Pecan pie filling is a baked mixture of sugar, eggs,
vanilla, pecans and corn syrup. In the Southern United States, this
classic dessert is also called "Karo Pie."
Karo is a leading brand of liquid sweetener known as corn syrup. It's made from a concentrated solution of dextrose and
various types of sugar
derived from cornstarch
Unlike other sweeteners, corn syrup doesn't crystallize when cold, so
it's ideal for making cake frostings, fudge and candies. In the oven,
corn syrup turns out super-moist baked goods that tend to stay fresh
longer than those made with sugar. Used to make everything from jam and
popcorn balls to the ever-classic pecan pie
, Karo has had a place in
American pantries since it was introduced in 1902.
It is believed the chemist who formulated the syrup named it "Karo" in
honor of his wife Caroline. Until Karo syrup was produced, the typical
American housewife carried her syrup jug to the grocery store to be
refilled from the grocer's barrels.
Karo is available in light
varieties. Light is almost
clear, mildly sweet and flavored with real vanilla
. It's typically used
in more delicate recipes like sauces, jams and beverages. Dark has a
rich brown color and a molasses-like flavor. Ideal for baked goods like
pecan pie, it's also a common ingredient in Asian dishes where it
balances sweet and sour flavor profiles.
Before and after opening, Karo may be stored at room temperature
indefinitely. Light corn syrup may turn yellow as it ages, but it's
still safe to use. Bottles may also be refrigerated, but the syrup will
be thicker and harder to pour.
Karo adds sweetness and smooth texture to a wide variety of American
dishes. Try it as a simple topping for French toast
, pancakes and
or mix it with canned or fresh fruit to make a quick topping
for ice cream and cakes. Give vegetables a warm, caramelized flavor by
brushing with Karo before cooking or grilling. Or combine equal parts
corn syrup and apricot preserves to create a delicious glaze
• In general, light and dark corn syrups can be used interchangeably.
• An equal amount of Karo syrup can be substituted for honey
or molasses in most recipes.
Try one of our favorite Karo syrup recipes: