Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute

VIDEORECIPE Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute

5 min

corn syrup is a common baking ingredient in America, but not everywhere else. So, my recipe is for all of you bakers that don't want to use corn syrup, for those who simply cannot find it, and for those who like to make it all from scratch.

5 min


number of servings
  • 2 cups sugar (ozg) Added to
  • 34 cup water (flozml) Added to
  • 14 tsp cream of tartar (there is no substitute for this) Added to
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice* Added to
  • pinch of salt Added to


1. Step

In a heavy bottomed saucepan, over medium heat, add the sugar, water, cream of tartar, salt and lemon juice.

Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute - preparation step 1
2. Step

Once the sugar dissolves, turn down the heat and let the syrup simmer steadily until it reduces significantly and becomes a thick syrup that drips off your spatula slowly. This will take roughly 15 to 20 minutes. You can test if it's ready by putting a drop on a cold plate and placing it back in the fridge for 10 minutes. If it is really thick once it's cold then it is ready. To be even more exact, you want it to reaches 230°F (110°C) on a candy thermometer.

Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute - preparation step 2
3. Step

Remove from the heat and put the pot in a bowl of cold water to cool it down quickly. Once the syrup cools down completely use as directed in your recipe.

Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute - preparation step 3
4. Step

You will end up with roughly 1 1/3 cups (14oz/398g) of corn syrup substitute. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 months.

Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute - preparation step 4

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