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    Default Make Maple Sugar: Amber or Dark?

    When maple sugar is made is it typical to use amber or dark syrup for this or does it matter?

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    Really Depends on the syrup, some Dark Syrup will make nice sugar, some dark syrup will just turn into a sticky glob of sweet taffy almost like substance but it won't make sugar.

    Can happen with lighter grades too, best to test the Invert level of your syrup before making sugar.
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    i've always used darker syrup and haven't had any issues. probably not the case for everyone, but i've had good luck with dark robust.
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    You can use any grade of syrup as long as the invert sugar is right. I find that sugar, candy and cream made with dark syrup tastes better but doesn't look as nice.
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