Golden syrup is a popular sweetener, resembling honey in appearance, though more similar to corn syrup in its pouring ability. It is sometimes called light treacle and is an essential ingredient in the popular UK dessert, treacle tart. Golden syrup may also be used as a topping for hot cereal or for pancakes. Golden syrup is made from sugar cane juice, which is evaporated to produce the flavour and texture of the syrup. Some call golden syrup nutty in flavour, and many praise its light yellow colour. Often people feel it is sweeter than sugar. Using it as a sugar substitute should mean using a lesser amount. Unlike the crystallized form of table sugar, golden syrup is primarily composed of sucrose, fructose, and glucose. This makes it easy to store without worrying that sudden cold temperatures in the house will cause hardness or crystallization of the syrup. If you cannot obtain golden syrup, you can substitute honey in recipes requiring it. This will produce a somewhat different taste, and lack the characteristic flavour of the golden syrup. Light Karo syrup is the U.S. equivalent.

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