Are flapjack measurements standardized? And more to know about this diner favorite.

If you’ve ever sat down to order at a diner and debated between how many pancakes you want to eat, you’ve probably been ambushed by vague terms like “short stack” and “full stack.” These common but ambiguous terms always leave us wondering, how many pancakes are really in a short stack, and are these menu terms standardized?    

Unfortunately for flapjack lovers everywhere, the number of pancakes you’ll get per stack for these terms are different across the board, and you’ll have to check in with the waitress at your local diner before you place your order. At IHOP, the popular pancake chain that offers away a free short stack of pancakes on their National Pancake Day every year, a short stack is always a serving of three fluffy pancakes, while a full stack is five. 

The beauty of making pancakes at home is that there is no need to cap your stacks—you can keep serving up hot cakes until you’re completely full. While people can be very divided over the proper way to eat a pancake, with bananas, with chocolate chips and peanut butter, or even savory, making pancakes from scratch is super easy and always a crowd-pleasing breakfast. And if you’re making them for the entire family, baking pancakes in a sheet-pan is a genius and foolproof way to get the job done in only half an hour.

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