Cooking Tips

Guidance for getting the most out of maple syrup in your cooking and baking

Cooking with maple syrup

The nutty, vanilla-like flavour of maple syrup lends itself to so many recipes.

From indulgent desserts like American pancakes to sauces, rubs and glazes for poultry, meat, seafood and vegetables, pure maple syrup is such a versatile and fun ingredient to cook with.

Whether you regularly use maple syrup or are cooking with it for the first time, there are some important things to be aware of to ensure you get the most out of your culinary creations.

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Maple syrup grades

You may be surprised to hear that there are actually four different grades of maple syrup — golden, amber, dark and very dark — with each having its own distinctive colour and flavour.
The lighter grades are harvested at the start of the tree tapping season and are described as having a more delicate flavour, while the darker grades collected at the end of the season are known for having a stronger taste.
The lighter grades are often used as a finishing touch to drizzle over desserts while the darker ones are generally mixed into sauces and glazes where the flavour needs to be carried through to the finished dish.


Learn more about the maple syrup grades below.

Cooking with maple syrup

Maple syrup is often used in recipes as a natural and healthier alternative to other sweeteners like table sugar, honey and golden syrup.

Generally, pure maple syrup can be substituted for other liquid sweeteners in a 1:1 ratio, however when using granulated sweeteners like table sugar you will need to reduce the amount of maple.

Maple syrup vs sugar

Maple syrup serves as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to refined sugars, with studies suggesting the natural sweetener is better for your cardiometabolic health.

If you’re looking to replace table sugar with maple syrup in a recipe, you should use ¾ cup of maple syrup for every full cup of sugar.

You should also reduce the quantity of other liquid ingredients in the recipe by about ¼ cup and lower the baking temperature by 10°C.

Learn more about the differences between maple syrup and sugar below.

Maple syrup vs honey

Maple syrup and honey are two popular sweeteners that are often used as natural alternatives to table sugar.

The two liquid sweeteners have similar textures, and can therefore be substituted for one another in a 1:1 ratio.

As a completely natural ingredient, maple syrup serves as an excellent vegan substitute for honey.

Learn more about the differences between maple syrup and honey below.

Maple syrup vs golden syrup

As two thick, amber-coloured liquids with similar names, maple syrup and golden syrup are often confused with one another.

However, there are a number of important differences between the two sweeteners, namely in terms of taste and nutritional value.

Golden syrup and maple syrup can be substituted in a 1:1 ratio, however you may choose to use slightly less maple syrup to maintain the same consistency.

Learn more about the differences between maple syrup and golden syrup below.

Storing maple syrup

If you have some maple syrup that you plan on using in your cooking or baking, you’ll be glad to hear that a bottle can last up to a year after being opened with proper storage.

Storing an opened bottle of maple syrup in the fridge will help to preserve freshness for six months to a year, and you can always store the bottle in the freezer if you need it to last longer.

Learn more about the best ways to store maple syrup below.

Did you know?

Québec exports its maple products to more than 50 countries

Everywhere it goes, consumers of all ages appreciate maple’s unique flavour.

Scientists are studying maple’s potential health benefits

Studies now underway include those on the antioxidant properties of the polyphenols naturally present in maple syrup, with a recent study indicating that maple syrup is better for cardiometabolic health than refined sugar.

Maple syrup can be used as a sugar substitute in most recipes

In cake and most dessert recipes, for each 250ml (1 cup) of syrup used, simply reduce the stipulated amount of liquid (water, milk, juice, etc.) by 60ml (1/4 cup).

Hundreds of Delicious Recipes

Maple is a special addition to any recipe, from starters and snacks to sumptuous desserts. Find one that’s perfect for you, your family and friends.