By Bob Shneidley

Glucose syrup is another name for corn syrup and is common in a wide variety of foods. Dietary restrictions, personal preference or sound logic might lead you to want to avoid glucose syrup in your diet. Several substitutes can replace the flavor of the glucose syrup. Many of these are easy to find or prepare.

Sweets almost always have some sort of glucose syrup.


Substitute non-nutritive sweeteners for glucose syrup. Brand names for these sweeteners include Equal and Splenda; the active ingredient in these are aspartame and sucralose. These products have no calories and are therefore ideal for diabetics and as replacements in beverages such as coffee and cold foods that do not require baking.

Light Corn Syrup Substitute

To make your own concoction of a glucose syrup substitute, combine 2 cups of white sugar, 3/4 cups water, 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar and a dash of salt in a large pan. Stir all the ingredients together and bring the temperature up so a strong boil is present in the pan. Then, reduce the heat to a simmer and let sit for 3 minutes. Uncover the pan and let it sit until it reaches a soft, buttery consistency.

Simple Syrup

Simple syrup, a popular mixture used in a plethora of cocktails and baking recipes, is a suitable substitute for glucose syrup. Simple syrup is simply one part water to one part sugar. You usually make it by bringing water to a boil, adding the sugar slowly and mixing the concoction until you have added the suitable amount of sugar.


Honey is a natural sweetener that you can use in place of glucose syrup. Honey is a sweeter ingredient than corn syrup but its use will cause minimal change to the flavor profile of your recipe. Use it as a replacement in equal parts, as you would use the glucose syrup.