Have you seen the price of those bottles of fancy flavored syrups?! They are ex-pen-sive. Especially when you consider what is in them – water, sugar, & flavoring. Oh, and preservatives & needless additives – that must be why they’re so pricey. Instead of spending an arm & a leg on a bottle of vanilla syrup, use that salvaged arm to stir up some home-made!
I’m a little bit obsessed with homemade gifts. Partly because it is really difficult to shop with 3 children in tow. Partly because it is difficult to know what someone wants specifically. Partly because I hate the idea of getting a person something they won’t use & don’t like. Partly because I have a frugal streak & making things is often less expensive than buying something. Mostly, though, because I want the person receiving the gift to know how much they mean to me. I feel that if I use my hands to put time, effort, thought, and a little sweat into something, it will better reflect my heart. This vanilla syrup, presented in a glass bottle with a bow, is a great gift to give – for all of the above reasons! Plus, it tastes REALLY good 🙂
Using just 3 ingredients, which you probably have in your pantry right now, plus water, this recipe takes only 15 minutes of active cook time & is so easy, you’re almost guaranteed to not screw it up. Always a bonus in my book.
Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.
You’ll start by mixing your sugars & water in a saucepan & heating it until you reach a simmer. Then cook it for 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to cook your sugar too much or it will start to become candy, instead of stay a syrup. If you’re unsure, cook it a little less rather than more. Also be careful not to let it boil over – very sticky to clean up! Let it cool, add your vanilla, and Voila! Homemade Vanilla Syrup in a flash (well, in a simmer).
This syrup is great in coffee or espresso beverages, or my favorite way to use it is in some Homemade Cream Soda! Tasty, tasty. And if you’re in more of a spicy mood, try this Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup!! It’s a great way to add Fall flavors to your coffee, pancakes, or ice cream.