The pros: Trader Joe's Grade A Maple Syrup is a lighter maple syrup with a good flavor profile.
The cons: Nothing comes to mind.
The verdict: Trader Joe's offers lots of pancake and waffle varieties. They also offer several maple syrup varieties. However, if you are looking for fun IHOP type syrups, you'll have to shop elsewhere or make your own. For $4.99 for the eight ounce bottle this is reasonably priced. Pure maple syrup does not come cheap.
If you've listened to Food Network, you might have heard them talk about Grade B maple syrup. However, as of 2015 they have changed the grading system. I preferred Grade B. Although the lettering system made it seem to many consumers that Grade A must be better than Grade B when in fact many like the rich taste of Grade B.
Regardless of your original preference, this has a medium amber color and has full maple flavor. I grew up in a household eating Aunt Jemima. There is nothing wrong with Aunt Jemima, but it really tastes nothing like the real stuff. You don't realize how artificial it is until you have the true maple flavor.
This has more than enough flavor to cover pancakes and waffles. But it could easily glaze salmon or make for a solid BBQ sauce. In either case, I'd buy it again.
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Would I buy this again? Yes. For pure maple syrup this was reasonably priced, flavorful, and had a nice flavor.
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