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post #1 of 20
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just curious. im in the mood for pancakes and i have just been using powdered sugar on waffles and pancakes because im not sure if pancake syrup is vegan. which brands are vegan? is the aunt jemima one vegan (its one of the cheaper ones)?
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post #2 of 20
AFAIK, most pancake syrups are vegan.

From Aunt Jemima's website:
INGREDIENTS: CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, CELLULOSE GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, SALT, SODIUM BENZOATE AND SORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVES), ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE.

I doubt the natural flavors are animal derived, but to be absolutely sure, you could contact the company.

If you go with pure maple syrup, there is no question, that IS vegan
post #3 of 20
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just curious. im in the mood for pancakes and i have just been using powdered sugar on waffles and pancakes because im not sure if pancake syrup is vegan. which brands are vegan? is the aunt jemima one vegan (its one of the cheaper ones)?

My experience is that most are vegan (often even the buttery flavored syrups are vegan). Always read the ingredients, because some do contain dairy or other animal-derived ingredients. Look for natural syrups with only a few ingredients--that you recognize.
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post #4 of 20
It's usually vegan, but also so inferior to real maple syrup that I'm amazed anyone uses it.

Yeah, maple syrup is expensive. But fit for human consumption.

Blech on pancake syrup

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post #5 of 20
I like maple syrup but it's expensive so sometimes I have pure fruit on my waffles and pancakes. Take some fresh or frozen fruit, add a little water, add some sugar if you want and heat all that up for a fruit syrup topping.

Or... When I was a kid my mom used maple extract and added water and sugar to make a homemade cheap pancake syrup.
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Tree milk is never vegan!!!!
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Tree milk is never vegan!!!!

Heheh, good one.
post #8 of 20
The ones I've looked at have been vegan. But if you look at the ingredients that FitChick99 posted, they really aren't healthy. So I personally either use real maple syrup or I make a fruit one myself. I pulse some strawberries (or whatever fruit) for a second in a blender to get them kind of chopped/minced and stuff. Then I add it to pan with a bit of sugar and a bit of water and simmer it all for a bit stirring it constantly until it's to my taste and is a consistency I like.
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post #9 of 20
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When I was a kid my mom used maple extract and added water and sugar to make a homemade cheap pancake syrup

Apparently this was a fairly common practice at some point. I read old cookbooks and tore my hair out for weeks trying to figure out what 'Mapleine' was (it's a name brand of maple extract).

It is true that maple syrup (the real deal even) is not necessarily vegan. (More than likely, but not necessarily) http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj97mar/973sugar.htm
But other sources have questioned the truth of lard being used. But don't comment on the other items of potential concern.

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post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by FitChick99 View Post

AFAIK, most pancake syrups are vegan.

From Aunt Jemima's website:
INGREDIENTS: CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, CELLULOSE GUM, CARAMEL COLOR, SALT, SODIUM BENZOATE AND SORBIC ACID (PRESERVATIVES), ARTIFICIAL AND NATURAL FLAVORS, SODIUM HEXAMETAPHOSPHATE.

I doubt the natural flavors are animal derived, but to be absolutely sure, you could contact the company.

If you go with pure maple syrup, there is no question, that IS vegan

Why would any sane person consume this?

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Why would any sane person consume this?

...because they want cheap syrup?

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post #12 of 20
A light drizzling of agave nectar and some fruit are my preferences for pancakes/waffles. If I wanted the maple flavor though, I'd go with the pure stuff rather than fake and use it in moderation.
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post #13 of 20
I like the real stuff better too, but it's WAY too expensive...

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post #14 of 20
I do love real maple syrup, just bought 1 quart for $17.00 from a local producer. Just wondering about prices for others. I'm in NE ohio, so there are a lot of maples, and I think a decent year.
I use about 1 quart in a year. Lasts forever in the freezer.
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It was 7 bucks for a few cups.

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post #16 of 20
75 cents - 1.20 an ounce here. The last bottle I bought was 95 cents/oz. Works out to around $15/pint. Nope, not cheap at all. But ***SO*** worth it.

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post #17 of 20
About $1 US per ounce around here, slightly less (maybe $.75) if I buy in bulk.

A quart wouldn't last me a year, I probably go through about a gallon.
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I like the real stuff better too, but it's WAY too expensive...

So are doctor/hospital visits caused by illnesses from eating poison

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post #19 of 20
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So are doctor/hospital visits caused by illnesses from eating poison

I eat a ton of crap and I'm doing fine. I went veg for the animals, not myself. :P

And I agree, there is a lot of crap in stuff like that, and even though I went for the animals and not me, I am trying to work on eating healthier and not just anything that is absent of animal products. But you're making it sound like anyone who ingests fake maple syrup will instantly die of a heart attack, which is unrealistic. Of course eating unhealthy can have a bad effect on you, but calling it poison is a bit overboard.

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post #20 of 20
^poison is all about the dose. It's not the concern instant death or immediate reaction, but the gradual effects people don't notice. It's not even about how long your life is, but the quality of it. I eat lunch with a co-worker who eats a sausage, egg and cheese sandwich just about every morning. She constantly yacks about how healthy she eats, and that foods like that breakfast sandwich are fine in "moderation". Now I'm no health fanatic, but that sandwich she has not-every-day, goes along with a lot of sugars, animal fats, fast foods, and artificle sweeteners she thinks she eats in "moderation". They add up.
I'm finding that it's truly better to spend more on whole, simple, foods to replace cravings for the more processed. I've learned that quality organic chocolates syrups, and fruits are fair more satisfying, and eliminating HFCS has really reduced my cravings for sweets.
I think back to when I first eliminated meats, how much better my digestion was, how much more energy I felt. I didn't instinctly know my diet was that bad until I changed it.
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