maple syrup – it’s grade B or it’s nothing at all (A GIVEAWAY)

This giveaway is now closed!  (But there is still a ton of great info on grade B maple syrup to read!)  Congrats to Ashley B. for winning!  Email us at to claim your prize!


As recently as five years ago, if you opened my fridge, I’m chagrined to tell you you would have found a Mrs. Butterworth’s “thick & rich syrup” bottle on the door rack.

I was pretty careful about my sugar intake, even then, but I figured maple syrup was maple syrup.  And I thought I liked the taste of it.

I don’t think I once looked at the ingredients [which include high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, salt, cellulose gum, molasses, potassium sorbate (preservative), sodium hexametaphosphate, citric acid, caramel color, natural and artificial flavors].  (What?!?!?!)

I guess I just didn’t have a grasp on the effects of high fructose corn syrup on my mood, on my body, on my life.

Now, I’m not saying that HFCS was the reason I suffered bouts of depression. Or that GMOs had anything to do with my constant stomach aches. Or that preservatives had anything to do with whatever erratic behavior I was exhibiting.  Or that that extra 10 pounds I carried for 15 (+/-) years had anything to do with the fake food that made it into my diet (including “thick & rich syrup”).

I know you know I think real food is important (at least, if this isn’t your first time here, you know that).

So the fact that Maple Syrup has a higher mineral content than cane sugar (and HCFS and most other sugar substitutes), it contains antioxidants, and is a complex mix of sugars that make it easier to digest and synthesize should have been enough info for me to make the switch from “syrup” to syrup.

But it’s equally important that it taste good.

(What’s the point of eating if it doesn’t taste good?)

So making the switch to real maple syrup didn’t seem like an easy one for me.  (Remember how I said I liked the taste of Mrs. Butterworths?)

Well this is what I realized … all those years I had been trying “real maple syrup” and complaining about how watery it was … how i didn’t like the taste because it was so simple and uninteresting … guess why?  Because it was GRADE A maple syrup.

Grade A syrup is the first harvest from the trees.  It’s lighter in color.  It’s thinner in texture.  And it’s just not as good for you.  So … it doesn’t taste great, and it’s not that good for you … hmmmm … no wonder I opted for the fake stuff.

Grade B (on the other hand) is harvested later in the season.  It’s darker.  It’s more concentrated.  The sugars are more complex.

One ounce of Grade B maple syrup has more than 20% of the daily recommended amount of Manganese it it.  It helps eliminate fatty acids, is an antioxidant and has been shown to lower cholesterol.  It has Zinc (which is good for your immune system, and yet another antioxidant) and is great for heart function.  Grade B syrup is also a metabolism booster (that maple syrup, crushed red pepper and lemon cleanse works WAY better with Grade B syrup), and contains lots of vitamins (like Naicin, B5, B2, Folic Acid, B6, Biotin and Vitamin A) and amino acids (which are the building blocks of protein in our body)

And most importantly … Grade B Maple Syrup tastes fantastic!

So I am converted.

And now we use this miracle sweetener is so many recipes as a sugar-replacement.  In ice cream. Cookies. Cobblers. In nut butter. In oatmeal. And of course, on pancakes.

And to celebrate the benefits of Pure Grade B Maple Syrup … we want to share with you some AMAZING syrup harvested by James, a Wisconsin farmer who sells direct to us through our local Weston A. Price Foundation Chapter.

We’ve got a quart for one lucky reader …


To Enter:

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For additional entries (one each) you can share on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc.).  Just be sure to let us know by including that in your comment.  (Ex: “Hey guys, I’d love to win!  I also shared this on Facebook and Pinterest.” That would earn you three entries.)

Contest will be open for one week, until Wednesday June 13 at midnight.  Winner will be announced Thursday June 14 as an update to this post.

Contest is only available for U.S. residents, and will be shipped directly to you as soon as the contest ends.

This is not a sponsored post.  We just really love the stuff, and think you will too!

26 thoughts on “maple syrup – it’s grade B or it’s nothing at all (A GIVEAWAY)

  1. Also, I was wondering if I would be able to get in contact with this farmer, to see if he would sell to our Weston Price Chapter here in Missouri. Any idea?

    1. I’ll private message you the contact info for Kaelin and Rebekah (the co-chairs of our WAP Chapter). They should have his contact info for you 🙂

  2. I’ve never tried it & would love to! We still have artificial syrup in our cupboard that I am eager to replace 🙂 Shared this on facebook and pinterest. A great giveaway! 🙂

  3. Used it in the coconut almond butter recipe and I am so hooked on that stuff now!! I could eat it all day!! Love all of the recipes on here!!!

  4. I appreciate all y’alls posts. It is so refreshing to see and hear the time and effort put into your lifestyle. It is nice knowing all my goals are shared among friends 😉 VIVA maple syrup and all real food everywhere

  5. Shamefully I have Mrs. B’s on my door, but I do have the sugar free version. It’s just not the same. I have been wanting to try a TRUE maple syrup, not the “fake” stuff as I now refer to it. I, like you Abby, was shocked to see the sugar in Mrs. B’s or any other maply syrup. I would be honored to try James maple syrup here on the East Coast. Hey, if it’s this good, have him send me the form so I can try to get his product in my supermarket! 🙂

    1. I just bought some grade A syrup and was noting how thin and lacking in “maple” flavor it was. Now I know why!

  6. Forgot to add that I shared on Pinterest, facebook, and twitter. Gotta spread the maple truth! And I wouldn’t mind winning a bog ol’ tub of the stuff 🙂

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