Corn Syrup Substitutes

There are a few things that can substitute for corn syrup including honey or you can make your own with this easy recipe. Corn syrup, especially light or golden corn syrup, is often used for making pies, cookies or candy. Candy can be tricky, because certain chemical reactions that make a certain candy special happen only at a certain temperature so you want to make sure that your substitute for corn syrup will perform in the same way that corn syrup would perform.

So, here are a few recommendations for a corn syrup substitute that should work well for most recipes where you need to substitute for corn syrup.

Corn Syrup Substitutes

Syrup Amount Substitute
Light Corn Syrup substitute 1 Cup 1&1/4 Cups of Granulated Sugar + plus 1/4 Cup Water* (*or mixed with 1/4 Cup of whatever liquid is called for in the recipe. Bring to a boil until all sugar is dissolved.
*OR* 1 Cup Honey
*OR* 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup
*OR* 1 Cup Maple Syrup
Dark Corn Syrup substitute 1 Cup 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup + PLUS 1/4 Cup Molasses

Remember, when making substitutions be sure to measure accurately for best results.

A corn syrup substitute may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. These corn syrup substitute recommendations are meant to save you a trip to the store during your cooking process.

Please note that some corn syrup substitute alternatives may not be appropriate for your recipe.

To find the shelf life of corn syrup check our how long does syrup last page.

A note regarding Substitutions...

Using these substitute suggestions may slightly alter the taste, texture or appearance of your resulting recipe. However, we recommend these substitutions as similar replacement ingredients when the original ingredients are unavailable.