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Homemade Pancake Syrup

Ever checked the label on a bottle of store-bought pancake syrup? It ain’t pretty! Unless, of course, you like high fructose corn syrup mixed with corn syrup and a few other unpronounceable words.

Real maple syrup is an excellent option, but Geeze, Louise! Have you seen the prices on those pretty glass jars?

Don’t despair! There is another healthier, won’t-break-the-bank option that you probably didn’t even know existed: homemade syrup! This stuff is super easy to make and leaves the taste of the store-bought, high fructose corn syrup concoctions in the dust.

Easy Homemade Syrup Recipe

What you’ll need:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup water

What you do:

Combine all ingredients in a boiler

Cook over medium-high heat, stirring continually.

Bring to a boil.

Continue to boil for 45 seconds to 1 minute (It’s not an exact science; just helps to thicken it up a bit.)

Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Notes & Suggestions:

The syrup is pretty thin when it’s warm, but does thicken up. Make ahead if you want thicker syrup.

This stores in the refrigerator for at least a week. (It may keep longer, but all of ours is gone before a week’s up.)

Add a tablespoon or so of butter after removing from heat for a nice buttery flavor.

The above recipe gives us enough to go with a double batch of my homemade pancakes.

Make more or less, depending on your needs. Just keep the ratios equal and it’ll be fine.

Easy Homemade Syrup Recipe

Shared with: A Dish of Daily Life, Cornerstone Confessions, 3GLOL, Creative K KidsHope in Every Season, Saving 4 Six, Faith Along the Way, Happy & Blessed HomeThe Art of Homemaking, Darling Downs Diaries, The Modest Mom, Back to the Basics, A Little R & R, Oh My Heartsie Girl, and Mom’s the Word



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Candy is a southern girl who enjoys the simple things in life. Dirt road drivin’, Sunday afternoon nappin’, back yard swingin’, and sunset watchin’ are a few of the things that make her smile. She’s been married to her best friend and the love of her life for almost 25 years and is navigating motherhood with her 4 children, aged 23, 19, 14, & 11. Homeschooling for over 18 years now, she is also a bit of a word-nerd (ok, maybe more than a “bit” – she actually considers making lists of homophones to be entertaining), a lover of books and chocolate, a survivor of cancer, an author, and a hula hoop maker.

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5 Responses to Homemade Pancake Syrup

  1. Terri Presser June 20, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    We have just started to enjoy pancakes and this syrup sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  2. Sandra June 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    I love making pancakes so I think I should end up loving making this too, Pinned

    • Candy June 16, 2015 at 6:21 am #

      Thanks for the pin, Sandra! We haven’t used store-bought syrup in years and whenever the kids have company over they always ask if we’re having the “special syrup” because they love it. 🙂

  3. lana June 9, 2015 at 12:32 am #

    Could come in handy when I run out of maple syrup (like this morning!) Cheers.

    • Candy June 9, 2015 at 11:03 am #

      Perfect timing, Iana! Glad you found the recipe. 🙂

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