Why “No Corn Syrup?”

People have given me some really good reviews on all of the No Corn Syrup Pecan Pies that we make. More than one person has told me they are the best pecan pies they have every had! Yet, I’m always surprised to find out that the reason they were drawn to it was because they just like pecan pie and had nothing to do with the fact that Sweet Bytes Pecan Pies have no corn syrup! Corn syrup and pecan pie are almost synonymous since Karo Syrup’s recipe in the 1930’s. So making a pecan pie without any corn syrup is definitely not the norm.

I have been asked many times what is in our pecan pies. How can they be thick? How can they hold together? How can they taste good, etc. without the magical corn? Although I’m not telling all of the secrets here, I will say it’s just simple ingredients that make Sweet Bytes Pecan Pies. I think that may be the whole secret of pie: simple ingredients make the most divine pies.


After asking what’s in it, the next line of questions is why? “Why do you think it’s important to leave out the corn syrup?”  Originally the “why” was because it made me feel yucky when I ate it. A few years ago I cut out as much corn sugar and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as I could find in my food. I found it was in almost everything I bought. I know that HFCS and corn syrup are not the same, HFCS being the worst for your body (Here’s a nice little article with some of the reasons why) , but with all of the corn sugars and other sweeteners that are hidden in the foods that we eat I feel like leaving it out when I have the choice is best. Now the “why” is because we think it tastes more like happy this way and we feel better about eating it and serving it to you. We hope you like it as much as we do!

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About Mikel Ibarra

Mikel Ibarra holds a BFA in painting, is a certified cake decorator, teaches baking and cake decorating classes, and frequently combines her passions for the sake of art. Sweet Bytes is where she shares everything she knows about the art of baking and running a baking business.