kimmum Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 3:47am
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Hi, Can anyone tell me if you can get corn syrup in Australia if so where, and if not what would be a subsitute. I do have glucose syrup but not sure if that is the same.
Thanks

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zespri Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 8:12am
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oh my goodness, I had this exact same issue, it was driving me mad! I found so many posts with different information. Some said glucose is totally different and should not be substituted, so that was enough to make me worried.

Turns out glucose used to be made of something different (can't remember what), but now it's made of something else, and is now very similar to corn syrup. However it's a LOT thicker than corn syrup. The glucose you will buy will be thick like honey. I can't think of anything to compare corn syrup to, but it's significantly runnier. (I managed to get hold of a hideously expensive bottle of the american brand corn syrup so that I could see what it was like, but have no intention of continuing to import it, SO expensive).

Anyway, you just need to add a tiny bit of water to your glucose and you will be able to use it in place of corn syrup. Put two teaspoons of water into a measuring cup, then fill it up with glucose until it gets to the 1/2 cup mark. Mix it up, and voila, you have a similar consistency to corn syrup.

I've used both the purchased corn syrup and my home-made version and got the exact same results in my recipe.

I hope that helps!

noahsmummy Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 9:05am
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i make my own in big batches.. glucose is so expensive and thikc.. and generally just a pita! lol.

here a link to the recipe i use..

i make it in big batches and store in an airtight container.
http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf21362042.tip.html

cakeastic Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 10:14am
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I think golden syrup would work fine if you have it there.

zespri Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 6:40pm
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awesome noahsmummy, I use so little of it I don't mind buying the glucose, but I'm going to file that away in case I ever start needing large amounts - thanks!

noahsmummy Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 10:19pm
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no problem - i make alot of mff, which requires corn syrup, it truly work well in place of the corn syrup.

Evoir Posted 27 Jan 2011 , 10:28pm
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Please do not use golden syrup in place of white/light corn syrup!!

I now buy glucose in 6kg jars, and it is made from maize, which is...corn. So, very very similar to corn syrup. I substitute it directly for corn syrup, undiluted, but then again I don't make a lot of fondant or GP with it icon_smile.gif

auzzi Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 10:03am
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In the United States, glucose syrup is called "Corn syrup" because it comes almost exclusively from maize.

Although corn syrup is a glucose syrup, glucose syrup is not always corn syrup. Glucose syrup is also produced from wheat, barley, tapioca, potato, rice, cassava, arrowroot, sago and maize starches.

Modern corn syrups unfortunately contain high levels of fructose rather than mostly glucose.

I checked the Karo website:
Karo Light corn syrup: Light corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, salt, vanilla.
Karo Dark corn syrup: Dark corn syrup, refiners syrup [cane sugar syrup], caramel flavor, salt, sodium benzoate, caramel color.

Glucose syrup tends to be a thick syrup. Corn syrup [US] tends to be a thinner syrup.

The equivalence is 120ml corn syrup plus 45ml water equals 120ml glucose plus 60ml water to produce similar results [usually].

They can be interchanged in some recipes BUT they can/do react differently.

IGA supermarkets, Coles and foodservice companies like Dijon Foods periodically have it in stock.

zespri Posted 28 Jan 2011 , 6:13pm
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When I was going through my corn syrup finding dilemma, I even contacted Karo! They said they don't export anywhere in the world, that they only sell in America. Does that mean the stuff you've seen in coles etc is a different brand, or they've somehow got some karo? I really like the karo bottle, it's a squeezy, so much tidier to handle than my queens glucose whcih comes in a jar I have to dip a spoon into. When my karo is empty I'll refill it with queens & water I think!

kimmum Posted 29 Jan 2011 , 12:33am

Thank you all so much for the advice, I am going to try the diluted glucose today as already have it in the cubboard anyway. I think I am going to get very addicted to this site very quickly lol.
Thanks again

kathyx1 Posted 29 Jan 2011 , 1:08am

I've substituted glucose once before when I made Neoclassic buttercream and it didn't work so I won't do that again.(I make that butter cream a lot and I've never had problems when making it with corn syrup).
Here are two links to where I buy it online.

http://www.completecakedec.com.au/index.html
http://www.carolines.com.au/

Evoir Posted 29 Jan 2011 , 10:17am

I can get light and dark Karo from a wholesaler I use (they also sell to the public). They sell all sorts of imported produce.

zespri Posted 29 Jan 2011 , 8:00pm

That's fabulou Evoir, which wholesaler is it? For anyone from Auckland who might come upon this thread one day, there is a place in Mt Wellington called 'Matha's backyard' which imports american products. They sell small bottles of Karo for $8.50.

BUT, yesterday I was at my regular supermarket looking for sesame oil in the asian section, and lo and behold there was some corn syrup! The entire label was in chinese (I think), except for the words corn syrup. I tipped the bottle upside down to see how the liquid moves, and it's definitely corn syrup, not glucose. So I'm pretty excited about that, and will be trying it out.


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Originally Posted by Evoir

I can get light and dark Karo from a wholesaler I use (they also sell to the public). They sell all sorts of imported produce.


Evoir Posted 30 Jan 2011 , 2:20am

The store is called Bibinas, at Warners Bay.

I should mention I have also found it in the health food sections of SOME of the city-based Coles supermarkets.

HTH!

NatashaRinOz Posted 23 Jul 2012 , 12:28am
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Originally Posted by kimmum

Hi, Can anyone tell me if you can get corn syrup in Australia if so where, and if not what would be a subsitute. I do have glucose syrup but not sure if that is the same.
Thanks




I have found that Glucose syrup is a very good substitute although it is getting easier to find Karo Corn Syrup now in the supermarket. I found a small article at http://cookingsoftware.com.au/index.php5?title=Corn_syrup that might help

Tasha

Chellescakes Posted 23 Jul 2012 , 10:11am

I found corn syrup in coles the other day.

capfitz Posted 9 Dec 2013 , 4:32am

This is very helpful information. Thank you very much.

MBalaska Posted 9 Dec 2013 , 4:56am

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Originally Posted by noahsmummy 

i make my own in big batches.. glucose is so expensive and thikc.. and generally just a pita! lol.

here a link to the recipe i use..

i make it in big batches and store in an airtight container.
http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf21362042.tip.html

very glad that I read this thread.  I'm always curious about how to make things, just in case the lines of supplies ever get cut off up here.  Good to know a baker on CC makes it an uses it.

Tamson Posted 9 Dec 2013 , 5:27am

AHi. I buy Karo brand corn syrup from USA foods in Moorabin,. I have seen it in some cake shops but costs nearly twice as much. You can also buy a large bottle from them also. Hope this helps. http://www.usafoods.com.au/Baking-and-Dessert/Cake-Mixes-Baking/Karo-Light-Corn-Syrup-16oz http://www.usafoods.com.au/Baking-and-Dessert/Cake-Mixes-Baking/Karo-Light-Corn-Syrup-32oz

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