21 August 2016

Thomas Family "Special Syrup"

Every once in a while, you want a special treat for breakfast, like cinnamon rolls or candy coated clouds. But sometimes, with a busy week behind you, a full day ahead, and the semester looming, you just want something to make a more typical weekend breakfast a bit special. You want "special" without the effort "special" often requires. I have just the thing for you.

When I was growing up, we would have waffles or pancakes for weekend breakfasts with regularity. Nearly all of the time, those treats would be covered with maple syrup. But every so often, my dad would say that he was going to make "special syrup" for us to pour over our waffles. This pronouncement was met with glee! I assumed that special syrup was an occasional treat because it was labor intensive - I couldn't have been more wrong! This syrup recipe is all of the "special" with next to no effort. Instead, with three simple ingredients and about six minutes of your time, you'll be able to drench waffles in a delicious syrup with at least a three generation family history* (granted, I made mine vegan).

Served this morning with hash browns and Amy's brand vegan breakfast sausages (because Shana is obsessed with them).

This was just what I needed the weekend before my semester starts in earnest.

Thomas Family Special Syrup 
2 T. vegan butter
1/4 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. vanilla soy creamer

1. Melt butter and brown sugar in a small pot over medium heat.
2. Bring to a boil and let boil for 30-60 seconds.
3. Add the soy creamer and whisk/stir well to combine. Bring to a boil again, boiling for 30-60 seconds.

Helpful Hints
  • This syrup will soak into your waffles if both are exceptionally hot. It's still delicious, you just won't be able to see it on top. 
  • Today I one-and-one-halved the recipe, which leads to the following measurements: 3 T. butter, 6 T. brown sugar, 1 c. + 2 T. vanilla soy creamer. 
  • My guess is that you could do this with other types of non-dairy creamer, but I haven't tried. 
* My dad's mom taught him this syrup and he taught me! In my internet searching, this recipe is similar to others called "buttercream syrup," but none of them are quite like this one. This one's the best!

The post "Thomas Family Special Syrup" originally appeared on Maggie's LesVegan Kitchen.


  1. This looks so good! I have been unable to find vegan butter anywhere! Any suggestions on where I might be able to find it? Thanks!

    1. Hi Kari, the most common brand of vegan butter is Earth Balance. It's available at many major grocery stores (e.g., my local Kroger and Meijer stores in Indiana carry it). You can certainly find it at a place like Whole Foods, but my guess is that there are many other grocery stores where you can find it. If you can't find that, there are likely other margarines that are vegan - just read the ingredients and avoid things like milk, milkfat, or whey.