3 Ingredient Pancake Syrup

I have been making my own maple syrup for years. My children have never really known store bought syrup.


This one simple pancake syrup hack has saved us countless amounts of money over the years.


I know this may not sound like a major money-saving move, but all of these little, simple, frugal changes do add up. And doing them over years, putting them all together, will help you meet your financial goals, even if that’s just surviving until the next paycheck.


I’ve been there and I know how that is, momma. You’re doing a great job!

My Pancake Syrup Method and Tips

The method is simple: just boil some sugar and water together and add in the maple flavoring. That’s it!


But there are some tricks and tips I’ve mastered over the years and I’ll share those with you.


Tip #1: Don’t boil the water and sugar together. I dump it all in the pot and then shut off the heat as soon as the water starts to bubble.


Tip#2: Stir the sugar until it’s completely dissolved and then stir for an extra minute to be sure.


These two tips work together. I have found that if you skip one of these, then when the syrup has cooled and sits in your fridge for a bit, it will crystallize. This is hard to clean and wastes the syrup, because you cannot eat the hardened parts. If you take the extra time to thoroughly stir the water, this won’t happen. I stir until it looks like water again.


Tip #3: It matters what kind of flavoring you buy. I always buy the kind that is made for homemade pancake syrup. Yes, it’s a little expensive up front, around $5-7, but you’ll get many many batches of syrup from it. Do not buy the maple flavoring that’s for cakes and frosting.


Tip #4: This pancake syrup is very thin. If you’re used to store bought pancake syrup, you may not like the texture of this. We don’t mind it because it’s all we know. My children have never complained. If it really bothers you, you can add in some corn syrup. I don’t do this, so I can’t really speak to it, but try it out and see what you think.

The Recipe:

2 cups sugar

1 cup water

1/2 tsp maple flavoring


A printable recipe is included below.

Add the sugar into your sauce pan.

Add the water.

Stir until sugar is dissolved and water is clear.

Add the maple flavoring.

This is the brand I buy.

Pancake syrup is done!

I store mine in a mason jar in the fridge. It will keep for several weeks that way.

That’s it!


Super easy and so simple! You will save so much money on your pancake syrup, which adds up over time.


I also add this to my coffee recipes. It’s delicious in iced coffee!


I hope this has helped you in some way. Thank you for being here!

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