Vanilla Syrup

This is a beautiful syrup that can be used over ice cream, with pancakes and waffles or my favourite way is in coffee / decaf.

625 grams sugar

750 ml water

50 ml vanilla essence

Put sugar and water into Thermomix. Cook on Varoma speed stir for 45 minutes. Leave MC (measuring cap) off to let liquid evaporate.

Add vanilla essence in last 4 minutes of cooking. Store in sterilised bottles.

Makes approx 1 litre.

Variations: I also make caramel syrup by first  cooking 1/2 cup sugar  in frypan on stove until melted.  Then put into thermomix immediately WITH HOT water and the rest of the sugar and prepare as normal. The caramel will set hard in the thermomix if hot water is not added straight away… speaking by experience here, lol!


  1. Just what I was looking for! Do you keep this in the fridge and if so, how long does it last before it expires? Thanks!

    • Hi Nancy, the syrup is usually fine just in the pantry, although I keep it in the fridge during the hot summer months. 2 weeks in the pantry, slightly longer if kept if the fridge.

  2. Hi Rona,
    I made a batch of this at Christmas, did not refrigerate and I have had no problems with it going off over our hot Sydney summer. I am in the middle of making a third batch for my son and daughter-in-law. I wonder if I could make a double batch for them so I don’t have to make it so often. I have made it without and with caramelising the sugar and much prefer the caramelised version, it adds so much more depth to it. My husband loves it over his ice cream, I have had to hide it from him so I can have some in my coffee. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Hi Carol, thank you, so glad you like the syrup. You should be able to make a double batch, just make sure that it doesn’t go over the max line in your Thermomix bowl or boil over while cooking. Keep an eye on it! 🙂

  3. Hi there! Just wondering if you are making the caramel syrup, do you still add the vanilla?

    • Hi, yes I still add the vanilla for the caramel syrup, although you can leave it out if you prefer.

      • Thank you! I didn’t add it when I made it this arvo, but could I just add the syrup back in the thermie and add the vanilla and heat it for a little while? How long?

        It does taste great but I don’t want to miss out on amazing though!

  4. Could you use this in replace of rice malt syrup?

  5. Hi Rona,
    I have made this with Rapadura sugar to make it refined sugar free and no need to caramelise, tastes great.

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