By Allrecipes Magazine
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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.

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DIY: Raspberry Butter

Fresh raspberries and raspberry preserves get blended with butter and confectioners' sugar to make this bright and colorful spread.

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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

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

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

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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

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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 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

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

DIY: Simple Strawberry Sauce

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

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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.

Photo by Nickel

More: Get more recipes for dessert sauces.

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Portions of this article appeared in Allrecipes Magazine.