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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:19 pm    Post subject: substitution for corn syrup Reply with quote

I live in Tajikistan (yes, I'm an engineer who loves to cook). Anyone know a peanut brittle recipe that doesn't use corn syrup (not available here.) Or anyone have a substitution?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you get your hands on:

Golden syrup (Lyles is one brand)?
Glucose syrup?
Rice syrup?
Glucose/Dextrose?
Malted Barley

The golden syrup, glucose syrup or rice syrup would probably be a 1:1 sub, but everything else might require a little experimentation.

Another avenue you could try would be inverting some sugar by heating a sugar solution with an acid. I would give cream of tartar a shot.

Lastly, there's honey. An extremely mild flavored honey might be an effective crystallization inhibitor (that's what the corn syrup is bringing to the table).
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

can you just substitute sugar? i never use any variation of corn syrup in my recipes. i always substitute with sugar or honey and it seems to come out fine to me. i'm not sure what peanut brittle is though. please educate me.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2008 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't reduce sugar when making candy OR turbinado sugar (Substitute one cup turbinado sugar for each cup granulated sugar.)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:39 am    Post subject: The chemistry of candy making Reply with quote

The reason you use corn sugar when making peanut brittle (which to those not from the US is a form of toffee with nuts) is to keep the sugar syrup from crystallizing completely or prematurely. The glucose in the corn syrup interferes with the crystallization of the sucrose in the table sugar. Alton Brown has covered this in his Good Eats episode Fudge Factor, and you can read the transcript of that on the Good Eats Fan Page.

There's probably a lot more chemistry to this I could quote from Harold McGee or Shirley Corriher, but both of those books are upstairs right now..

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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2008 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

scott123 wrote:
Can you get your hands on:

Golden syrup (Lyles is one brand)?
Glucose syrup?
Rice syrup?
Glucose/Dextrose?
Malted Barley


Question : I read that corn syrup is pretty bad for the body and trying to avoid it as much as possible. Out of the others syrups mentioned, what is the healthier syrup I can use ?
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 11:10 pm    Post subject: Don't worry about it Reply with quote

Wens wrote:
scott123 wrote:
Can you get your hands on:

Golden syrup (Lyles is one brand)?
Glucose syrup?
Rice syrup?
Glucose/Dextrose?
Malted Barley


Question : I read that corn syrup is pretty bad for the body and trying to avoid it as much as possible. Out of the others syrups mentioned, what is the healthier syrup I can use ?


Don't worry about it. If you follow up on the reason why you should avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) it's because of the way that the body processes fructose as opposed to other sugars. But remember, peanut brittle is a rare, and not-over-indulged-in treat (remember the top of the food pyramid?). Like other foods, HFCS is potentially harmful only when used to excess, the way it is in most processed foods today (like soda). A cup of corn syrup in a single batch of peanut brittle won't kill you.
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