This brown sugar syrup is the easiest-to-make, insanely delicious, and budget-friendly alternative to store-bought brown sugar syrup. It can be ready in just 5 minutes and requires only two simple ingredients: water and brown sugar.
The key to making the perfect brown sugar syrup is finding the correct proportion of water and brown sugar. Also, to boost its flavor, you can add some additional ingredients, such as vanilla extract or cinnamon.
Since it's possible to store this brown sugar syrup for up to 1 month, you can be sure that you won't waste any of this tasty syrup. And the ways to use it are numerous: bubble tea (it's the basis for the all-time favorite Tiger Milk Tea), iced tea, coffee drink, cocktails, pancakes, crepes, etc.
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Is Brown Sugar Healthy?
I really don't want to be the one to burst your bubble, but the truth is there's not much difference between brown sugar and regular white sugar. They are very similar nutritionally. However, brown sugar does contain a few more minerals than white sugar. But still, that won't provide you with any additional health benefits.
If you want to lose weight, then going with brown sugar instead of white might help you on your journey.
Brown Sugar Side Effects
Overall, there shouldn't be any side effects from consuming brown sugar. However, just like with any other product, if you consume it in excess, you might experience some side effects. Here are the most common ones that you might experience from eating too much brown sugar:
- Loss of appetite
- Heart disease
- Blood sugar spike
How to Make Brown Sugar Syrup
How to make a simple syrup that would go well with any beverage or dessert? Try this homemade brown sugar syrup.
It is insanely easy to make homemade brown sugar syrup. It consists only of two simple ingredients, which are brown sugar and water. Or you can also add some vanilla flavor for a little twist.
Once you've prepared the ingredients, add everything into a small pan. And then, place it over medium heat and wait for the mixture to boil. Don't forget to stir it from time to time so that the brown sugar dissolves completely in the water.
When the mixture starts to boil, make sure to switch to low heat and simmer it that way for a few minutes (usually up to five). And that's it.
Also, keep in mind that you need to wait for the brown sugar simple syrup to cool completely before using it in any way.
Brown Sugar Syrup Recipe Tips
Is this your first time making brown sugar syrup? Here are a few tips that might help you with making this recipe and calm your nerves a bit if you're worried:
- Use dark brown sugar: if you're planning on using this syrup in boba milk tea or other beverage, then the darker your sugar syrup turns out, the better your drink will look.
- Always stir the brown sugar syrup while it's still on the stove.
- Add some vanilla: I love everything vanilla which is why I always add some vanilla extract to this brown sugar syrup recipe.
- Wait for it to cool down: yes, it can be very hard to stay away from the brown sugar syrup for a while to let it cool down. But that's what you should do, no matter how difficult it might be for you.
- Place a cinnamon stick in the sugar syrup: if you love cinnamon, this ingredient would be the best possible addition to your brown sugar syrup.
- Make it thicker: if you need the syrup to be thicker (for example, if you're planning on using it to make brown sugar bubble tea), then instead of using the 1:1 water and brown sugar ratio, use 1 cup sugar and only ½ cup water.
Ways to Use Brown Sugar Syrup
There are plenty of ways to use this brown sugar syrup (you can use it instead of maple syrup in almost any recipe). Here are a few of my favorite ones:
- You can add this brown sugar syrup into your tea beverages, such as boba milk tea (or make the famous brown sugar milk tea with tapioca pearl).
- Drizzle it over french toast.
- This brown sugar syrup goes perfectly with hot and iced coffee.
- Dip these keto syrniki into the brown sugar syrup
- Just imagine pouring this brown sugar syrup over a hot pancake or waffles in the morning.
- Use it as a sweetener for oatmeal.
- Drizzle the brown sugar syrup over these delicious keto crepes.
My favorite way of storing this brown sugar syrup is to pour it into a glass bottle. Then simply keep it in your fridge. The syrup should last for up to one month.
It's also possible to freeze this brown sugar syrup. But be careful with the container that you use to freeze it in, since not everything is freezer-friendly, and while the syrup freezes, it may expand your container and even crack it.
Homemade Brown Sugar Syrup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup water
- ¼ tsp vanilla
- Combine the sugar, vanilla, and water in a small pan and place it over medium heat until it starts to boil.
- Switch to low heat and simmer for about 3-5 minutes. Let it cool down before using.