In the UK Pancake Day is on February 28th, whilst in the US Americans don’t need an actual day to buy pancake syrups, it is pretty much part of their breakfast routine. So much so that on average, around $400 million dollars is spent annually in the US just on pancake syrups.
Over in the UK, we tend to just sprinkle our pancakes with a little sugar and lemon juice, but that wouldn’t go down well in the States. Pancake syrup is used, not just for pancakes, but waffles, French toast and a variety of other sweet desserts.
Many people opt for pancake syrups because the alternative, maple syrup, is much more expensive. Maple syrup is a natural product, made from taking the sap from maple trees and boiling it. Some pancake syrups attain a maple syrup taste by using corn syrup flavoured with dark sugars. Corn syrup is easily obtained and therefore cheaper to produce.
In taste tests, products such as Aunt Jemima and Log Cabin consistently come out on top, but which ones did our testers like?
Here are the results:
Despite containing no maple syrup, this Original syrup from Log Cabin rates highly amongst customer reviews for having a rich, maple syrup taste. Does not contains high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which have been linked to obesity, and has a thick consistency, making it one of our top pancakes syrups.
Sweet and buttery was the consensus from our tasting panel, with a creamy consistency and a true maple syrup taste. A good pouring texture that coated the pancakes well.
If you like your pancake syrups very sweet, this one from Aunt Jemima should please you. A nice consistency when poured, although some of our testers said they felt it tasted a little unnatural, this however was what the other tasters liked. Go figure.
This pancake syrup comes in a microwaveable bottle which is a huge plus as we all want hot syrup on our pancakes. Viscosity a little runny for some people but the flavour more than makes up for it, with some saying it tasted more like maple syrup than any other syrup. Does contain high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
This is the only maple syrup on our list and it uses sugar processed from agave which gives a darker and richer flavour than white sugar. It is also supposed to be a healthier substitute for sugar. Taste-wise, this all natural product has a rich, velvety texture that is not cloyingly sweet. Contains no HSCS’s and is low-glycemic.
The cheapest pancake syrup on our tasting list and perfectly alright if you just want a burst of sweetness without paying top dollar. Didn’t really have a maple flavour and left a weird aftertaste (artificial sweetener?) in the mouth that was not altogether unpleasant.