Corn Syrup Substitutes

Corn Syrup Substitutes

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If you are dealing with a corn allergy, you may be looking for corn syrup substitutes for baking. Following are some tips on how to replace corn syrup in any recipe.

Keep in mind the color and flavor of the substitutes and how they might affect the final outcome of your recipe.

Sugar Syrup

For each cup of light corn syrup in a recipe, substitute 1 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup water. Heat on a stove until the sugar dissolves.


When replacing a cup of light corn syrup, use 1/2 as much agave, and increase other liquids in the recipe by up to 1/3 of a cup.

Brown Sugar Syrup

For each cup of dark corn syrup, substitute 1 cup of packed brown sugar and 1/4 cup water. Heat on a stove until the sugar dissolves.


Honey can be used as a corn syrup replacement. However, keep in mind that honey has a different flavor and can be sweeter than corn syrup. Use 1 cup of honey for 1 cup of corn syrup.

Brown Rice Syrup

Brown rice syrup is created by breaking down rice starches into simpler sugars, straining the resulting liquid, and then boiling it into a syrup. It has a nutty rice flavor and can be used as a substitute for corn syrup. Try using 1 cup of brown rice syrup for 1 cup of corn syrup.

Maple Syrup

Keep in mind that using maple syrup in baking will definitely alter the flavor of what you are making. You can substitute maple syrup for corn syrup in equal parts. Baked goods may take longer to brown so you may want to increase the oven temperature for 20-25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Golden Syrup (Treacle)

Golden syrup (also known as treacle) is a thick, amber-colored form of inverted sugar syrup.  It is made by refining sugar cane or sugar beet juice into sugar. It can be used interchangeably with corn syrup.

These are just a few ideas to get you started. If you have any other corn syrup substitutes, share them with us in the comments section below!