By Sarah Rigg

Cane syrup, sometimes called "golden syrup," is often used in Caribbean and British cooking. If you don't have any cane syrup at home, you may wonder what you can use in place of it.

Several recipe substitutions can be made for cane syrup.

Corn Syrup

Light or dark corn syrup can be used as a substitute for cane sugar in many recipes. While it isn't as sweet and doesn't have the same flavor as cane syrup, corn syrup is also more readily available in most supermarkets.

Homemade Sugar Syrup

The authors of suggest substituting a homemade syrup made up of 1 and 1/4 cups of sugar combined with 1/3 cup of water. Boil the mixture until it thickens.


The Cook's Thesaurus suggests combining two parts light corn syrup to one part molasses to replace cane sugar in a recipe.


Another substitution for cane syrup suggested by the Cook's Thesaurus is equal parts honey and corn syrup.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup can also be substituted for cane syrup, but it is thinner than cane syrup and may affect the consistency of the final product.