Golden syrup is golden by name and golden by nature. It is a thick sugar syrup with a caramel flavour, commonly used in baking, cooking and as a condiment. Golden syrup is found in many sweet recipes like flapjacks, cookies, cakes and steamed puddings!
It’s great on thick American style pancakes and adds a touch of sweetness to porridge!
Golden syrup is surprisingly easy to make at home, click here to see for yourself!
Golden syrup alternatives
If you don’t have time to run to the shops or make it yourself here are a few substitutes and how to use them!
- Honey – Golden syrup and honey both have similar consistency and colours. However, honey is usually much more expensive and it has a stronger flavour that may affect the taste of what you’re making. Another difference is that honey reacts differently to heat.
- Maple syrup – Like honey maple syrup can be expensive, differ in flavour and consistency. It is best to use maple syrup as a replacement condiment rather than in recipes.
- Corn syrup – Is a sugar syrup made without caramelisation. This means it lacks some flavour but can be used in the same way as golden syrup in baking! If needed you can add a bit of honey for flavour.
Golden syrup is completely vegan-friendly, it’s commonly used as a substitute for honey. There are about 60 calories per 100 grams of golden syrup.