What gives honey, maple syrup and corn syrup it's thick, viscous texture?

I recently used corn syrup for a sauce recipe and really liked the texture it provided. However, I didn't like it's sweetness. Basically, I am looking for a thickener that has a similar consistency to corn syrup.

This are 2 options I have thought of so far:

  1. guar gum - might not work as my sauce has a high vinegar content, and guar gum does not work well in acidic environments.

  2. Chia seeds - the aftertaste may affect the final product

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    "What gives honey, maple syrup and corn syrup it's thick, viscous texture?" - sugars. – Catija Sep 5 '17 at 19:22
  • Please share what kind of sauce you're trying to thicken. Without some context, reliable substitutions aren't recommendable. – FuzzyChef Sep 5 '17 at 22:28
  • It's tomato ketchup. I was following trying out this recipe chefsteps.com/activities/homemade-heinz-style-ketchup – user60513 Sep 6 '17 at 10:05
  • In my opinion, there's no good sub for the consistency of syrup. Your best bet is probably to use a higher-concentration vinegar so you can get the same tang but add less water. If you're using corn syrup instead of pure glucose syrup, that will make a difference. Corn syrup is thinner. – ChefAndy Sep 6 '17 at 18:44
  • @ChefAndy Thanks. i will give it a try. – user60513 Sep 12 '17 at 5:26

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