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Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute from Scratch

Are you looking for a good corn syrup substitute? How about golden syrup? Well I have both for you below. 

I have the easy recipes for both homemade light corn syrup and dark corn syrup  for you below.  It is much better than store-bought and CORN SYRUP FREE!

Corn Syrup Substitute from Scratch. What a life saver and no chemicals. Look for my light corn syrup recipe also. #misshomemade

Homemade Dark Corn Syrup

Easy Corn Syrup Substitute


2 cups white sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
pinch of salt

Whisk the ingredients together in a saucepan over medium-high. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 3 minutes. Uncover and cook mixture to the “soft ball stage” (which is when you drop some of the mixture in a cold glass of water, it sinks to the bottom in a ball).  Cool completely and store in an airtight container in the pantry. It will keep for a couple of months. Makes 2 cups.


This simple substitute will get you through…

Light Corn Syrup

For 1 cup:
Mix together 3/4 cup light corn syrup (recipe above) and one part molasses. Add the molasses right away in the pan at the beginning of the light corn syrup recipe with the other ingredients.  Stir in some vanilla if you wish!

Make homemade golden syrup from scratch.  It's not the same as corn syrup or honey.  It's great to have some on hand all the time. Will keep for 2 months. #misshomeamde

Homemade Golden Syrup Recipe

3 TBS water
1/2 cup granulated white sugar

Bring the above two items to a slow simmer in a saucepan over medium heat.

1-1/4 cups boiling water (use your tea pot to heat water)
2-1/2 cups granulated white sugar
slice of lemon

Once the 3 TBS and 1/2 cup sugar turns to a caramel/golden color, slowly add the boiling water; followed by the 2-1/2 cups white sugar.  Again bring it to a slow simmer and add the slice of lemon.  Simmer on low heat for approximately 40 -50 minutes or until syrup mixture is reduced in half.

Remove the lemon slice and pour into a clean glass jar after the syrup cools. It will thicken as it cools and sits for a day or two.  Makes approximately 2 cups and will keep for two months.  Vegan.

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