Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Recipe Link: Corn Syrup

Have you noticed that Hershey's Chocolate just doesn't taste as good as it used to? Neither do Cokes. I hadn't really put my finger on the reason why. I thought that maybe I was just getting older and sweets just didn't taste as good as they did when I was a kid.

A few years back my daughter brought a present of English chocolate home to us from her trip to London. Ahhhh, there was that chocolate taste I remembered from childhood! Looking at the ingredients I noticed that the English chocolate was sweetened with real sugar. After drinking a Jones soda made with real sugar I realized that corn syrup must be the culprit and is a very poor substitute for the real thing.

All over the media these days they are talking about how corn syrup is making us fat and sick. I am making an effort to remove as much as possible from our diets and it is proving to be a daunting task. I think it may be impossible to remove all of it but there are ways to get started.

I was happy to see this morning that Patty over at Morning Ramble has posted a recipe for a corn syrup substitute. I'm looking forward to trying it out and seeing what a difference it will make in my homemade Pecan pies.

Update: I made the syrup and used it in Pecan pie. The pie turned 0ut fine, maybe not as firm as usual but the taste was good.


Christine said...

Yah!! I have been way into trying to keep high fructose corn syrup out of our diets after seeing an Oprah show where Dr. Oz was talking about not eating foods with that listed in the top 5 ingredients. Also, we must have watched the same show about the Coke and chocolate and I thought it was so interesting.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Janys is visiting so I will be sure to tell her hello from you. She is such a sweetheart.

Carrie J said...

I noticed the difference in taste years ago but I didn't know what had changed. It is really tough to get it out of your diet because they put it in everything. I made this recipe and I'll let you know how it turns out.
Happy Thanksgiving to you guys. Give Janys my love. Hopefully we will get to see you guys again someday or maybe you will make it back for a reunion.

Patty said...

Have you tried the recipe yet Carrie ? I use it all the time and it works well. I just love Dublin Dr Pepper, made with sugar not corn syrup, but still not good for you.