National Pancake Day at IHOP: Pancake and Syrup Review
March 8 is National Pancake Day at the International House of Pancakes [IHOP], in an annual charity event that grants all dine in guests a free shortstack of buttermilk pancakes, and an opportunity to donate to the Children’s Miracle Hospital Network from 7 a.m. to 7.pm.
Waiting for the pancakes after ordering was a pleasant experience, an opening greeting, made by an IHOP employee, played over the intercom welcoming to the establishment.
“We love helping out locally, and that’s why the pancakes are free,” an IHOP employee said.
The original buttermilk pancakes with butter and no syrup was given a 6/10 rating for the quality of the pancakes. They were light, fluffy, and perfectly cooked, but they didn’t have anything to stand out against any other pancake. Overall, it is a classic favorite for many IHOP customers.
The old-fashion flavored syrup was given 5/5 Mrs. Butterworths. It was sweet without tasting too artificial. It tasted like it was made with real sugar instead of sweeteners. It is best eaten in small quantities.
The blueberry flavored syrup was awarded 1/5 Mrs. Butterworths. It was sickly sweet and did not taste like real blueberries. On the pancake, however, the sweetness was much more mild and subtle.
Next was the boysenberry syrup, which was rated 2/5 Mrs. Butterworths, due to it being, on its own, worse than the blueberry, but rating better when spread on the pancake. Upon first impression, it smells like homemade jam. Upon first taste, however, it is obvious that it does not taste as it smells. It is almost like a fruit ketchup, sweet and a little thick.
Last was the butter pecan. It was given a 6/5 Mrs. Butterworth’s, as it tasted like a butterscotch syrup, liquid ice cream without the dairy. While the old-fashioned syrup is tried and true, the butter pecan takes it to a whole ‘nother level.
Overall, the butter pecan was the overwhelming favorite, followed closely by the old-fashioned syrup. The berry syrups had a tendency to fall flat, and may not appeal to a majority of diners.