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How to Make Golden Syrup At Home: Easy Recipe

This is a simple, no-fuss recipe for golden syrup.
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr
Keyword: Golden Syrup
Appliance: Saucepan
Author: Raksha Hegde


To Make The Caramel

  • 1/4 cup water filtered
  • 1 tbsp white sugar

To Make The Syrup

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice or
  • 1/2 tsp white wine vinegar


  • Boil a cup of water in a saucepan or bring a kettle of water to a full boil.
  • In another saucepan, begin making the caramel base by warming 1/4 cup of sugar with a tablespoon of water on a very low flame. 
  • You will notice that the sugar starts turning brown, and becomes like caramel.
  • Now, start adding the rest of the sugar into the saucepan.
  • Immediately, add the boiling water (2/3 cup) to this sugar mixture. The mixture will bubble but do not worry. It will settle down.
  • Add the vinegar or lemon juice and keep stirring till the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Let it simmer on a low flame for 40-45 minutes. You may have to stir it once in a while.
  • Pour the homemade golden syrup into a clean storage container once it is cool. Don't fret if the syrup hardens during the cooking process. It eventually all dissolves to form a lovely caramel-colored liquid. Enjoy your homemade golden syrup!
    Golden syrup in a glass bottle kept atop a wooden table


With this simple recipe, you can make golden syrup easily at home. Once made, you need to store it in a cold, dry place. It will keep for up to six months.