What To Do With Leftover Sugar Syrup?

what to do with leftover sugar syrup

Sugar syrup is a delicious and versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes.

However, sometimes you might end up with leftover syrup.

So, what can you do with it?

Here are a few ideas.

1. Make a sugar scrub

You can turn your leftover syrup into a sugar scrub.

Simply add some extra virgin olive oil and sea salt to the solution and mix well.

The result is a simple yet effective body scrub that will make you feel fresh and clean.

2. Use the syrup for cocktails, such as lemonade with rum or vodka

Add a bit of flavor to your drinks by mixing them with the leftover syrup.

For instance, mix rum and sugar syrup for a simple yet incredibly delicious cocktail.

All you need is two parts of this mixture and one part lemonade.

Stir well before serving over ice cubes.

3. Create a dessert topping by combining it with whipped cream and berries

Sugar syrup can be used as a tasty dessert topping, especially when it is combined with whipped cream and berries.

If you want to try this recipe out, you should combine equal parts of sugar syrup and whipped cream along with some fresh berries and chocolate chunks.

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4. Use the syrup for balsamic salad dressing

Do not just throw away your leftover sugar syrup – instead use it for making a delicious balsamic salad dressing.

The combination of one part vinegar, three parts olive oil, and one part sugar syrup is perfect for salads or simply as a dipping sauce.

Add salt and pepper according to taste.

5. Make lollipops from it

Who says that lollipops are only meant for kids?

They can be a delicious addition to any party as well as a great way of spicing up your day.

You can make them from all kinds of syrups, so why not give leftover sugar syrup a try

Combine one part corn syrup and three parts sugar along with some food coloring and create a tasty lollipop that is guaranteed to look good and taste even better.

6. Make marshmallows

Marshmallows are incredibly easy to make – all you need is sugar, water, and gelatin along with some vanilla or cocoa powder for flavor.

Mix these ingredients together in order to get a thick mixture that you should then put inside a pan lined with parchment paper.

Allow the marshmallow mixture to cool before cutting it into cubes.

And voilà.

You have marshmallows that are sure to become a favorite amongst adults and children alike.

7. Make an easy sugar syrup-based candy

Combine two parts white or brown sugar with one part water, along with some lemon juice if you want, in order to make this simple yet incredibly delicious recipe for sugared almonds.

Put them inside a pan lined with parchment paper and allow the mixture to cool before breaking it into small pieces.

8. Add it to your ice cream

Believe it or not, you can even add leftover sugar syrup to your homemade ice cream.

Sugar syrup adds sweetness as well as moisture making it taste incredible.

Simply mix half a cup of this ingredient with half a cup of heavy whipping cream plus two cups of vanilla ice cream.

9. Use it as a glaze

Mix leftover syrup with soy sauce and grated ginger to create a tasty glaze for chicken or pork chops.

All you have to do is heat the ingredients before brushing them over your meat – this way you will have a tender, juicy, and extremely flavorful dish that everyone will love.

10. Make pear fritters from it

what to do with leftover sugar syrup

What could be better than combining sugar syrup with fresh pears?

Combine one part water with half part sugar in order to get a thick mixture that should then be added to a pan lined with parchment paper (or simply oiled).

Allow the mixture to cool slightly before adding chopped pears on top.

Fry these fritters until they become golden brown and enjoy.

11. Use it as a syrup for pancakes

You can actually use leftover sugar syrup for making delicious pancakes, especially if you add some butter or sour cream to this mixture.

Simply pour the syrup over your pancake batter before frying them on both sides until they turn golden brown.

You will have a tasty dish that is also incredibly easy to make.

12. Make ice pops with it

Similar to lollipops, ice pops are great when they are made from sugar syrup rather than regular water.

They might not look quite as decorated but they taste so good that you won’t even notice.

Combine three parts of this mixture with one part milk in order to create a refreshing treat perfect for hot summer days.

13. Use it as a glaze for meat

Sugar syrup can be used as a simple glaze for your meats – all you have to do is cook the pork chops or chicken pieces in order to get them nice and tender before adding sugar syrup at the end of the cooking process.

Let this mixture simmer until it starts getting thick, at which point you should brush it over your meat and allow it to cool slightly.

Serve your dish with rice, veggies or just about anything that you want – this glaze goes well with virtually everything.

14. Add it to a Cocktail

Sugar syrup is used as an ingredient in many different cocktails so why not utilize what you have instead of throwing it away?

Combine this mixture with some fresh fruit juices, rum, or vodka to create a refreshing drink for hot summer days.

15. Make syrup bread

Instead of throwing out your leftover sugar syrup why not actually utilize what you have?

Mix one part sifted flour with half part butter and three parts milk in order to create dough.

Add some good quality syrup to this mixture as well as plenty of cinnamon and then bake it in the oven until it gets golden brown and crispy on top.

Enjoy your syrup bread with a cup of hot tea – perfect for those cold winter days.


There are so many different ways to utilize leftover sugar syrup, from making pancakes and ice pops to glazed meat or cocktail ingredients.

This versatile ingredient can add sweetness as well as moisture to your food, making everything taste better.

So the next time you find yourself with a little extra sugar syrup, don’t despair – get creative and experiment with some of these recipes.

Tamara Pierce

Tamara Pierce is a food writer at Elapasony, passionate about exploring diverse cuisines and sharing recipes and food experiences. From trendy restaurants to local hotspots, she's always on the lookout for new and exciting flavors.

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