Homemade Vanilla Syrup – Save money with a latte at home!

Homemade Vanilla Syrup

Are you becoming a Frugal DIY’er? I love being able to make so many things at home. First, I know exactly what ingredients are in what I’m putting in and on my body and not to mention it’s so much cheaper. This homemade vanilla syrup recipe is super easy to make that I guarantee you’ll never buy it again!

So, let’s get to it!

A bottle of Torani Syrup will run you between $3 and $7 depending on the size you buy and whether or not you have coupons.  I’d venture to say that this recipe for twice as much will cost you less than $1.00!  Plus you’ll know exactly what the ingredients consist of and if you prefer to use organic or all natural products you can do that too.


3 ½ cups water
3 cups sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla extract


In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, gently stir together the water and sugars. Cook until mixture becomes thick and syrupy (approximately 10-15 minutes). Allow to cool and stir in vanilla extract. Yields 1 quart.

Homemade Vanilla Syrup Torani

I reuse my Torani to dispense the syrup and store the rest in a mason jar.  Recipe comes from Paula Dean, y’all!  If you want one of those fancy pumps, I recently bought one at a store called Cash & Carry for $3.  If you have a restaurant supply store near you, you’ll likely find them there.

Another tip – if you buy those disposable hot coffee cups grab them at this store too!  I bought a package of 10 recently at Target, they were Dixie brand I believe before a trip to the snow.  We had a hot thermos full of water and packets of hot cocoa, it just made sense to bring disposable cups.  Well I paid nearly $4 for them – turns out you can buy 50 cups and 50 lids for under $7 at Cash & Carry!  They’re great quality too.

You might also be interested in this post – Homemade Iced Chai Tea Latte. tastes just like Starbucks!



  1. Ellen says

    Was wondering if you know if a person could exchange the sugar for honey. I’m trying to get off sugars. Thanks

  2. Sharla says

    I found it didn’t get too thick or syrupy. Still pretty runny, maybe a little thicker. But I’m sure still just as good. Gotta test it now…

  3. Anonymous says

    If i don’t have Brown sugar can i just use the rest of ingredients? r what can i replace the brown sugar with?

    • Marci Loehner says

      I’d recommend sticking with the brown sugar. It gives it a richness that can’t be replaced. You could probably substitute for molasses, but, I’ve never tried it that way!


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