You would think that all brands of maple syrup is gluten free, but unfortunately they are not. Besides answering this question, I share with you my opinion of Vermont pure maple syrup. I never knew what all the fuss was about until now. Meanwhile, learn how to easily shop for gluten free maple syrup, how they are graded and more.
First Some Basics
You never know why a manufacturer will not make a gluten free claim. It can be their uncertainty. Perhaps they manufacture other gluten-containing products in the same plant. They may not want to wipe down their machines between batches. The transportation trucks may carry gluten grains. Then there’s the simplistic answers: they either contain gluten or it’s a legal liability they are not willing to take.
How to Shop for Gluten Free Maple Syrup
Be sure to purchase “Pure” maple syrup. As brands that are not “pure” contain additional ingredients. Not only are most of the other ingredients unhealthy, such as corn syrup, they may contain gluten. If a brand of maple syrup does not contain a gluten free statement on its label, look for a brand that only contains one ingredient, maple syrup. However, there are brands that are gluten free that do contain more than one ingredient.
Vermont Gluten Free Maple Syrup
I recently ran across Nob Hill Trading Vermont Pure Maple Syrup at my local Raley’s grocery store. I wanted to know what all of the hype was about. Vermont syrup is expensive, but is it worth it? Absolutely! I was floored by how good it was. I topped my Classic Gluten Free Waffles Recipe with some Earth Balance (vegan/dairy-free) Buttery Spread and then with Nob Hill Trading Vermont Pure Maple Syrup. Together, they created a caramel flavor that I was mmmmmm’ing over. It is lighter in color than typical “pure” maple syrup and is a bit thicker. Just fantastic!
I searched online to find the manufacturer. To my surprise, it is manufactured by Raley’s, who also owns Nob Hill stores. You can read about the syrup
Cost & Grade
Unfortunately, the best syrup I’ve ever tasted is not inexpensive. You get a little over 8 ounces for about $10. Since I don’t use maple syrup often, I suppose I’ll continue to splurge on it for now. The bottle alone is gorgeous, and probably costly for them to use. However, you can find less expensive gluten free maple syrup. You also pay for the Grade of the syrup. Nob Hill brand is Grade A. The sub grade is Fancy, meaning it has a light amber color.
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food and Markets uses a different, but similar system than the United States grading system. It is based upon color, especially for the lighter syrups. They use “AA”, “A”, etc. The Vermont grading system has slightly higher standards for the density of the syrup. The base it upon the Baumé scale.
Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Nob Hill brands or Raley’s, whatsoever.
Other Brands of Gluten Free Maple Syrup
I am sure you will find 100% Pure Maple Syrup in a store near you, but if you want something special, check out the below Amazon links. I am affiliated with Amazon.