corn syrup


Definition of corn syrup

: a syrup containing dextrins, maltose, and dextrose that is obtained by partial hydrolysis of cornstarch

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Products free from artificial colors, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and certain other additives make up roughly 30% of food and beverage sales and are the fastest-growing segment, according to Nielsen. Heather Haddon, WSJ, "Anyone for Diglycerides? Anyone? Food Scientists Are Getting Fed Up With Picky Eaters," 12 Oct. 2018 The company has also replaced high-fructose corn syrup with sugar in its buns, removed artificial preservatives from Chicken McNuggets and reverted to butter instead of liquid margarine in Egg McMuffins. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "McDonald’s Removes Artificial Ingredients From Burgers," 26 Sep. 2018 The main ingredients of a jelly bean are sugar, corn syrup, and food starch. Fox News, "7 things you didn’t know about jelly beans," 22 Apr. 2016 Whisk together eggs, corn syrup, sugar, butter, bourbon, vanilla, and salt in a bowl. Jade Zimmerman, Country Living, "Pretzel-Chocolate-Pecan Slab Pie," 1 Nov. 2018 In a second bowl, whisk molasses, corn syrup, and bourbon. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Thanksgiving Cake," 24 Oct. 2018 The coating for a candy apple is made from table sugar and corn syrup, flavored with cinnamon and colored with red food dye. Helen Czerski, WSJ, "The Sugary Coats of Holiday Apples," 15 Nov. 2018 Combine the sugar, corn syrup, butter, bourbon, and salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Hot and Hearty Pie Recipes to Kick Off Autumn in Your Kitchen," 21 Sep. 2018 Coat the edge of drinking glasses using corn syrup dyed with red food coloring, turn right side up and allow mixture to drip down the glasses to serve your creepy concoctions in. Mark Addison, Seventeen, "12 Genius Tips for Throwing a Spooky Halloween Party Your Friends Will Never Forget," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of corn syrup

1903, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of corn syrup was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of corn syrup

: a sweet, thick liquid made from corn (sense 1)

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Kids Definition of corn syrup

: a syrup made from cornstarch

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