Sunday, April 29, 2012

NatSprat's Homemade Maple Syrup

It's Sunday, so I have pancakes on the brain. Every Sunday after church, we have some sort of a lunch usually requiring maple syrup. Waffles...french toast...pancakes...things like that. So we go through A LOT of syrup! Personally, I'm not a big fan of the imitation syrups like Mrs. Buttersworth or Aunt Jemimah. It's mostly high fructose corn syrup and the texture is SUPER sticky and borderline slimy. I like the REAL stuff. The stuff that is so dang expensive that you cringe as your kids drown their pancakes in it. Know what I'm saying? 

A few years ago I found an alternative to the expensive maple syrup (though you wouldn't be able to taste the difference!). It's SOOOOO much cheaper (around .50 cents per filled syrup bottle!!!) and it's way better than pouring flavored high fructose corn syrup all over your french toast. Want to know my secret?

It's this WONDERFUL thing called Mapeline Imitation Maple Flavor. You can find it at most grocery stores or Walmart. It's about $4 and will make 24 pints of maple syrup!

Want to make your own syrup? It's SO easy!


Bring 1 cup of water to a boil
add 1 cup brown sugar
  1 cup regular sugar
1/2 tsp. Mapeline

Stir it until the sugar is dissolved.
That's it!

This stuff is a staple at our house! It tastes SO good and is a great way to save some grocery money... and not have to cringe when your kids pour their own syrup. ;)

7 people leaving some love!:

Kathy said...

I am so happy you posted this recipe! I've made homemade syrup before, but the recipes I've tried have called for corn syrup and I don't love the consistancy of it. I bet this is fantastic!

Chrystal's Corner said...

Brilliant! Thanks for sharing. I too cringe every time I go to buy syrup because I hate to buy the imitation stuff but can't bring myself to splurge on the real stuff. Definitely going to try this:)

Bonnie Sotelo Schoos said...

Yum! Any tips for storing it?

Natalie said...

Bonnie, I store it in the fridge in an empty maple syrup bottle! :)

Sarah @ This Crazy Blessed Life said...

I missed this post! I'm glad you reposted about it being featured :)

I'm soooo doing this! I hate paying $4-5 per bottle of the Aunt Jemima/Mrs Butterworth stuff!

Anonymous said...

Tried the recipe on the back of the box a few weeks ago (all white sugar) - the kids didn't like it. It was too watery. I contemplated reheating it to steam off some of the water but I really like your idea of adding brown sugar! Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

You gotta have some perks in life!

I don't mind the expense of the real maple syrup at all. My son has food sensitivity ADHD --he reacts to artificial colors, flavors and petroleum based preservatives. The native Americans fed their kids maple sugar candy to calm them! Yes, it really works.

But nice to find a corn syrup free recipe to help my girl friend on a very tight budget.