Homemade Maple Flavored Syrup Recipe

Cooking from scratch is one of the best ways I have found to save money on food. Many think that cooking from scratch is for meals only. Making your own condiments, however, is a great way to save money. Take for instance maple syrup. Pure maple syrup is around $6 for an 8 ounce bottle. Fake maple syrup is much cheaper at around $3-4 per bottle, usually 16 ounces. The problem with fake maple syrup is it is almost all high fructose corn syrup, which is about the worst kind of sugar to put in your body.

Making your own maple syrup is better for you than the fake syrup and it is much cheaper than real maple syrup or fake store bought syrup. There are 11.5 cups of sugar in a 5 pound bag of sugar. Maple syrup uses 2 cups of sugar. At $2 per 5 pound bag, that breaks down to just over $.17 per cup, or $.34 to make a 16 ounce batch of syrup. Maple extract (I use imitation, because I can not find the pure maple extract at any of the stores here, but I used the pure maple extract in CO and it was only about $1 more per bottle) comes in small bottles, however you only need a small amount. I estimate about $.50 worth of maple extract per batch of syrup. Total for homemade syrup is $.84.

Here are the easy directions. Combine 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan and stir to dissolve, while heating to a boil. After the sugar dissolves add 1/2 tsp of maple extract and stir it in well. When it boils, turn the heat down just enough to keep it boililng, but not boiling over. Boil for 3 minutes. Let cool and store in old syrup jugs.

It really couldn't be easier to make your own maple syrup, and it is much cheaper and better for you than store bought. Enjoy!

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19 comments

jezzyBelle 9 years ago

hifructose corn syrup is POISON. thx for the recipie.


jewel1216 9 years ago

Thank you so much for this post. I shudder every time I purchase the "fake" syrup, but cannot afford the real syrup right now. I am so excited to try this recipe!


Terri 9 years ago

Try it


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Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

this is the recipe I have used for years..the other thing you can do is to change the syrup flavors with different flavorings. :) My kids like strawberry banana!


Dr. Laser 8 years ago

Hi Jennifer,

I agree that high fructose corn syrup is a bad thing, but may I suggest that if you are lucky enough to live in the Northeast, you can actually make your own real maple sugar. Its surprisingly easy. If you can boil water you can do it. Here's a site that tells you how: http://www.massmaple.org/myo.html My kids love it. And its the real deal.


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Jennifer 8 years ago Author

Thanks for the link Dr Laser, it looks great and I might try it this year.


Shauna 7 years ago

how do you keep your syrup from going sugary. Do you keep it in the fridge after you make it. How long will it keep


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Jennifer 7 years ago Author

Shauna, I just store mine in old syrup bottles in a cabinet. Usually we use it so fast that it doesn't have time to get sugary. good luck!


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kappa022 7 years ago from Florida

My grandmother used to make homemade maple syrup, never had any better!


bloodylipstick 7 years ago from San Antonio, TX

i just made this and it turned out GREAT!!! i even put strawberry and banana flavorings in it to jazz it up a bit as marye audet suggested!


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Tigermadstanley 7 years ago from Canterbury, Kent, UK

Thanks for sharing this. I love being able to make my own condiments and ingredients, mixes etc from scratch. It isn't just more frugal but also healthier as they don't contain all the additives.


The Comment 7 years ago

great recipe


Heather 6 years ago

Hey wel our fam dose this every year and this will rreally help!!!!!!! THANKS!!!!!!!!


Jackie 6 years ago

Here is the Maple Flavor we use for this recipe. My kids love it. We don't like using the imitation flavors.



Cassie 6 years ago

I would like to discourage people from using artificial flavorings in this recipe. Most are made from petrol chemicals and other synthetic substances. POISON This is a great way to avoid high fructose corn syrup too. HFCS is slowly killing us.(along with everything else)


ACW 6 years ago

I did the math, figuring 1 fl oz = 6 tsp, and thought I'd share:

Here in NC, imitation maple is $3.99 for a 1 oz. bottle... or enough to make this recipe 12 times, at about 36 cents (including the tax).

The natural maple Jackie linked is a *2 oz.* bottle at $6.95 (with free shipping), so even with my state's tax added, it would be 31 cents per 1/2 tsp.


trey 6 years ago

Some posts back someone was asking how to keep homemade syrup from getting sugary chunks after a while...It's simple. Just use one cup brown sugar with one cup whit sugar (instead of 2 cups white sugar). This also gives it a more rich flavor!

Also, use a little butter flavoring to give it a nice touch!


Beth in MI 4 years ago

Everyone knows this stuff is not *real* maple syrup, right?

Pure maple syrup is created by boiling sap collected from sugar maples. A lot more work than a recipe! Just wanted to make sure you guys understood! :)

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