Shelf Life of
Molasses Substitutes

Molasses substitute

Molasses Substitute?What to substitute for molasses when cooking or baking? Molasses has a long shelf life, but if it has gone bad or you have run out of molasses and need to find a proper molasses substitute then check the table below. A proper substitute for molasses should be thick, dark and sticky. Molasses cookies, gingerbread, baked beans and many other special treats just wouldn’t be the same without this substance or a similar product. Grandma says that it is “an essential staple to any pantry, there is no substitute for Grandma’s Molasses. It’s the Grandma’s secret ingredient that will make your baked goods taste great!”.[1]

Suggestions for a Molasses substitute are listed below:

Substitute for Molasses:

Molasses Amount Substitute
Molasses substitute Any Same amount of Honey
*OR* Same amount of Dark Corn Syrup
*OR* Same amount of Maple Syrup
*OR* Same amount of Brown Rice Syrup
*OR* Same amount of Barley Malt Syrup




But remember, when making a substitute for molasses be sure to measure accurately for best results. Remember that a substitute for molasses may alter slightly the taste, texture, weight, or moisture content of the finished product. It’s important to keep in mind the other ingredients in your recipe when choosing the proper substitute for molasses for your purposes.

Check our molasses shelf life page to find out how long molasses lasts.

To find out how long other ingredients are good for, please visit the DairyDrinksFruitsGrainsProteinsVegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or search below.

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