Rock your pancakes, waffles, and far more.

By Stacey Ballis
November 23, 2020
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I’ve always been a fan of maple syrup more as an ingredient than just straight. I mean, sure it elevates a pancake or waffle like nothing else, but for me, the complex sweetness that maple syrup can provide is something I have always loved to play with in my cooking and baking (check out this recipe for Miso Maple Butter, for example).

Enter flavored maple syrups

But recently I became aware of a new wave of flavored maple syrups hitting the market. These aren’t the artificially flavored fruity syrups you might be thinking of in giant sticky pitchers at your local pancake house. These are premium quality syrups infused with natural flavors and spices and are a serious gamechanger for both breakfast enjoyment and cooking.

Credit: Courtesy Runamok

Best flavored maple syrups

The company to seek out for the best variety and one-stop shopping is Maple Craft. With nearly a dozen flavors to choose from, including seasonal flavors for the holidays, this is a premium maple syrup that is sourced entirely from local family-owned farms. Their regular syrup is aged in bourbon barrels for a lovely slightly smoky flavor that is terrific on any stack you put out at brunch. But it is their flavored versions that really have become fun additions to my pantry.

Maple Craft offers a Hot Honey syrup that is amazing drizzled on pizza (trust me) or with hard cheeses. I found that the Ginger syrup brings both ginger heat and a bit of sweetness to my stir-fry sauces; it is especially good in Pad Thai where it boosts the ginger and delivers a caramel sweetness. For the holidays, there’s flavors like Gingerbread and Peppermint Bark, which would be ideal for your holiday breakfast, but I’m in love with the more unusual offerings like Elderberry Syrup, which is a new favorite for making glazes for fruity loaf cakes.

For some more sophisticated infused syrups, turn to Runamok. Their flavors can be exotic like Cardamom, or Makrut Lime Leaf, Jasmine Tea, or Hibiscus. I love these syrups in salad dressings and cocktails, and even to make homemade sodas or to sweeten iced tea. And the smoked chili pepper version is terrific in homemade barbecue sauces. Their bottles are gorgeous, so it is a great syrup for gifting.

(Want to try infusing your own? It’s easy! Try heating maple syrup with a split vanilla bean, a cinnamon stick, or even a hot chili pepper to boiling, then let cool and steep for up to a week.)

Ready to introduce flavored and infused syrups into your own cooking? Try swapping any one of these infused syrups in for the plain maple in these recipes.

Best flavored syrups to buy

Check out these 6 picks to get you started on your maple syrup revolution:

Buy it now: Maple Craft Elderberry Syrup ($15.99), amazon.com

Buy it now: Maple Craft Hot Honey Syrup ($13.99), amazon.com

Buy it now: Maple Craft Gingerbread Syrup ($14.99), amazon.com

Buy it now: Runamok Ginger Infused Syrup ($16.95, amazon.com

Buy it now: Runamok Hibiscus Infused Syrup ($16.95, amazon.com

Buy it now: Runamok Smoked Chili Pepper Syrup ($16.95), amazon.com