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8. Pancake Syrup – My littlest sister taught me this trick. If real maple syrup is beyond the budget (which it is right now), stir up a potful of your own pancake syrup — without the high fructose corn syrup. Simply combine 1 cup hot water, 2 cups sugar and 1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring. Bring to a boil and heat until thickened.