5 Sticky-Sweet Ways to Eat Your Pancakes

updated May 1, 2019
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Few things can beat easing into a winter day with a warm stack of fluffy pancakes. While maple syrup is the usual go-to pairing, it’s far from the only way to give your pancakes the sticky-sweet topping they deserve.

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1. Apple Cider Syrup

If you believe your stack of pancakes deserves to be topped with sticky-sweet syrup, ditch the maple for an apple-flavored upgrade. Apple cider syrup is cooked down from your favorite seasonal drink and infused with warm cinnamon spice and butter.

Get a recipe: Apple Cider Syrup

2. Yogurt

If there was ever a time to go for full-fat over nonfat yogurt, this is it. Give your pancakes the gift of a thick and ultra-creamy topping. While regular yogurt proves a delightful addition, treat pancakes to something more rich and thick, like Greek yogurt or Icelandic skyr.

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3. Pomegranate Molasses

This is how to really give pancakes an unexpected twist from traditional maple syrup. A drizzle of sticky pomegranate molasses treats your stack to an intensely flavored topping that’s more tart than sweet, and is best when balanced with a spread of butter.

4. Flavored Honey

Give your stack of pancakes a sticky-sweet topping with a generous drizzle of honey. Use this as your opportunity to break out that jar of lavender honey, spicy honey, or whatever type of flavored honey you’ve been dying to try. Or take it a step further and bring some honeycomb to the breakfast table.

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5. Jam or Fruit Compote

Jam is not just an accompaniment to toast, biscuits, and PB&J sandwiches. Along with a soft pat of butter, thick fruit compotes and spreadable jams are our favorite way to blanket a stack of warm pancakes with a sweet, fruity topping.

Get a recipe: Winter Citrus Compote

How do you top your pancakes? Are you a fan of maple syrup, or do you go for something a little different?