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DIY: How I Save Money with Homemade Maple Syrup

I’m all about saving money, and I like do-it-yourself options, especially if they are quick and easy. We go through maple syrup at an alarming rate in our household.  In the 9 months I have been couponing, I have yet to see a great deal for syrup in the store.

While digging through a box of family recipes, I found one for the easiest homemade syrup ever.  It is way cheaper than the cheapest generic, plus you get to decide what flavor! To top it off, this was faster to make than the pancakes. And when you have a toddler hanging on each leg demanding breakfast and are out of syrup, this is a lifesaver!

Maple Syrup

  • 1 cup white sugar.
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar.
  • 1 cup water.
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring.

Boil until dissolved and you are done.

I sometimes also add a teaspoon of butter pecan in addition to the maple, or pretty much any flavoring your heart desires. Once it has cooled I just pour it back into an old syrup bottle. I’m sure you could convert some of the sugar to splenda and even use real Maple extract instead of imitation if you wanted. Try it out and play around with it.


Sugar: $0.56/lb Winco bulk – 2 cups of sugar per lb = $0.28
Brown Sugar: $0.69/lb Winco bulk – 2 ½ packed cups per lb = $0.28
Maple Flavoring: $3.28 for 2 oz Watkins (Walmart) which would be 12 tsp = $0.27
Final Price: $0.83

This has been a guest post by Sarah from Keizer, OR
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37 thoughts on “DIY: How I Save Money with Homemade Maple Syrup”

  1. I have been making my own maple syrup like this since my mom taught me when I was a kid. Homemade syrup is 10X better than the best store bought syrup (not including real maple). I have never tried it with the brown sugar though. Thanks for the tip. 

  2. Gayla Gavin says:

    Thanks for the recipe.  I didn’t check, but I wonder how the opinions stack out by region?  Just curious because I didn’t have real maple syrup until I was in my 20s (and then found I don’t much care for it) and I’m from the deep south where, unless you buy it expensively in a grocery store, you didn’t often find it because Sugar Maples need a colder climate.  I grew up eating Log Cabin (still my fave. LOL) on pancakes. One grandmother even served her biscuits with butter and a jar of Karo syrup…yummy.

    • Same here gayla I thought that maple syrup meant maple flavored and came in a bottle from the local grocery.  Also to my Meme (grandma) served her biscuits like that or with sogrum molases and butter…YUM, it makes my mouth water and makes my heart sink too cause I miss her so.  God bless good ol’ country grannies and their cookin!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Your name is maple2323…lol :)

  4. Anonymous says:

    Warm it up before serving and stir if needed and the sugar crystals dissolve. You can make it with just white sugar too, I find the flavor is less strong and we prefer it that way. Always use a two to one ratio ex. 2 cups sugar to 1 cup water and flavor to your liking. I use a tupperware container with a pour lid and store it in the refrigerator and warm it before we use it, my family balks if it’s not warm and it makes their pancakes get cold. 

    • Anonymous says:

      I’ve also added cooked berries to the simple syrup instead of maple flavoring for a great berry syrup. It’s great on crepes.

  5. I make this all the time and my family loves it!! While I appreciate others comments on it not being “real” maple syrup, when you have a large family you just can’t afford the real stuff. I just keep mine in a mason jar in the fridge and warm it in the microwave as needed.

  6. Unless you ARE a maple tree, you can’t make maple syrup.  The artificial stuff is simply not the same.  And doesn’t have the healthy benefits mentioned previously.  My husband would flip his lid if I tried to serve this stuff to him!

  7. You can also make your own brown sugar and save even more! ;)

  8. You can also make your own brown sugar and save even more! ;)

  9. Paula LacKamp says:

    I would rather save money somewhere else!  I love REAL maple syrup!!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Well…technically this is not maple syrup.  This is maple flavored syrup.

  11. Anonymous says:

    This made me hungry for pancakes too and made me realize I that I haven’t seen any maple syrup coupons either so I did an online search and found that there is a $1/2 mfr coupon at Maple Grove’s website and just printed it. 

  12. Anonymous says:

    In my opinion, real maple syrup is worth every penny it costs extra. It’s a splurge, but definitely worth it. So much yummier, and the natural stuff is much healthier for you than artificial. 

    • DC Couponer says:

       I agree with you about maple syrup being worth every penny. but this easy recipe is a yummy substitute, and i don’t think any of the ingredients listed is artificial, imho. :-)

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you ever had your real maple syrup get moldy? I had never bought any until last year and sank $25 into a jug of it (it is made locally here in western Indiana). After only using it a couple of times and not thinking about refrigerating it, I discovered it full of mold about a month after I bought it.

      • Laura Commisso says:

        I didn’t realize this until recently, but most maple syrups say on the jar that they have to be refrigerated. I’m guessing that would help with the mold issue.

  13. I wonder if you could make it with honey..

  14. Anonymous says:


  15. Can the sugar and brown sugar be substituted with splenda?  I only ask because my daughter is diabetic and I usually buy the sugar-free syrups.

  16. Ashley Renders says:

    How long will the syrup be good for and does it go in the fridge or just in the pantry?

  17. The two differnet kinds of sugar makes for a lot.  I usually onlydo about 3/4 c. white sugar, 1 c. water and 1 t. mapeline.  So easy and the kiddos love, love it so much more than store-bought.  Thanks for your post!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Most people do not know this, but maple syrup is actually rich in anti-oxidants and is a healthier alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners.  It is rich in folic acid, vitamin B, magnesium, calcium and zinc, not to mention that it enhances the taste of our food.  Plus, the kids make everything sticky with it and it gives you something to do after they leave for school.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks :) I was wondering if real maple syrup had any nutritional value.

      • Anonymous says:

        I’ve never seen a sick Maple Tree! :-)

        • Amy Zuck says:

           Thanks for the info! Up here in the mountains we have friends who make it and I was feeling guilty for pouring it on ; )  Plus my soon to be 1yr old has just discovered he likes it lol not that any of us drown our pancakes in it : )

          • Anonymous says:

            Try this: 
            Drizzle a little maple syrup over a bowl of plain Greek yogurt mixed in with some homemade granola and fresh strawberries or blueberries. What a way to start the day!

        • Gayla Gavin says:

           Oh, I have, unfortunately.  I’ve had a couple of them die.  :-(

  19. This makes me want pancakes. Glad to see my home state represented in couponing.