Last Updated on March 30, 2022
Today, we’re going to be answering the question: is Aunt Jemima syrup gluten free? And taking a look at some of the leading brands of gluten-free pancake syrup that you may like to try. Now, pancakes are delicious by themselves, but adding syrup just makes them even sweeter (excuse the pun!). Is there anything more decadent than a stack of pancakes or waffles with pancake syrup poured all over? I think not!
But is pancake syrup typically gluten-free? Let’s take a look.
Is Aunt Jemima Syrup Gluten Free?
According to The Gluten Free Bar, Aunt Jemima Pancake Syrup is considered gluten-free. And receives a 9/10 in terms of safety of consumption, when following a gluten-free diet. It’s important to note that although this product contains no gluten-containing ingredients, the product does not make any gluten-free claims.
This means that it may have been a victim of cross-contact. Cross contact is when a product that contains no gluten comes into contact with gluten during processes such as preparation or storage methods. As they cannot guarantee this hasn’t happened, they can not claim that their product is gluten-free; just that it contains no gluten ingredients.
Gluten Free Pancake Syrup
It may surprise you, how many brands are actually certified gluten-free or make gluten-free claims. Being gluten intolerant or having celiac disease is becoming increasingly popular – not because more people have it, simply because the diagnosis speed and process are so much better now.
Let’s take a look at some of the top gluten-free brands.
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Maple Grove Farms
One of the most easily accessible gluten-free pancake syrups is Maple Grove Farms. You’ll find them in almost every grocery store and they come in a huge selection of flavors. Their gluten-free flavors include:
- Apricot Syrup
- Blueberry Syrup
- Boysenberry Syrup
- Red Raspberry Syrup
- Strawberry Syrup
- Sugar-Free Syrup (Maple Flavor)
- Sugar-Free Syrup (Vermont Butter Flavor)
- Organic Pure Maple Syrup (Amber Color)
- Pure Maple Syrup, Grade A Golden Color, Delicate Taste
- Pure Maple Syrup, Grade A Amber Color, Rich Taste
You can find full information on their full range here. You can pick up the Sugar-Free Maple Flavor Syrup for around $2.50 in Walmart. Not only is it gluten-free, but it’s also kosher.
Another brand that offers a range of flavors, which are all gluten-free (as well as sugar and fat-free) is Walden Farms. Their flavors include:
- Chocolate Syrup with Near-Zero Calories and Fats (Gluten-Free)
- Caramel Syrup with Near-Zero Fat and Sugar (Gluten and Dairy Free)
- Vegan Pancake Syrup with Near-Zero Fats, Sugar, and Calories (Gluten-Free)
- Maple Walnut Flavored Syrup with Near-Zero Calories and Sugar (Gluten-Free)
- Dairy-Free Blueberry Syrup with Low Calorie and Near Zero Fat & Sugar (Gluten-Free)
- Dairy-Free Strawberry Syrup with Near-Zero Calories, Fat, and Sugar (Gluten-Free)
These syrups are quite expensive, at around £5 a bottle. However, they have some great selection packs of 6 different syrups for £26.99. You can find that particular bundle here.
A brand that you’ll likely see in stores that carries a gluten-free label is Vermont Maid. While it doesn’t have a range of flavors, and only comes in Original, it’s one of the easiest gluten-free syrups to obtain in the US. And one the cheapest too, at around $2 a bottle. Not only is it gluten-free, but it’s also kosher too.
Vermont Maid Original Syrup contains the following ingredients:
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Corn Syrup
- Natural & Artificial Maple Flavor
- Cellulose Gum
- Caramel Color
- Sodium Benzoate
- Sorbic Acid
It’s worth noting that most pancake syrups will have almost identical ingredients, but with those that carry a gluten-free label, you can be sure they’ve not come into contact with gluten during manufacturing, which is you’ll usually find that products that carry a gluten-free label are more expensive than their seemingly similar alternatives.
Pancake Syrup Recipe
If you’re looking to make your own pancake syrup, it’s one of the easiest recipes to follow, requires very few ingredients, and takes no time at all. For this recipe, the ingredients you’ll need are:
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
- a pinch of salt
Combine all of the above ingredients in a microwave-safe dish until mixed well. Microwave for around 45 seconds and stir well. Place back in the microwave for a further 45 seconds. Remove when the mixture is boiling (it may need a little longer). Stir well. And your pancake syrup is ready to be poured!
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I hope this has helped to answer the question: is Aunt Jemima’s syrup gluten-free? And helped you to become more familiar with the best gluten-free brands available. If you’re buying pure maple syrup, it’s naturally gluten-free and completely safe. However, if it’s artificial syrup, it’s always best to check the ingredients labels, as gluten can be found almost anywhere.
Do you have your own gluten-free pancake syrup recipe? Or know of any other gluten-free pancake syrup brands? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring! Writing this article has left me craving pancakes…so I’m off to make some.
What Are the Ingredients in Aunt Jemima’s Syrup?
One of the leading brands in syrup is Aunt Jemima. The ingredients in her infamous pancake syrup are: Corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, water, cellulose gum, caramel color, salt, natural and artificial flavor, sodium benzoate and sorbic acid, and sodium hexametaphosphate.
What Syrup Brands Are Gluten Free?
If you're following a gluten free diet by choice or have a mild intolerance to gluten, most syrup brands contain no gluten ingredients and will be safe. However, if you're celiac or are particularly sensitive, it may be best to opt for products that carry a gluten free label, or make gluten free claims. Don't worry, it's easier than you may think! Stores like Walmart sell several gluten free brands including Maple Grove, Walden Farms, Gefen Lite and Vermont Maid.
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