In the baking industry, honey is commonly used to replace other sweeteners to provide a more natural product with an exceptional flavor profile.

These substitutions are on a total solids basis. On a sweetening basis, honey is about
25% sweeter than sugar or sucrose due to its fructose content (about 38.5 g fructose per
1,000 g honey). Values (gram basis) listed below are based on averages and may vary.

Sugar

Ingredient Solids Water
Sucrose (dry) 100% 0%
Honey 82.4% 17.6%

Conversion factor: 1,000 g solids in 1,000 g sucrose/824 g solids in 1,000 g honey = 1.2135922.

To replace 1,000 g sucrose with honey, use 1,214 g honey and subtract 214 g of water from the total formula.

Liquid Sucrose

Ingredient Solids Water
Liquid Sucrose* 67.5% 32.5%
Honey 82.4% 17.6%

*average 67.5 °Brix

Conversion factor: 675 g solids in 1,000 g liquid sucrose/824 g solids in 1,000 g honey = 0.8191748.

To replace 1,000 g liquid sucrose with honey use 819 g honey and add 181 g of water to the total formula.

Liquid Invert Sugar

Ingredient Solids Water
Liquid invert sugar* 76.55% 23.45%
Honey 82.4% 17.6%

*average 67.5 °Brix

Conversion factor: 765.5 g solids in 1,000 g liquid invert sugar/824 g solids in 1,000 g honey = 0.9290049.

To replace 1,000 g liquid invert sugar with honey, use 929 g honey and add 71 g of water to the total formula.

HFCS(42%)

Ingredient Solids Water
HFCS (42%) 71% 29%
Honey 82.4% 17.6%

Conversion factor: 710 g solids in 1,000 g HFCS (42%)/824 g solids in 1,000 g honey = 0.86165048.

To replace 1,000 g HFCS (42%) with honey, use 862 g honey and add 138 g of water to thetotal formula.

HFCS (55%)

Ingredient Solids Water
HFCS (55%) 77% 23%
Honey 82.4% 17.6%

Conversion factor: 770 g solids in 1,000 g HFCS (55%)/824 g solids in 1,000 g honey = 0.934466.

To replace 1,000 g HFCS (55%) with honey, use 934 g honey and add 66 g of water to the total formula.

HFCS (90%)

Ingredient Solids Water
HFCS (90%) 75% 25%
Honey 82.4% 17.6%

Conversion factor: 750 g solids in 1,000 g HFCS (90%)/824 g solids in 1,000 g honey = 0.9101942.

To replace 1,000 g HFCS (90%) with honey, use 910 g honey and add 90 g of water to the total formula.

Corn Syrup (42 DE)

Ingredient Solids Water
Corn Syrup (42 DE) 80.3% 19.7%
Honey 82.4% 17.6%

Conversion factor: 803 g solids in 1,000 g corn syrup (42 DE)/824 g solids in 1,000 g honey = 0.9745245.

To replace 1,000 g corn syrup (42 DE) with honey, use 974 g honey and add 26 g of water to the total formula.

Molasses

Ingredient Solids Water
Molasses 72%* 28%
Honey 82.4% 17.6%

*including 2% ash

Conversion factor:
700 g solids in 1,000 g molasses/824 g solids in 1,000 g honey = 0.8737864.

To replace 1,000 g molasses with honey, use 874 g honey and add 126 g of water to the total formula.