alternatives to $$$$ maple syrup

Have you seen the price of maple syrup lately? Not the fake stuff, but the real thing. We love it on our pancakes but just can't justify the price anymore. I've been foregoing it all fall but found a recipe for this cider sauce that I'd like to share.

Combine 4 tbsp sugar w/ 1 tbsp cornstarch, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp nutmeg. Slowly whisk in 1 1/2 c cider. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat til thick. (You can vary the sugar amount if you want more or less, but 4 tbsp's been pretty good for us.)

What do you put on yours?

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