Food & Nutrition

6 of the best & tastiest maple syrups we’ve tried

Published by Finn Hayden

Maple syrup is a staple of the Canadian diet, with millions of people in the country drizzling this sweet syrup all over their food every day. The product might not be as popular as something like honey in the UK, but we've definitely started to see maple syrup stocked more frequently in our local supermarkets. And we think it deserves this growth in popularity - maple syrup has a lower glycemic index than sugar, but is still a great way to add a little sweetness to your meals.

We thought it would be useful to try and round up the best maple syrup that you can buy in the UK. Let's get into it:

St Lawrence Gold Organic

If you're looking for the quintessential maple syrup with a rich, caramel flavour, then in our opinion it doesn't get much better than this maple syrup from St Lawrence Gold. Winner of a 2022 Great Taste award, this product goes perfectly with pancakes and other sweet dishes, but also works well with meat and vegetables. This syrup is certified organic by the Soil Association and is also produced in a sustainable way. Learn more and buy it here - amazon.co.uk
St Lawrence Gold

Clarks Pure Canadian Maple Syrup

There is actually a popular syrup from Clarks which is a blend of maple syrup and fruit syrup, but we much prefer this pure Canadian maple syrup from the brand. Made using Grade A maple tree sap from Quebec, this maple syrup is 100% pure and natural. We loved the amber colour and the rich taste, and much prefer it to the blended syrup from Clarks. Plus, we love that it comes in a squeezy bottle (all of the other options in this guide come in a glass bottle). Learn more and buy it here - sainsburys.co.uk
Clarks pure Canadian

Buckwud

This maple syrup from Buckwud was the winner of a 'Great Taste' award back in 2020, and we think if you're looking for a great all-around maple syrup then it's an excellent option. It has the classic caramel butter taste with a hint of smokey notes, and tastes great drizzled over everything from pancakes to waffles. This product is also certified organic by the Soil Association. Learn more and buy it here - tesco.com
Buckwud Organic Maple Syrup

Waitrose Duchy Organic Canadian Maple Syrup

Regular readers of our guides won't be surprised to see Waitrose in this guide as we're so often impressed by the food products from Waitrose, and this maple syrup is no exception. As noted on the Waitrose website, the sap used to make this maple syrup comes from Canadian maple trees which are grown without the use of artificial chemicals or fertilisers. This is a medium maple syrup which doesn't taste as rich as some of the darker maple syrups we've included in this guide, but that actually makes it perfect for drizzling over things like porridge, where you don't want the taste to be too overpowering. Learn more and buy it here - waitrose.com
Waitrose maple syrup

St Lawrence First Tapped

The other maple syrup that we were really impressed by from the St Lawrence brand is the First Tapped syrup, which is more expensive but a really excellent product. This actually has a lighter taste compared to the Gold maple syrup from St Lawrence, which makes it more suitable for drizzling over salads and for other instances where you don't want the taste of the syrup to be too overpowering. The sap which produces this syrup comes from maple trees in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region of Quebec, and the sap is harvested at the beginning of the maple syrup harvest. This is what gives the syrup a lighter taste and colour. So if you're looking for maple syrup to use in a savoury recipe, this is an excellent choice. Learn more and buy it here - hollandandbarrett.com
St Lawrence first tapped maple syrup

Tesco Finest

The Tesco Finest maple syrup was the only other supermarket option that we felt could rival Waitrose, and what really impressed us about the Tesco maple syrup is that you can choose from 2 options - a standard Grade A amber maple syrup, and a Grade A dark maple syrup. The amber maple syrup works perfectly when drizzled over anything sweet, and we think the darker syrup is better suited for use with savoury dishes. It's really impressive to have both options from Tesco, and they're well-priced too. Learn more and buy them here - tesco.com
Tesco Finest maple syrup

We hope this guide helps you to find an excellent maple syrup to drizzle over pancakes or use in a savoury dish. Let us know if you've tried any of these or if you have any other recommendations for us to try.

Finn is the editor of You Well and has been writing about travel, health, and more for over 10 years.

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