Uk Equivalent Of Light Corn Syrup

Baking By CakeGalUK Updated 24 Oct 2014 , 1:36pm by Dayti

CakeGalUK Posted 21 Apr 2010 , 6:35pm
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I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't seem to find it... I want to try a recipe from here that calls for light corn syrup but I'm not sure what the UK equivalent is? I assume it's not glucose syrup?

I can go to the US store that's near here if I have to but that's a really expensive way of doing it and I'm sure it's just called something else over here...?

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peg818 Posted 21 Apr 2010 , 7:22pm
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well glucose is about twice as thick as corn syrup. And you do have a golden syrup that is the same consistency as corn syrup but tastes different.

I would almost say that if you can water down the glucose it would be the closest in taste and color. But i really don't know much about glucose as when i come to a recipe with that i usually just use corn syrup, and decrease some of the water in the recipe if needed.

sabriana Posted 21 Apr 2010 , 7:28pm
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Hi there -

I am an expat American living in Ireland. So I know the taste and texture of corn syrup and golden syrup...

I use golden syrup all the time in place of light corn syrup. In addition, my hero Rose Levy Berenbaum says that golden syrup is a better replacement for corn syrup!

Hth - and good luck!

CakeGalUK Posted 22 Apr 2010 , 6:54am
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Thanks for the replies icon_smile.gif

Wow I thought that golden syrup would have too much of a flavour but that's much easier to get hold of, great!

rainbow_kisses Posted 22 Apr 2010 , 9:34am
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Golden syrup for light corn syrup and treacle for dark corn syrup. You can buy corn syrup from some foregn food retailers and on line at

CakeGalUK Posted 22 Apr 2010 , 4:56pm
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That is the store near me, so was my backup plan - but it's £3.99 whereas if golden syrup is the same and it's about 85p!

I'm going with golden syrup, but I am confused as it does have a flavour, whereas I thought the point of corn syrup was flavourless!?

sabriana Posted 22 Apr 2010 , 7:27pm
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What flavour are you concerned about? I use the golden syrup in MFF and I have the entire room gagging for cake! Don't confuse pure golden syrup with the maple flavoured one - bottles look VERY similar. But I have used it in EVERY recipe from icing to fondant to sweets all with great success!

I agree with scrummymummy; treacle is a great match for dark corn syrup... but treacle will be stronger - I use it instead of Molasses in recipes but found it to be a bit too strong for my pecan pie...


rainbow_kisses Posted 22 Apr 2010 , 8:03pm
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golden syrup is a slightly flavoured and coloured but I use it with great success and if no one is aware it should taste any different who is to know but you icon_biggrin.gif

AnAngelsKiss Posted 23 Oct 2014 , 11:00pm
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ASabrina why do you say using this golden syrup has people gagging? I sure wouldn't want someone to be gagging on my cake. Is that a foreign term?

Dayti Posted 24 Oct 2014 , 1:36pm
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Originally Posted by AnAngelsKiss 

Sabrina why do you say using this golden syrup has people gagging? I sure wouldn't want someone to be gagging on my cake. Is that a foreign term?

"Gagging for..." is the same as "begging for..." or "dying for..." etc, in a positive sense. "Gagging for" should not be confused with "gagging on" or "gagging over", which would both be negative :)

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