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"Humble" Toasted Syrup Sandwich w/ Homemade Syrup

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A hood culinary classic you're gonna love this new jack spin on a classic syrup sandwich.

While syrup sandwiches may seem like a bare-bones meal, they have a long history and cultural significance for many people. Whether it's a nostalgic reminder of childhood or a symbol of resilience in the face of tough times, syrup sandwiches have a special place in the hearts and memories of many.

syrup sandwich on a plate

Growing up in the hood is hard times, as many families struggle to just make ends meet. You get resourceful and get by just to get by even if that means surviving on simple and inexpensive foods like syrup sandwiches.

While these sandwiches may seem unappetizing or unusual to some, they were a lifesaver to a youngster growing up in the ghetto. Syrup sandwiches are the quintessential poverty food - cheap, filling, and sweet! Syrup sandwiches will forever hold a special place in my memories and serve as a symbol of perseverance and resilience in the face of adversity.

I can’t listen to Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” with reminiscing about the younger days of enjoying a nice syrup sandwich. I’m talking white bread saturated with sweet syrup for lunch, breakfast, or anytime tide me over. Sometimes it was all you were gonna eat that day.

What Is In The Sandwich?

It literally is what it is - bread and syrup. In this case my homemade syrup. The syrup consists of:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ancho Chili Powder (optional)
  • Water
  • Bread
syrup sandwich ingredients

How To Make A Syrup Sandwich

Ain’t nothing to it but to assemble the sandwich. The actual syrup is easy to make and brings so much flavor to a plain classic version. Plus it contains no artificial ingredients.

homemade syrup in a glass bottle

Serving Suggestions

I prefer my syrup sandwich hot. After adding the syrup to the bread, I finish the sandwich in a waffle maker. This is kind of like a panini. No sweat if you don’t have a waffle maker you can heat in a cast-iron skillet or use your broiler.

Tips For Making Syrup Sandwiches

  • Feel free to substitute your favorite bread. Brioche, challah, whole wheat, etc. all work well
  • Make enough syrup to use on other foods like French toast, pancakes, churros, etc.
  • If you've never had a syrup sandwich enjoy with your favorite store-bought syrup

For other sandwich recipes you might like, try these:

Bologna Sandwich

Nashville Hot Shrimp Sandwich

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Braised Beef Neck Bones Sandwich

Grilled BLT Sandwich

Grilled Cheese w/ Andouille Sausage Sandwich

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syrup sandwich on a plate

Toasted Syrup Sandwich w/ Homemade Syrup

Remix of a classic syrup sandwich. Homemade syrup is infused with cinnamon and ancho chili spice for a complex and flavorful sandwich.
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Marwin Brown



  • Place syrup on one slice of bread then top with the other slice of bread.
  • Toast the whole sandwich in a waffle maker to desired doneness.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 226mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 15g | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg
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