Corn syrup is generally used in the enhancement of the sweetness and viscosity of foods. It is a less expensive type of sweetener when compared to others like sugar and agave nectar.
In this article, we have provided a list of various stores where you can find corn syrup, what aisle they are kept in, as well as the best brands for you to make your pick from.
What Aisle is Corn Syrup in the Grocery Store?
The first place to look when searching for corn syrup in the grocery store is the baking aisle. Corn syrup is often used in various confections, so it is usually placed with other baking ingredients like flour and molasses. However, some stores may keep corn syrup in different areas, hence you may not find it in the baking aisle.
If corn syrup is not in the baking aisle, you may need to look further in the candy aisle, or the condiments aisle. You can also find corn syrup in the health food section or breakfast aisle of some other stores, near the oatmeal and cereal.
Also, because it is a liquid, it is usually in a large jug or a large plastic bottle.
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Where to Buy Corn Syrup Near You?
You can purchase corn syrup at most local supermarkets, as well as online stores such as:
Especially when considering a bulk purchase of corn syrup, Amazon is the best place to go for a reduced price for larger quantities. Karo Light Syrup and Karo Dark Syrup are the two most popular brands that you can order on Amazon.
At Kroger, you will find corn syrup in either the pantry department, breakfast aisle, or in the cereal aisle, near the hot cereal and maple syrup. Some of the best-selling brands of corn syrup in Kroger include Karo Light Corn Syrup and Kroger Light Corn Syrup.
At Walmart, you will find corn syrup in the baking aisle, near golden syrup and flour, near sugars and sweeteners, and also in the breakfast aisle. Karo Dark Corn Syrup, Karo Light Corn Syrup, and Blackburn’s Light Corn Syrup have been rated highest in Walmart stores.
Close to any Publix store? There you will find Publix Syrup, Karo Light Corn Syrup, and Karo Dark Corn Syrup in the cereal aisle where corn syrups are kept.
Among other brands such as Karo, Safeway also sells corn syrup from Signature Kitchens. You will find Signature Select Corn Syrup, Sf Lite Corn Syrup, and Karo Light and Dark Corn Syrup all at Safeway.
Target stores now have a private-label food and beverage brand, Market Pantry, which focuses on providing customers with low-price staple foods. They carry corn syrup from their brand and also other brands like Karo.
You may also find corn syrup in any of the grocery stores in your neighborhood.
What Can You Use in Place of Corn Syrup?
Corn syrup does not add any form of flavor to a recipe (only sweetness). Hence there are other sweeteners that will be suitable as substitutes for corn syrup and will serve just about the same purpose as corn syrup. They include:
- Agave nectar
- Golden syrup etc.
By simply dissolving sugar in water, you create a concentrated simple liquid syrup. This liquid syrup is a great substitute for corn syrup in pies (pecan). However, sugar, unlike corn syrup, crystallizes at a very high temperature, therefore it is not suitable for recipes that will pass through the heat for longer periods.
Honey is a very good stand-in for corn syrup in baked foods. Honey retains moisture, and while it may add a little bit of flavor, the difference will be subtle as long as you go for light-colored honey.
3. Agave nectar
Agave nectar, also called agave syrup, has a mild flavor. It is another suitable option to consider when corn syrup is out of reach. It can be used in pies, sauces, and various other dessert recipes but cannot be used for making candy because it contains a much higher amount of fructose.
Molasses contain various vitamins and minerals and can be used in place of dark corn syrup in equal amounts when making baked goods, glazes, and sauces.
Also, you can combine a part of molasses with 3 parts of light corn syrup in order to adequately match the color, flavor as well as consistency of dark corn syrup.
Is Corn Syrup Beneficial?
You may ask if there are any benefits attributed to corn syrup. The answer is yes. Corn syrup can be used in the preservation of the texture of canned fruits, reducing the moisture in certain foods in order to preserve them, improving the color of some baked foods, and improving the flavor of soft drinks, fruit juices, and yogurts.
Again, when looking for corn syrup in the grocery store, look in the baking aisle and when you don’t find it, check the condiment aisle.
When you want to measure out some corn syrup, honey, or molasses to use in your recipe, try spraying the measuring cup with cooking spray or running it under hot water. This practice helps to prevent sticking, makes it easier for accurate measurement of ingredients, and simplifies the cleanup.