Homemade Breakfast Syrup Recipe

My latest thrifty discovery is a recipe for homemade breakfast syrup.

A kind reader (thanks, Kim!) shared this frugal find:

50-cent Breakfast Syrup

2 C Sugar.
1 C water
1-2 T Corn Syrup (if you have it)
Pinch Salt
1/2 tsp. Adam’s Best Imitation Maple Flavor
  1. Bring the water, sugar, corn syrup (if using) and salt to a boil. Continue boiling for one minute.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. Add extract, stir.
  4. Refrigerate leftovers.
*Makes about a pint of syrup. I think it costs about 50 cents, or at least it did six months ago when I priced it. The corn syrup raises the cost a bit, but it keeps the sugar from re-crystalizing, so it is worth it if you are going to store some for more than a week.

If your kids are picky eaters like mine, syrup is a must. Consider the ingredients in typical store-bought syrup:

Water, sorbitol, cellulose gum, natural and artificial flavors, salt, sucralose, sodium benzoate, phosphoric acid, acesulfame potassium… and the list goes on. Sounds appetizing, huh?

A bottle of Mrs. Butterworth’s averages $2.89 at the grocery store, so why not simply make your own? It’s not only frugal, but healthier too!

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About Alyssa Francis

A thirty-something wife and mother of four! Two daughters by birth, one son by marriage, and a sweet baby boy born in April of 2009. Oldest sister of four girls raised by a single mom. California native. Grew up in Hawaii. Somehow ended up in North Texas. Once a single mom. Former agnostic. A survivor of abuse and addiction. Forgiven by a great big God. Married to my best friend.


  1. Yum. I could have used this for my son’s b-day pancakes this morning!

  2. I might have to try that. It’s always a crisis around here when we run out of syrup

  3. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates says:

    I am gonna do this. Thanks!

  4. Courtney says:

    This is great. I’m going to give it a try.

  5. nessatxmom says:

    I will be trying this!

  6. Alyssa @ KeepingTheKingdomFirst says:

    Wow, I started a whole syrup movement! Let’s put High Fructose corn syrup out of business!

  7. Awesome! We just did pancakes this morning-can’t wait to give this a try…TFS!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I have been making this for about 6 months and it tastes just like the best pancake syrup you could buy, cheap to make, I always have the ingredients on hand. Aldi’s has corn syrup cheap and it comes in a big jar, lasts a long time in the refrigerator. We got thru alot of syrup, 6 people eating it, so it was a blessing discovering this recipe, that way, I never run out.

  9. Janelle Burke says:

    Oh THANK YOU THANK YOU! I am just starting out couponing and making things on my own. So far I have made bread, dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent successfully! This like an answer to prayers! :)

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