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Old 06-15-2007, 10:17 PM   #1
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Corn Syrup?

I was looking at this recipe from Alton Brown:
Recipes : Banana Ice Cream : Food Network
And saw that it called for corn syrup. Apparently corn syrup is supposed to make the ice cream softer? If I don't have corn syrup could I use this and would it have the same effect?
Homemade Corn Syrup Substitute Recipe | Recipezaar
I'm thinking no but I just want to be sure, thanks!


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Old 06-16-2007, 01:04 AM   #2
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It should work fine. Ice cream has more to do time temperature and agitation. There is no custard or egg envolved. It needs sugar which would obviously be provided by your recipe. I'm looking at the ingredient list of Karo light corn syrup and it is useless.
  • Light corn syrup
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
To the best of my knowledge, nothing in that list contributes to the ice cream except sugar. The Karo sryup tastes to me mostly like sugar water with a very slight vanilla addition. Whatever taste difference is missing between the Karo and your alternatate syrup recipe is, in my opinion, going to be overwelmed by the banannas, cream, lemon and vanilla.

By far the most expensive ingredient is the vanilla bean and so why not first trying making the ice cream substuting a teaspoon or two of pure vanilla extract?

I hope you let us know how it turns out.

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Old 07-08-2007, 05:14 PM   #3
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Anyway, I hear that corn syrup is pretty bad for your health compared to sugar or honey. Then again, we're not here to live longer, are we?
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