Light Corn Syrup Substitute

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Many a time, I have excitedly looked at a recipe and got dejected the moment I read ‘Corn Syrup’. This is not an easily available ingredient in India. One can always substitute with honey, but certain recipes do not permit that. Modelling Chocolate, one of my most ambitious projects, called for corn syrup and no honey. 🙁 I was worried that if I don’t get corn syrup, I won’t be able to do the project. Well, it’s something that can’t be made at home but thanks to my research, I found a solution to it. 🙂

So all those who are disheartened about non-availability of Corn syrup needn’t worry. This substitute really works. Now no more walking up and down the aisle of the grocery store double checking for Corn syrup.. 🙂

Light Corn Syrup Substitute

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Light Corn Syrup Substitute
Many a time, I have excitedly looked at a recipe and got dejected the moment I read 'Corn Syrup'. This is not an easily available ingredient in India. One can always substitute with honey, but certain recipes do not permit that. Modelling Chocolate, one of my most ambitious projects, called for corn
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Stir often.
  3. Cover the pan with lid and simmer for about 3 minutes.
  4. Take the lid off and stir and let it simmer till you get the rightconsistency.
  5. Switch off the heat.
  6. Cool and pour into a container.
  7. This can be stored at room temperature for upto 2 months.
Recipe Notes


You can use same amount of lime juice instead of cream of tartar

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  1. anonymous says:

    Thanks i was looking for one….well will try soon…….

  2. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Hope to hear from you soon..with the feedback 🙂

  3. anonymous says:

    will it work for modelling chocolate?

  4. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Yes it sure will work. I made modelling chocolate with this only 🙂

  5. talesofamountainbird says:

    hey i wanted to make fondant to cover cakes and the recipe calls for use of corn syrup. will this work there?? and do u have any recipes for fondant that u tried? does lime juice work as well as cream of tartar? have you tried with lime juice??/ (many a times i have noticed the substitutes do not work!)

  6. Mareena Jerrish says:


    I havent tried making fondant with this substitute..but have successfully made marshmallows using this and it worked really well. Lime juice definitely works well instead of cream of tartar . I have tried that too successfully… So in short I can assure you that whenever I have mentioned a substitute, its only after trying it out successfully ..Hope this helps you.. 🙂

  7. Vimala Gopal says:

    what should be the consistency of this substitute.pouring or batter or sticky ???

  8. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Hi Vimala,

    It should be a syrupy consistency..

  9. Divya says:

    Thanx for ur recipe of corn starch…m going to make it with lime juice…..I just started blogging my tried n tested recipes n wanted to make fondant…… Thanx again 🙂

  10. Mareena Jerrish says:

    You are most welcome Divya. Btw, this is corn syrup and not corn starch. Corn flour and corn starch are the same. Hope this helps.Good luck with fondant making!!!

  11. Mili says:

    Thanks a lot for the recipe. I was getting worried where to get corn syrup from! Am going to make fondant with this. Will let you know how it turns out. Thanks again! 🙂

  12. Mareena Jerrish says:

    You are most welcome Mili 🙂

  13. Mili says:

    Mine doesnt look as yellow as it does in the pic. Is that ok?

  14. Mareena Jerrish says:

    I hope the consistency is fine..if its fine, then I think it should be ok.

  15. Cantalicia says:

    Thanks for the recipe, i tried it but i cut the ingredients in half, it hardens as it cools, is that normal?

  16. Mareena Jerrish says:

    If it hardened then I think you must have overcooked it..the issue while making sugar syrup is the heat matters..Too much heat for long could change the consistency..

  17. Anonymous says:

    Hi , Can I use this corn syrup for marshmallows

  18. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Yes. That’s what I did 🙂

  19. Maharana Pratap says:

    hi ruchi, u can use liquid glucose in place of corn syrup which is easily the liquid glucose is very thick use only half the quantity..and mix with water.

  20. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Thank you for your tip Bina 🙂

  21. Gheetha Mathew says:

    thks for the information…

  22. Nishith Shah says:

    is there any solution to make corn syrup substitute with high maltose liquid glucose to make chocolate modelling? I mean how do I get thiner the liquid glucose

  23. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Hi Nishith,

    I used this one to make modelling chocolate and it turned out fine.

  24. anonymous says:

    Can I use lemon juice instead of lime juice?

  25. Mareena Jerrish says:

    yes you can

  26. Divya sooraj says:

    Thnks a ton mareena I hv been looking for the substitute and very soon I will try and will let u knw……..

  27. Mareena Jerrish says:

    You are welcome Divya. Looking fwd to hear from you

  28. barnes says:

    Thanks, I was looking for a corn syrup substitute for a science experiment ! This is perfect.

  29. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Glad to have been of help 🙂

  30. Kheyru says:

    OMG, i wasn’t sure if i was gonna find corn syrup here in saudi arabia, before i go to the supermarket i found your post.. wanted a substitute for making fondant and yaaaaay Thanks !! i’ll try it soon and let you know 😀

  31. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Looking fwd for your feedback 🙂

  32. Swetha.S.Patil says:

    can u plz give the recipe of marshmallows using all the veg substitutes?

  33. salma jaffer says:

    Hi ive tried this recipe twice and when i store all the sugar hardens at the bottom of the container . Ive tried a glass container and plastic. Plsss help

  34. Mareena Jerrish says:

    If you notice the syrup has begun to harden, you can rewarm it with a few tablespoons of water to bring the solution back into balance.

  35. Huda says:

    today I tried ur recipe… everything went fine till cooking and I cooked only till I got a syrupy consistency but as it started cooling the syrup became opaque white in look instead transparent or clear appearance and I felt small sugar powder like particles in it… so where did I went wrong

  36. Catnip says:

    Thanks for this substitute. I wanna make cake fondant at home (since fondant is another thing which isn’t available in India easily) and the recipe which I found online has ingredients:

    2 cups granulated sugar
    1/2 cup water
    2 tbsp light corn syrup

    Please help me. WIll it work?

  37. Mareena Jerrish says:

    I am not sure if its a good recipe for fondant

  38. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Sorry for the delay in replying. This went to the spam folder. Reading the prob you faced, I think you must have boiled it more than required.

  39. Ashwini says:

    thanks .. i will try do this corn syrup…i was hunting for d corn syrup in market…

  40. sumanya says:

    Hi … I have tried this recipe… I transferred it to a glass jar before it cools… Bt when it cooled it became solid… What to do now??

  41. Mareena Jerrish says:

    Gently reheating it and adding a little bit of hot water to it will help liquefy the sugar crystals.

  42. Tasniem says:

    Hi I would like to know if I could substitute lime juice with bottled lemon juice?


  43. Mareena Jerrish says:

    I would suggest using fresh juice

  44. Alby says:

    Thanks a ton for this, I searched the entire super market and could not find corn syrup. Will use this for frosting.

  45. preethisivakumar says:

    Hi there is a fondant recipe here
    which says
    1/3 cup softened butter
    1/3 cup light corn syrup
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    1/2 tsp salt
    4 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

    Can i use your substitute instead of light corn syrup ??? If people who posted here get back wtih their expereince in making fondant, it will be helpful. thanks

  46. Mareena Jerrish says:

    I made moulded chocolate using the substitute. Havent tried making cant say for sure

  47. preethisivakumar says:

    Thank you Mareena. Wish people who said are going to try fondant with this , post if it worked for them. I’m planning to make fondant using this, if i try , will definitely post on how it worked

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