Homemade Maple Syrup

Last Thursday night, James asked for waffles for dinner.  I'll admit, waffles are not a favorite of mine so they're rarely on the menu--but ask and ye shall receive!  I have never found the "perfect" waffle recipe so I have also lacked motivation in the waffle department knowing that most of my waffles are a disgrace.  I tried a new recipe for Belgian Waffles and have found my winner!

Anyhow, being that we so infrequently consume waffles (and even pancakes, for that matter) I didn't have any syrup on hand.  But I did have maple extract left over from my bout with the Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls--so I did what any mom would do--improvise. 

All you'll need to make a 16 oz. bottle of maple syrup is:

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp maple extract
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

In a small saucepan, bring water and sugar to a simmer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar.  Let simmer for one minute and then remove from heat.  Add extracts and stir to combine.  Voila, maple syrup!

To me, this was fantastic syrup and tasted just the same as if I had purchased it.  I normally purchase Log Cabin brand syrup because it's one of the few brands that does not use high fructose corn syrup.  At this point I also feel obligated to say that I am a "food snob" about many things--but not syrup.  I just can't stomach the cost of real maple syrup when I use it so infrequently.

How about a cost analysis?

Log Cabin syrup costs $3.49 for a 24 oz bottle. (roughly $ .14/oz)
My homemade syrup?  $1.18 for a 16 oz. bottle (roughly ($ .07/oz)

Ounce for ounce, my syrup is a better value, offering a 50% savings over the middle-of-the-road "fake" syrup.  Plus, there's the added satisfaction of knowing the ingredients and having created something from scratch! 


  1. garderseIs that my hair coloring bottle I left there, that you put maple syrup in? ha ha....just kidding! It does look like a hair coloring bottle. Smart idea all around. James probably doesn't remember but I used to run out of syrup, and had to make my own.
    Love the new look of Spartan. Keep up the good work, and good info.
    Love ya sweetie
    Kiss my lil' munchkin for me, and my son too!

  2. the comment I left had some foreign word at the front, sorry.
    It was the secret word, and it posted in front of my comment, and wouldn't let me change it.

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