I want to make a good golden syrup at home. I've tried it few times, but all of them were bad. I think the problem was the amount of citric acid. I want to know how to calculate the amount of citric acid which is needed to make golden syrup from 1 kg of table sugar and 500 ml of water. And also: how much time does take all of the sucrose molecules to break down into glucose and fructose?


1 Answer 1


Golden syrup is a type of inverted sugar syrup, like maple syrup, treacle and molasses.

It is made by splitting the disaccharide sucrose (sugar) into a mixture of glucose and fructose components, typically by carefully controlled heating, sometimes with a small amount of citric or potassium bitartrate (cream of tartar).

For example, if you mix 1 kg of fine granular sugar with 2 cups (500 mL) water and 1 g of citric acid, bring to the boil and simmer for about 30 mins, you make inverted sugar syrup. If you simmer this for another 2 - 2.5 hrs or so until it caramelises, you end up with 'golden syrup'.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.