Around here we are total Maple Syrup snobs. We haven't bought a bottle of Aunt Jemimah in at least 8 years after discovering "real" maple syrup. Trader Joe's got us hooked with their real, honest to goodness Grade B Maple syrup. Then we moved away from TJs :(
Now, I'm not ignorant to the fact that maple syrup is EXPENSIVE. I have a couple of ideas to help alleviate some of the extra financial burden that this may cause.
1. Buy a small, olive oil bottle (small because they tip over easily and you need to store it in your fridge.) The spout helps just a small amount drizzle out and doesn't leave a mess or waste dripped down the bottle. Even the smallest waffle-eaters can handle the drizzle. (P.S. I got this idea from Pinterest. Someone recommended coffee syrups in olive oil bottles. It's revolutionized breakfast time at our house.)
2. Use Grade A for baking and for the kids. Hoard Grade B as an adult-only condiment!
3. Bake the maple syrup into the waffles and convince your kids that it's already in there.
Here's our favorite waffle recipe and don't forget about these delightful Whole Wheat Oat Buttermilk Pancakes.
Maple Bran Waffles
adapted from the Joy of Cooking
Preheat a waffle iron. Whisk together in a large bowl.
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup coarse wheat bran or wheat germ
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
Whisk together in another bowl.
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup maple syrup (or honey)
1/2 cup butter, melted*
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Combine with a few swift strokes of the whisk.
*I often reduce this or sub with coconut oil. However the butter, makes them really tasty.