Last Updated on April 20, 2022
Today, we’re going to be answering the question: is pancake syrup gluten free? And taking a look at the best gluten-free pancake syrup brands – and even how to make your own! Pancake syrup doesn’t just pair perfectly with pancakes, it’s also great with waffles, French toast, and just about any breakfast food. But is it gluten-free? Let’s take a look.
What Is Pancake Syrup?
You may think that pancake syrup and maple syrup are the same things – however, that is not the case. Maple syrup is just made from pure maple. Whereas pancake syrup is made from corn syrup and an artificial maple extract. While they taste very similar, pancake syrup is a much cheaper alternative to maple syrup and is also perfect for pouring onto pancakes.
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Ingredients In Pancake Syrup
Ingredients will differ depending on which brand you’re using. But typically, the most common ingredients in pancake syrup are:
- corn syrup
- high fructose corn syrup
- artificial maple flavor extract
- caramel color
- natural and artificial flavors
What Are The Types Of Pancake Syrup?
The most popular syrup when it comes to pancakes is traditional pancake syrup (artificial maple flavor) and pure maple syrup. However, there are plenty of fun flavors out there! Including, blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, pineapple and so much more. If you’re making your own pancake syrup, you can simply add whatever you’d like!
Gluten Free Pancake Syrup Brands
There’s a huge selection of gluten-free brands, but these are our top picks when it comes to pancake syrups.
Pearl Milling Company
Pearl Milling Company (formerly Aunt Jemima’s) is one of the most common pancake syrup brands in the US. And good news – Pearl Milling Company confirm that their pancake syrups are not just gluten-free, but also non-GMO and low in sodium.
Pearl Milling Company offers the following gluten-free pancake syrups:
- Butter Rich
- Butter Lite
- Country Rich
You can find out more about their infamous syrups here.
Maple Grove Farms
Maple Grove Farms is another brand that offers a great selection of gluten-free pancake syrups – this time in a range of exciting flavors, with sugar-free options available too; making this brand suitable for a selection of dietary profiles.
The following Maple Grove Farms products are gluten-free:
- apricot syrup
- boysenberry syrup
- blueberry syrup
- red raspberry syrup
- strawberry syrup
- sugar-free Vermont butter flavor syrup
- sugar-free maple flavor syrup
If we take a look at their sugar-free maple syrup, it contains the following ingredients:
- cellulose gum
- natural and artificial colors
- caramel color
- sodium benzoate
- potassium sorbate
- phosphoric acid
- Acesulfame potassium
- citric acid
Walden Farms is a popular brand if you have several dietary requirements, as they have a helpful tick box guide at the side of their online store to help you identify which products are suitable for which lifestyle. Their gluten-free flavors are as follows:
- dairy-free and gluten-free caramel syrup with near-zero fat and sugar
- gluten-free vegan pancake syrup with near-zero fats, sugars, and calories
- gluten-free maple walnut flavored syrup with near-zero sugar and calories
- dairy-free blueberry syrup with low calorie and near-zero fat and sugar
- dairy-free strawberry syrup with near-zero calories, fats, and sugar
- gluten-free chocolate syrup with near-zero calories and fats
Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup does not contain any gluten ingredients. However, it does not carry a gluten-free label. This means that each product is not tested for traces of gluten, so may not be gluten-free. However, it’s widely considered safe among the gluten-free community, which is why it’s on the list! The following flavors are gluten-free:
- extra buttery
How To Make Your Own Pancake Syrup
Making your own pancake syrup couldn’t be easier! And most of the ingredients you’ll likely already have stocked in your pantry. Let’s take a look at this delicious syrup recipe from Veggie Balance.
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe are:
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1/2 teaspoon of maple extract (optional)
Now all you need to do is:
- Over medium heat, mix the sugar, brown sugar, maple extract, and water
- Ensure the syrup is on a rolling boil and boil for around 3 minutes
- Take off of heat and your pancake syrup is ready to pour
It really is that easy to make your own pancake syrup! Ready in under 5 minutes.
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I hope this article has helped to answer the question: is pancake syrup gluten-free? And give you an idea of the best gluten-free syrup brands to buy to pour over your pancakes and waffles in the morning. Or you may even want maple flavor bacon – these syrups are absolutely perfect for that! However you enjoy your syrup, you’ll be happy to know that the majority are completely gluten-free.
Do you know of any other gluten-free brands that didn’t make the list? Or want to share your own pancake syrup recipe? If so, please feel free to let me know in the comments below. Sharing is caring!
Do Syrups Have Gluten?
Typically, syrups are gluten free. If you're opting for maple syrup, it will definitely be gluten free. If you're opting for another pancake syrup, the answer becomes more hazy. This is because some brands like to add gluten to syrups to make them thicker. It's always best to read ingredients labels or check with your server if you're unsure.
What Syrup Brands are Gluten-Free?
Most syrup brands are gluten free, but the most popular brands that are gluten free are Mrs Butterworth and Pearl Milling Company. We'll be taking a closer look at these products (alongside more gluten free options) in this post.
Is Maple Syrup Gluten Free?
Yes. Maple syrup is naturally gluten free. And not just gluten free, but it's also suitable for vegans too - making it great for a variety of dietary lifestyles.
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