When is an A grade not necessarily better than a C or D?
When you’re taking about maple syrup, Grade A doesn’t mean it’s better.
A is the lightest in color and flavor, B is stronger, with C and D being darker and much more flavorful.
Another way to remember is:
A -for “atop” of foods like ice cream, waffles etc.
B -for baked goods where you way want a stronger maple flavor.
C- for commercial food production. You hardly see it in the retail stores.
D -think darkest, mostly used to add maple flavor to meats.