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6 Easy Corn Syrup Substitutes: Intensify the Taste

Who knew substituting corn syrup could be this easy? We pulled together some everyday alternatives. You don’t need to run to the store for these!

Have honey in your pantry? Perfect, grab that. Maple syrup? Even better, it’s on the list. Agave nectar, molasses, sugar and water mix—you’re set!

Simple swaps for delicious dishes. Cooking tips straight from our kitchens to yours. Ready to amp up your cooking game? Let’s start!

6 Easy Substitutes for Corn Syrup

Here are six easy substitutes that you might already have in your pantry:

SubstituteTasteTextureRatioSuitable Dishes
HoneySweet, floralThick, viscous1:1Baked goods, sauces, marinades
Maple SyrupSweet, slightly nuttyThick, syrupy1:1Baked goods, pancakes, waffles
Brown Rice SyrupMild, slightly nuttyThick, sticky1:1Baked goods, granola, energy bars
Agave NectarSweet, mildThin, syrupy1:1Beverages, dressings, marinades
MolassesSweet, robust, slightly bitterThick, sticky1:1Baked beans, gingerbread, baked goods
Date SyrupSweet, caramel-likeThick, syrupy1:1Baked goods, smoothies, oatmeal

1 – Honey

First, let’s talk honey. It’s a great swap for corn syrup.

Honey tastes sweeter and richer. We love its natural, floral notes. Substitute it in a 1:1 ratio.

This means, for every cup of corn syrup, use a cup of honey. It works perfectly to add a golden color to your sauces or glazes.

Want more on honey? Check out the detailed honey substitutes article.

Mix honey with warm water if it’s thick. Its thicker consistency makes it stick better in basting sauces.

2 – Maple Syrup

The caramel sweetness of maple syrup makes it a great 1:1 substitute for corn syrup.

It’s thinner than corn syrup but definitely packs flavor. Think of those rich, amber notes from a slice of maple pie.

It shines in both sweets and sauces. Using it in glazes? Top-notch choice.

Want detailed substitutes? Check our maple syrup substitutes article.

We use it in our salad dressings too. A sweet twist! Just remember, for every cup of corn syrup, use a cup of maple syrup. Simple, right?

3 – Brown Rice Syrup

One of our favourites, brown rice syrup, offers a mild, nutty flavor. It’s less sweet than corn syrup. Perfect for those who prefer subtle sweetness.

Use it as a 1:1 substitute. Consistency is key; it’s similar to corn syrup but slightly thinner. Handy in both baking and cooking.

From cookies to sauces, brown rice syrup shines. We love it for its versatility. Looking for another option? Check out our detailed brown rice syrup substitutes article for more ideas.

4 – Agave Nectar

The thing about agave nectar is that it’s super sweet and smooth. Use it as a 3/4 cup for every cup of corn syrup. Its caramel-like flavor works well in desserts and drinks.

We love its syrupy consistency, a bit thinner but just right. It mixes easily and gives a mild, pleasant sweetness. We often use it in smoothies and homemade granola bars.

For more info, check our detailed agave nectar substitutes article. Swap it in and enjoy the sweet simplicity!

5 – Molasses

When we think molasses, rich and robust comes to mind. It has a strong, slightly bitter flavor.

A bit less sweet, we love its deep, dark notes. Use it as a 1:1 substitute for corn syrup.

Its thick, sticky texture works great in baked goods and sauces. Molasses brings a warm, earthy depth to our favorite recipes.

Interested in more alternatives? Check out our detailed molasses substitutes article for other great ideas.

Molasses shines especially in gingersnaps and marinades.

6 – Date Syrup

Date syrup packs a rich and deep sweetness that’s incomparable. This syrup is beloved for its complex flavors, combining caramel, earthy, and a hint of savory notes.

It’s not overly sweet, making it ideal for those who appreciate a more muted sweetness. We recommend using it in a 1:1 ratio with corn syrup for authentic-tasting confections and sauces.

In our experience, its thick consistency makes it great for baking. Check out our detailed date syrup substitutes article for more insights.