Missing Corn Syrup

Corn syrup often gets overlooked in the pantry. Although Karo, the corn syrup people, have issued a press release containing sweet recipes, they seemed to have missed a good opportunity. Not only are the associated photos reminiscent of faded 70s cookbooks, but they are small and not at all appetizing. (Clicking on photo will not enlarge.)

Press release follows. With bonus chocolate ice cream recipe (and photo). There would be a link to their website, but they seemed to have missed that one too. Ouch. Enjoy… assuming you remember what Karo corn syrup looks like.

Homemade Decadent Desserts: Sweeten Up Labor Day with a Memorable Treat

–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Labor Day marks the end of summer, a time for families to soak up the last few days of sun together. And, of course, the long holiday weekend calls for outdoor parties where summer treats are served and savored. Karo Syrup’s Deep Dish Cherry Pie and Rich Chocolate Almond Ice Cream recipes are guaranteed to deliver a lasting taste of summertime. These homemade desserts are perfect for any Labor Day celebration and sure to be the cherry to top off your summer!

Deep Dish Cherry Pie

Yield: 1 pie

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes


2 cans (14.5 ounces each) tart red cherries
1/4 cup Argo® OR Kingsford’s® Corn Starch
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
1 tablespoon butter OR margarine, melted
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
4 drops red food coloring
2 (9-inch) unbaked pie crusts
Vanilla ice cream, optional


Preheat oven to 400°F.

Drain cherries and reserve juice.

Mix 1/2 cup cherry juice with corn starch. Add sugar, lemon peel, salt, corn syrup, butter, almond extract and food coloring; stir until combined. Stir in cherries.

Assemble pie by placing one crust in pie pan. Pour in filling. Place remaining pie crust over filling. Flute edges and cut slits in top crust.

Bake for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 350°F and bake 40 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Rich Chocolate Almond Ice Cream

Yield: 2 quarts

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Chill Time: 3+ hours


3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons Argo® Corn Starch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups 2% milk
1/3 cup Karo® Light Corn Syrup
2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
2 cups heavy cream OR whipping cream
1-1/2 teaspoons Spice Islands® 100% Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted


Combine sugar, cocoa, corn starch and salt in a 3-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in milk until smooth. Stir in corn syrup and egg yolks.

Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; boil 1 minute. Pour into a large bowl; press plastic wrap to surface of mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. Stir cream and vanilla into chilled custard mixture.

Freeze in a 2-quart ice cream freezer following manufacturer’s instructions. Add almonds 5 minutes before removing from ice cream freezer. Transfer to freezer container; cover and freeze until desired firmness is reached.

Coconut Variation: Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut (toasted if desired) along with almonds.

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