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How to Make Candy Without Corn Syrup

I have a daughter who is not able to eat corn syrup. She has been craving some type of lollipop. How would I make lollipops or any hard candy without corn syrup? Would brown rice syrup be a good replacement?

Corn syrup is often used in candy making to control sugars tendency to be grainy and to crystallize. We think several other liquid sweeteners would substitute nicely. Golden syrup, a pale derivative of the process of refining sugar cane, is our best suggestion. Other options include the rice syrup you mention or barley malt syrup.

Wed stay away from honey, though. First, it has a lot more flavor than corn syrup or the other choices and might overpower whatever fruit or mint flavors you'd choose. Second, it tends to soften candy, because it attracts moisture.

The final option is a simple sugar syrup (essentially omitting the corn syrup in your recipe), which you can easily make yourself. If you have a trustworthy candy thermometer, you can take it to the ideal temperature (300F to 310F (150C to 155C)) for lollipops and other hard candies.

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