Homemade Corn Syrup

Homemade Corn Syrup in a Pyrex Container

Ever find yourself in the middle of baking, sure that you have enough corn syrup and find out that low and behold you are either out or do not have quite enough for your recipe? Me Too! This is a perfect substitution for store-bought corn syrup!

Let me first try to answer a few questions you may have about corn syrup:

Q: CAN ANYTHING BE SUBSTITUTED FOR STORE BOUGHT CORN SYRUP?

A: Yes! depending on what you are using it for and if it calls for dark or light corn syrup you have a few options. Honey is an option that should work in most recipes and you can make your own corn syrup to get you through.

Q: IS HOMEMADE CORN SYRUP THE EXACT SAME AS THE STORE BOUGHT?

A: Not the exact same. We are only trying to create a substitute version. Store bought corn syrup is stabilized to avoid the sugar crystallizing. Homemade corn syrup can get some of the sugar to crystalize after it cools down. It will work in most recipes but if you are a serious candy maker you may want to stick with store bought for those hard candies or specialty recipes. But your average person can use the homemade in most of your baking/cooking.

Q: WHAT DO I DO IF MY CORN SYRUP DOES CRYSTALLIZE?

A: Usually gently reheating it and adding just a little bit of hot water to it will be enough to liquify those sugar crystals

Homemade Corn Syrup Recipes

I have TWO recipes for you, the reader. Both are great choices. The first is the “in a pinch, middle of a recipe” rescue, and the second one is the “make my own large batch” plan ahead recipe.

Recipe 1: Middle of the Recipe Rescue (See the Image Below for the Entire Recipe)

Quick Corn Syrup Recipe (Image)

Recipe 2: Large Batch, Plan Ahead Recipe

Homemade Corn Syrup

Big Batch, Super Fast
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Keyword: Syrup
Servings: 1 Quart
Author: David Fulton

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Sugar (white sugar for light corn syrup, brown sugar for dark corn syrup)
  • 1/4 cup Nearly Boiling Water
  • 3-4 ears Corn (or 2 cups frozen corn kernals)
  • 5 1/4 cups Water (reduce to 2 1/2 cups if leaving out corn)
  • 36 oz Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Vanilla Extract <a href="https://homegrownandhealthy.com/homemade-vanilla-extract">Make Your Own</a>
  • 2 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Stir together until sugar is dissolved
  • Let cool
  • Slice or snap corn on the cob into smaller chunks. (I snapped mine into thirds. I cut part way through the cob till I hit the center and then just snapped at the precut line)
  • Bring medium sized sauce pan with the water and corn to a boil
  • Reduce heat to medium and let simmer 30 min. or until water is reduced by half.
  • Pull out your corn cobs from the pan, or using a large strainer spoon(you know the ones with the holes in it!)
  • Strain out all of your corn from the pan
  • Add sugar, salt and vanilla to the pan, stir until sugar is dissolved
  • Using a candy thermometer, cook to soft ball stage stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and let cool until ready to use
  • Store in refrigerator (it will keep for a long time!)
  • When ready to use, if you have a few sugar crystals, microwave it with just a little bit of water to gently melt sugar crystals before using