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Healthy Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute (Best Recipe)

By Evelyn

You’re way better off making your own corn syrup substitutes from scratch compared to buying any kind of commercially available brands. This easy to follow recipe makes a perfect substitute that you can use in any recipe that calls for corn syrup, and is so much better for you!

Healthy Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute

How to Make Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute

  • Combine the ingredients. Add the honey, water, cream of tartar, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt to a heavy bottomed pot and stir to combine.
  • Cook. Cook over medium heat until the candy thermometer reads 230℉. It’s important that you follow this temperature to ensure the proper consistency.
  • Let cool. Allow the syrup to cool completely before using it.

Corn Syrup Substitute

Corn Syrup Substitute

Why Should I Use a Corn Syrup Substitute?

I never buy any type of corn syrup products from stores because 9 out of 10 times, they’re absolutely horrible for your health. Although there are a select few brands that are somewhat good for you, here are a few reasons why you should be using corn syrup substitutes like this one instead:

  • Nutrient-dense. Making a corn syrup substitute with all-natural ingredients provides you with way more nutrients than commercial corn syrups. Honey in particular is especially nutrient-dense, as it’s packed full of beneficial antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Protects against disease. Speaking of those antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, they both work in tandem to help protect you against various types of chronic inflammatory diseases. Believe it or not, but raw honey has actually been used to treat a variety of health conditions for centuries. (1)
  • Allergy relief. Allergies to corn and corn by-products are incredibly common all across the globe. If you suffer from corn allergies, making your own corn syrup substitute works wonders for letting you still be able to enjoy making a wide variety of recipes.

Corn Syrup Substitute

Corn Syrup Substitute

Do I Need the Cream of Tartar?

In most cases, there are actually quite a few different substitutes you can use for cream of tartar when making recipes. However, this recipe is one of the exceptions.

The reason for this is that corn syrup is often used in recipes to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Since cream of tartar is also able to prevent sugar crystals from forming, it’s the best choice to use when making a homemade corn syrup substitute.

Corn Syrup Substitute

What’s the Best Way to Store This Corn Syrup Substitute?

You’ll want to keep your corn syrup substitute bottled up in some type of airtight container and keep it stored in a cool, dry place.

Since there are no preservatives in this recipe, your substitute typically won’t last as long as regular corn syrup will. You can expect this syrup to keep for about 3 months.

Corn Syrup Substitute


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Corn Syrup Substitute

Healthy Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute (Best Recipe)

  • Author: Evelyn
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


  • 2 cups honey 
  • 2/3 cup water 
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar 
  • 2 tsp lemon juice 
  • pinch of salt


  1. Add all the ingredients to a heavy bottomed pot. 
  2. Stir to combine. 
  3. Cook over medium heat until the candy thermometer reads 230°F. 
  4. Allow to cool completely before use.

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