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Syrups For Pancakes: Which One To Choose?

For many people, pancakes – are the best breakfast-solution. However, “Not by pancakes alone”! Oatmeal, waffles, yogurt, cottage cheese, cereals are the fine start of the day as well. The mentioned meals are not only quick and filling, but also have one thing in common – they all go well with syrups for pancakes.


There is a wide range of different syrups for pancakes standing side by side on long shelves in shops and supermarkets. If this product is on your grocery list, then, probably, you have your favorite one, which you usually give your preference to.

Perhaps, among syrups, you get used to, are two widely consumed types – pancake syrup and maple syrup. Though these two are syrups, which add a splash of flavor to our everyday meals, they couldn’t be more different.


Despite the question above, it is easier to answer: “What is the similarity?”. And the answer is – only the color. Nevertheless, let’s go through this matter one more time from the very beginning.

  1. Ingredients. To start with, maple syrup is a mono-product, which consists of maple tree sap only. During the boiling down process, maple sugars concentrating and caramelize, resulting in distinctive characteristics of pure maple syrup flavor. Unlike natural maple syrup, pancake syrup is usually made from HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) with preservatives, coloring, and flavoring adding to make it look similar to maple syrup.
  2. Taste. Both syrups are sweet for sure. However, if to look deeper, the one, who has ever tried real maple syrup, would easily distinguish it from pancake syrup. We all have unique taste perception, but if we try to describe maple syrup taste, we would use such words as complex, deep, multilayered, woody and fruity at the same time. On the other hand, pancake syrup, which also has a lot of admirers among eaters, obtained its flavor characteristics due to the additional ingredients and that is why some people notice an artificial aftertaste.
  3. Nutritious value. Of course, both kinds of syrups for pancakes are the sugary treat and we can’t determine them as completely healthy. Nevertheless, maple syrup is much better to complement your favorite dishes. To make our point, according to studies, maple syrup provides our body with important antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which help the immune system and improve skin condition. Pancake syrup, unfortunately, has none of it.
  4. Cost. Pancake syrup is much cheaper than the original maple syrup is. We know, we did not reinvent the wheel by saying this. However, there are several good reasons to estimate such a price.

Maple syrup manufacturing is a highly time and effort consuming process. To produce just a quart of pure maple syrup, the producer starts with tapping trees in winter, continues with collecting the sap and finishes with reducing the product from more than 10 gallons of sap to the initial quart. That is why the tough vendors’ work results in higher costs.

Another thing about maple syrup – it is more intense and much thicker than pancake syrup. It allows us to use less of it in our food and enjoy it longer!

The quality of our everyday food results in our life quality. It is always up to the person what final choice to make. The most important thing to be informed about product characteristics we add to our meals. We hope, you picked up some interesting details from the article and next time you go shopping, you will take a fresh look at shelves with syrups!

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