Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup copycat recipe by Todd Wilbur
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Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup

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The year 1989 marked the 100th anniversary of the Aunt Jemima trademark. The name was conceived in 1889 by Chris Rutt while he was attending a vaudeville show and watching a New Orleans-style dance number performed to a jazzy tune called "Aunt Jemima." Rutt liked the music so much he stuck the name on his products. The Aunt Jemima maple syrup recipe came along much later, in 1964, and is now the country's largest-selling pancake syrup.

Today some folks tell the story of how their friends or relatives once met Aunt Jemima many years ago and how she was a kind and cordial woman. Little do they realize these people were fooled by a promotional campaign for the products back in the forties and fifties that used actresses traveling from town to town dressed up and acting like the "famous women." There never really was an Aunt Jemima.

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Source: Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups dark corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring
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      Aunt Jemima®
    • Instructions

      1. Combine the first four ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat.

      2. Stir occasionally, until the mixture comes to a full boil. Let it boil for 7 minutes.

      3. Turn the heat off and let the syrup cool for 15 minutes.

      4. Add the maple flavoring and stir.

      5. When completely cool, transfer the syrup to a covered plastic or glass container.

      Makes 1 quart.

      Tidbits: For syrup with a butter flavor, just add 3 tablespoons of butter to the mixture before heating. For a lighter syrup, use a sugar substitute instead of granulated sugar. The absence of natural maple syrup in this recipe is not unusual. In fact, there is no real maple syrup in any Aunt Jemima syrup.

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Janiece Burgess
Mar 29, 2011, 22:00

So easy and good!

Pancake Fan
Mar 28, 2011, 22:00

I've been making this for years! It's terrific.

I'm Todd Wilbur,
Chronic Food Hacker

For 30 years I've been deconstructing America's most iconic brand-name foods to make the best original clone recipes for you to use at home. Welcome to my lab.

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