Top This: Pancake and Waffle Topping Ideas
Take your toppings over the top.
Elevate your breakfast with better butter, sophisticated syrups, and scrumptious spreads. We're sharing some of our favorite toppings you can buy or DIY.
Related: See our entire collection of tempting breakfast recipes.
Buy: Vermont Creamery Cultured Butter with Sea Salt Crystals
Live active cultures added to the cream help it develop buttermilk and hazelnut notes as it slowly ferments. Then it's churned with sea salt. That all adds up to a phenomenal butter. $5 for 4-oz. roll at Whole Foods Markets
DIY: Toasted Pecan Butter
Toasted pecans are pulsed together with brown sugar, butter, and vanilla to create a spread you'd be happy to melt over pancakes, waffles, French toast, biscuits, and rolls.
DIY: Raspberry Butter
Fresh raspberries and raspberry preserves get blended with butter and confectioners' sugar to make this bright and colorful spread.
More: Get more recipes for compound butters.
Buy: Blackberry Patch Premium Syrups
With just three ingredients (fruit, cane sugar, and lemon juice), these Southern syrups are truly fruit-tastic. Drizzle the Blackberry, Peach, or (new) Satsuma variety on pancakes, yogurt, oatmeal, and more. $7 for 8 oz. at blackberrypatch.com
Buy: Carr's Ciderhouse Cider Syrup
This mouth-perking syrup is made just like maple syrup except that it starts with apple cider instead of maple sap. The cider gets boiled down until it's caramelized and tart, like a concentrated caramel apple. Try it on French toast or ice cream. $16 for 12.7 oz. at carrsciderhouse.com
DIY: Lemon Syrup
"Great! Does what it is supposed to do -- add a sweet, lemony flavor! I used it as a syrup for lemon blueberry pancakes." -- lizabethj2
DIY: Pumpkin Spice Syrup
"This is a super easy-to-make syrup that combines the best flavors of pumpkin pie into a syrup wonderful for pancakes, especially pumpkin pancakes!" -- bairnmaeve
More: Get more recipes for syrups.
Sauces & Spreads
Buy: Rigoni di Asiago Nocciolata
If you like Nutella, you'll love this organic hazelnut-chocolate spread, which also comes in a dairy-free version. It's positively dreamy on a toasted bagel or crunchy waffle. From $5 for 9.5 oz. at thrivemarket.com and select Whole Foods Markets
Buy: Bonne Maman Intense fruit spread
Produced in France using traditional recipes and natural ingredients, this new Intense line—available in Apricot, Strawberry, or Blueberry—uses more fruit and 39 percent less sugar than regular preserves for an even fruitier flavor. $4 for 8.2 oz. at target.com
Buy: Stonewall Kitchen Jam
High-quality fruit and cane sugar star in Stonewall's range of crowd-pleasing flavors. Its popular Raspberry Peach Champagne Jam makes Sunday biscuits, brunch waffles, or even plain ol' toast feel special. $8 for 12.5 oz. in select stores; find retailers near you at stonewallkitchen.com
Make the most of strawberry season. "I threw this together to spoon over buttermilk pancakes. This is EXACTLY the same strawberry topping my Grandma always made to go over ice cream." -- Sara Jo
DIY: Blueberry Sauce
You can use fresh or frozen blueberries in this luscious sauce. "This was delicious. Made for a neighborhood waffle party and it was devoured. Wouldn't change a thing except to make it a couple of days before so the flavors have a chance to marry." -- Crystal S
DIY: Bananas Foster II
Butter, sugar, rum, vanilla, and cinnamon are melted together to make a warm welcome for ripe bananas and crunchy walnuts.
More: Get more recipes for dessert sauces.
Portions of this article appeared in Allrecipes Magazine.