My only complaint is the lack of info on serving size. Otherwise, this worked wonderfully. For others' info: Boiling for 10 minutes yielded about 3 cups for me, which makes each serving about a tablespoon and a half.
Also for others' info re: boiling sugar, the reason why it gets thicker and harder is that the water is being evaporated from it as it boils. Starting with nearly-equal portions of water and sugar and boiling for ten minutes should not put you anywhere near the candy zone; it'll just get you a slightly thickened syrup, not even as thick as honey for example. You should be careful if you try a half-batch or boil it longer to make it thicker, though, as that will affect how likely your syrup is to over-thicken.
The longer you boil sugar, the thicker and harder it gets. This is how candy is made. To prevent the syrup from getting to thick, I didn't boil it at all. I just heated it until the liquid was clear instead of cloudy, which indicated that all the sugar was dissolved. Let it cool then added the vanilla. It was delicious.
Worked pretty well, I used more brown sugar. Also, I added a dash of salt (a tiny pinch) and that really livened it up.
I think it's a good recipe, but it doesn't work for iced coffee. I'm going to try it again this weekend, but not boil it for as long. It becomes candy-like when you add cold milk to it.
Very good copycat of the Davinci that I buy at the store. I often get the sugar free, so next time I'll try making it with Spenda. Anyone know how to make hazelnut?
After reading some reviews I decided to just boil for a minute or so in order to obtain a viscosity close to that of water. I did achieve a syrup just a bit thicker than water. The finished product mostly filled my Starbucks vanilla syrup bottle. As nearly as I can tell it perfectly replicates the flavor of that syrup with the same serving size. This is definitely in my recipe box and will undoubtedly save me lots of money.
Didn't boil it for too long as I used a sucralose based sweetener in place of the regular sugar (used real brown sugar though as didn't know if there was a substitute for that), I think it was always going to be a little more watery with a sugar substitute but still ended up with a very sweet vanilla flavoured syrup that adds a lovely sweetness to my morning brew - especially the milder "Lazy Sunday" beans I sometimes use. Great cheap alternative to syrup, that will last a good while. Especially convenient as I can't seem to easily find them in the UK.
My go to recipe. I LOVE vanilla in my daily coffee. This has taken the place of several expensive store bought brands for me. I bring to a boil and then lower the temp to LO for 10-15 minutes and stir every few minutes until it starts to thicken. I even prefer this vanilla to *$ and that's saying something for me :) Enjoy!
So Yummy and easy to make! I love the convience of making this syrup and my coffee shop will probably be missing me soon now that i can make this at home
Amazing recipe, the only problem that I have is that I'm making twice as much coffee because of it. I hope you dont mind, but I added a link for your recipe to my blog.
Thanks a million again.