Types of glucose syrup substitutes

Updated April 17, 2017

Glucose syrup is common in a wide variety of foods. Dietary restrictions, health problems, personal preference or sound logic might lead you to want to avoid glucose syrup in your diet. Several substitutes can replace the flavour of the glucose syrup, and many of these are easy to find or prepare.


Substitute non-nutritional sweeteners for glucose syrup. The active ingredient in sweeteners are usually aspartame and sucralose. These products have no calories and are therefore ideal for diabetics and as replacements in drinks, such as coffee or tea, and cold foods that do not require baking.

Light syrup substitute

To make your own concoction of a glucose syrup substitute, combine 500 ml (2 cups) of white sugar, 175 ml (3/4 cup) water, 1 ml (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 to a strong boil. Then reduce the heat to a simmer and let the solution sit for three minutes. Uncover the pan and let it cool 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 correct amount of sugar.


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

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