How Many Pancakes In A Full Stack?

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Last Updated on April 1, 2022

How many pancakes do you usually put in a full-stack? I say 5 and my colleague says 6. So I opened up a debate here, generated a survey, and asked a few people this question. The staff and I ended up gathering together to make tests to know how many can be stacked.

We discovered many different opinions and interesting arguments on the subject. Take notes!

How Many Pancakes in a Full and Short Stack?

Even though this question is somewhat open-ended, we did tests and found the perfect amount to give it to you. We made a full stack of 5 and a short stack of 3 and we couldn’t end eating the 5 pancake full-stack. We decided that this full-stack can be shared by 2 people without a doubt.

The good thing about homemade pancakes is that you can add as many as you want! In my case, a short stack is 2… or 3 only if I think I deserve it, which most of the time I absolutely do! Another good thing about it is that they’re super easy to make.

Likewise, this information differs greatly on how fluffy your pancakes are. We’ll also tell you whether this should be standardized at restaurants or not.

Pancakes in a short stack

These are some of the most popular pancake chains -or breakfast chains- around the US. Take a look at the amount that each of them has:

  • IHOP® -the popular pancake chain-, has 3 fluffy hotcakes in its short stack.
  • Waffle House, has mini fluffy hotcakes in its stack. This is the only stack they have.
  • Cracker Barrel’s short stack has only 1 pancake.
  • Denny’s has a 2 fluffy pancake short stack.
  • McDonald’s has a 3 pancake stack. This is the only stack they have.
  • Huddle House is known for its flapjacks, it contains 2 of them. This is the only stack they have.
  • Marie Callender’s. Its only stack is made of 3 pancakes.
  • Biscuitville has 3 pancakes in its short stack.
  • First Watch has 2 short stacks: you can choose 1 pancake or 2.
  • Has House a Go-Go only has 1 big pancake dish.
  • The Original Pancake House has 2 short stacks: you can choose 1 special pancake -exotic- or 3 medium-sized of the original pancakes.

Pancakes in a full stack

  • IHOP’s full-stack has 5 fluffy pancakes. Not to mention, all the delicious syrups you can put on it.
  • Cracker Barrel’s full-stack has 2 pancakes.
  • Denny’s has a 3 fluffy pancake full-stack.
  • Biscuitville has 3 pancakes in its full-stack.
  • First Watch has 2 full stacks: you can choose 3 pancakes or 4.
  • The Original Pancake House has a 5 pancake full-stack.

As you can see, the restaurant pancake stacks are not standardized, each of them has its own recipe and style. Have you tried all of them?

Pancake Flavor Ideas

You’re not going to let me lie, pancakes have been the lovely and perfect breakfast all over the world for years! There are many styles and recipes for all kinds of preferences and lifestyles. Take a look at the following flavor list we came up with, I’m sure you’ll want to make them at home:

  • Coconut Cream
  • Peppermint Chocolate
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Japanese Soufflé
  • Red Velvet
  • Banana
  • Cream Cheese
  • Oat Flour
  • Bacon and Apple
  • Peanut Butter
  • Kimchi
  • Orange Buttermilk
  • Vegan Chocolate Chip
  • Dutch Baby
  • Blueberry Lemon Ricotta

Guess what? We’re working on the recipes for you! Coming soon.

short stack pancakes

Topping and/or Filling Ideas for your Pancakes

Who can say no to fluffy, warm, and buttery pancakes? Adding a personality to them makes them a delightful experience. The possibilities are endless.

Let’s get creative!

Topping #1: Maple syrup

Honey has been the worldwide pancake’s bestie since they were invented. They will always get along and the good news is that most of us surely have it in our cupboards.

Topping #2: Fresh fruit

What can I tell you about fruits? They don’t need much praise, they are the praise. They’re one of the best toppings of any breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The favorite ones are usually bananas, strawberries, cherries, kiwis, and wild berries.

Topping #3: Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is always delicious for any dessert. It’s the one that saves us in case we have nothing else in mind or in the kitchen. You must agree on this one too!

Topping #4: Peanut butter and jelly

Gosh! Who doesn’t like this tasty combo? It will always, always, always be a perfect companion.

Topping #5: Fresh berries -any kind-

Fresh or frozen berries are a perfect option. It will make your day more enjoyable.

Topping #6: Banana and chocolate chips

Putting the chocolate chips on top of your hot pancakes… you’ll die for it! It will melt in your mouth along with the taste of the banana. Yummy!

Topping #7: Nutella

Fast and delicious!

Topping #8: Blueberry sauce

It is a quick and easy-to-make sauce to make and you’ll love it!

Topping #9: Nuts

Always! Especially if you’re on a strict diet and you’re making healthy pancakes.

Topping #10: Ice cream

We must always have it in our freezer. Agree on this one too!

Topping #11: Jams

Jams will always be perfect for any kind of bread. They’re the spreadable queens.

Topping #12: Caramel sauce

Caramel sauce it’s creamy, sweet, and super easy to make.

Topping #13: Bacon

I’m a bacon fan… Who isn’t?! Bacon and honey, or even honey bacon jam! It’s actually super easy to make. 

Topping #14: Breakfast sausage or patties

Imagine combining these sausages with honey and your pancakes at home… I know!

Topping #15:Chocolate

Try putting pieces of bar chocolate inside your pancakes when you’re about to turn them over in the pan!

Topping #16: Fried eggs

Fried eggs and pancakes will always be good friends, they go hand in hand and together they taste spectacular.

You can also combine a few of them for the ultimate dessert!

what is a short stack of pancakes

Final Facts

We definitely recommend you -if you’re eating pancakes at a restaurant- to check if the menu specifies the number of pancakes that come in the dish. On the contrary, ask the waiter before he takes the order.

How many pancakes would you put in a short or a full-stack?

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