that’s tough to beat.

This syrup is rated Grade A Dark, which means it's deeper in color than other syrups on this list, with a more robust flavor. It’s great for using as a sweet topping, in your cooking and baking, or in your morning tea or coffee—yum!

Final Verdict

Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup is our top choice because the Grade B syrup boasts a complex, robust maple flavor and thick texture. Plus, it's great for baking. For those watching their sugar or caloric intake but miss maple syrup, we recommend Lakanto Maple Flavored Sugar-Free Monkfruit Syrup. You'll get that maple flavor without as much of an aftertaste as you'd get with other sugar substitutes.

Why Trust the Spruce Eats

Justine Harrington is a freelance writer for The Spruce Eats. From beers to tacos to takeout, the travel journalist has discovered and sampled a wide variety of food and drink in her travels. In addition to compiling a list of the best maple syrups for us, Justine has also written roundups on the best jarred pasta sauces and canned soups of the year.

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