The best shop-bought pancake toppings for Pancake Day
How will you serve your pancakes this Shrove Tuesday? Extra-fluffy, crispy thin, sweet or savoury? The good news is that whichever way you like them, there’s definitely a topping (and some more) to cater to all your pancake needs.
From that Percy Pig sauce to the glossiest caramel dipping sauce, this is how you should be topping your pancakes this year.
The winner for this year’s Best Chocolate Spread has to be Pan di Stelle’s Hazelnut Cocoa Spread. The Italian bakery brand has transformed its signature biscuit into spread form, using Italian hazelnuts, chocolate and dreamy cookie crumbles for extra sweetness. The spread balances the perfect amount of crunch with creamy hazelnut: it’s glossy, rich, thick and made with NO palm oil – what more could you want from a chocolate spread?
Available on Ocado, £3.50 for 330g
If you’re more of a white chocolate lover, we can highly recommend Linden’s rich macadamia white chocolate spread.
It’s a flavour combination which initially raised a few eyebrows, but Pip & Nut’s new Blueberry Trail Mix Almond Butter works surprisingly well. It evokes the taste of blueberry muffins, so you can imagine how good it’ll taste slathered on warm, fluffy pancakes (and topped with MORE blueberries, of course!).
Available on Ocado, £3.99 for 225g
For sheer indulgence, we love Waitrose’s no.1 Salted Caramel dipping sauce (and we can see why it’s named no.1). Made with butter, double cream and sea salt, the sauce is soft, spreadable and has a spot-on butterscotch flavour, offering the perfect mix of salt-and-sweet to drizzle over pancakes with lashings of whipped cream. It might just be the sauce of your dreams…
Available at Waitrose, £2.99 for 250g
A very close second is Bonne Maman’s salted caramel sauce, which was equally as mouth-watering, with a slightly runnier consistency.
Shrove Tuesday just got twice as exciting thanks to Pistachio Fiasconaro, aka pistachio cream. The nutty flavour is genuine yet not too overpowering, with a deliciously creamy texture to turn up the indulgence. Although it may not please everyone’s palates, we think it’s pretty perfect.
Available at Sous Chef, £8.50 for 180g
Guaranteed to send both Percy Pig fans and kids wild on Pancake Day, the new dessert sauce from M&S is an undeniably sweet and fruity addition to Percy Pig’s growing empire. The electric pink colour will brighten your pancakes tenfold, although the flavour is somewhat artificial.
Available at M&S, £2 for 290g
Billington’s Very Dark Maple Syrup confidently trumps its fellow maple competitors on both flavour and texture. Its glossy caramel notes are rich enough to make your head spin, and that’s before it’s liberally dribbled over a stack of fluffy pancakes or freshly made waffles. We reckon it would work well in savoury dishes, too.
Available at Waitrose, £6.99 for 260g
The perfect balance of sweet and sour makes this rhubarb compote a top-drawer choice for a sophisticated stack of pancakes. It’s a simple way to add a burst of fruity flavour, with a wonderfully soft texture fit for layering with clotted cream. It’s a winning pancake topping and all-year round compote.
Available at Waitrose, £2.40 for 385g
It’s a divider for many and possibly too salty for some, but Marmite’s unforeseen venture into the world of peanut butter has gained positive traction for its ultra-smooth blend of sweet and salt. All we know is that Marmite fans will go absolutely mad for it.
Available at Morrisons, £2.50 for 225g
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