I grew up with homemade maple syrup, and this recipe, (taken from "Cooking With Cents" copyright 1983, by Cooking With Cents Publishing Company Ltd., by Norma Bannerman and Donna-Joy Halliday) is the best. It's quick, and honestly tastes better than any pancake syrup you can buy.
2 cups white sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon (approximately) maple flavouring
Simmer sugar, water and corn syrup together in covered saucepan for 10 minutes.
Add maple flavouring to taste. (1/2 teaspoon has always seemed enough to me)
Yield: Approximately 3 cups