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Waffles VS Pancakes: Are The Mixes Interchangeable?

Are you a pancake fan with only waffle mix laying around? Good news!

You can use waffle mix to make pancakes.

You won't be able to use the waffle mix without making some changes. Waffles are sufficiently different from pancakes that you will need to make adjustments, or things will not turn out the way you exe\pect them to.

You might be asking yourself, “Aren’t waffles and pancakes the same things, just in different forms?”

The answer is no. You might believe that pancake mix and waffle mix are so similar that you can make good waffles with pancake mix, but that’s not true.

 Pancake and waffle mixes are not the same thing. Although they both contain eggs, flour, milk, and a raising agent, waffle batter is typically thicker, has more sugar, and more fat, such as oil or melted butter.


When converting your waffle mix to pancake batter, here are some steps you should take if you want your pancakes to come out amazing.

  • Reduce the amount of oil in the recipe and slightly increase the amount of water. 
  • Use as little grease as possible in the skillet, and don't add any extra sugar to the mix.

Keeping the fat content low and using water instead of oil to thin the mixture can help your waffle mix behave and taste more like pancake batter. The fat helps waffles produce a crispy crust, which is perfect for waffles but not so much pancakes. No one likes tough and chewy pancakes, after all.


Waffle mix can be used to make pancakes, but pancake mix cannot be used to make waffles because it is too thin and runny. Pancakes made with waffle mix may taste a little different, but there's no reason why they shouldn't work.  


Store-bought pancake batter tends to be too liquid to use in a waffle iron; it may run out of the griddle and cause a splatter. This results in slightly sloppy, limp waffles rather than crisp golden shells, so it isn't a fantastic option.


However, if you’re desperate for a waffle, you can attempt to make your pancake mix griddle worthy- but we can’t promise you’ll have the best results.  According to Waffle Makers Hub, the main difference between a true waffle mix and a pancake mix is the sugar and fat content. Waffle mixes contain more of both because the sugar caramelizes and the fat cooks off to create a crispy, golden treat.


This means converting pancake mix into waffles is the exact opposite of converting waffle mix into pancakes.  That means you need to add additional oil and sugar to your batter. 


Increasing the fat content will ensure that your pancake mix crisps up nicely on the outside shell, as will adding a bit of sugar. These two elements are the key to transforming pancake mix into waffles and the reverse process.


It may take some trial and error to figure out how much to add, as it will depend on the quantities already in the packet mix you have, but this is worth a try if you have pancake mix but want waffles. Desperate times equals desperate measures, after all!


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