Great Value foods are sold at Walmart stores, and they offer the consumer an alternative at a lower price. I have been buying a wide variety of Great Value products, and for the most part I have been quite happy with the quality and performance.
When it comes to serving syrups with my French toast, waffles or pancakes, my first choice is maple syrup. I grew up in northern New York, and I grew up on fresh maple syrup. In my mind, nothing tastes as good. Since I feed seven children breakfast every morning, it is not practical to serve real maple syrup with our pancakes. Living in Alaska, real maple syrup is extremely expensive, and hard to come by.
Because of this, I read labels on the different syrups on my store shelves, and I have yet to find one that contains any amounts of real maple syrup. Years ago Golden Griddle Pancake Syrup used to contain some actual maple syrup, but I have not been able to find Golden Griddle in our area.
When comparing pancake syrups, the first few ingredients were basically the same. Corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup and water were the first three listed. Some were varied with ingredients like molasses, but I don’t like molasses in my pancake syrup, so I opted for the cheapest, which happened to be Great Value Syrup. The label pictures this on a stack of pancakes, but it doesn’t specify that it is a pancake syrup, just syrup.
This morning I prepared pancakes for my kids, and knowing I was going to review it, I compared the Great Value Syrup to a container of real maple syrup that I have been hoarding away in my fridge (given to me by friends visiting from the east coast). The Great Value Syrup didn’t taste anything like real maple syrup. First, it is extremely dark in color, like molasses, and it is also very thick. Real maple syrup is actually quite thin and mine is a light amber color.
While the children loved their pancakes served with Great Value Syrup, it wasn’t at all satisfying for me, someone who grew up on the real deal. While the Great Value brand did have a very slight maple flavor, it was way too sweet and I felt it had a candy like caramel flavor. The product was cheap, the 24 ounce bottle retailed for just over two dollars, and it has a nice flip style cap that allows you to squirt out the desired amount. I did find it odd that the top of the bottle did not have a paper freshness seal.
If you are looking for a bargain price on pancake syrups, and are not real fussy about the ingredients, then the
Great Value Syrup might be perfect for you. I personally don’t like the fact that this one contains so much sugar, in fact there is 33 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup, as well as 210 calories and 53 grams of carbohydrates. This is, in my opinion, empty calories, much like eating a candy bar. This is not a syrup I would buy for my family, I will spend the extra money on maple syrup, and give this version of pancake syrup only sparingly to my daycare kids.