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Changing my grandmother's recipe?

I offered to make my grandmother's sweet potato and apple casserole for Thanksgiving. The recipe says "Combine Karo, dark brown sugar and butter, cook apples in syrup until almost tender and golden and set aside".

Here's my question--can I use something besides Karo syrup, which seems too sweet and thick? Maple syrup? My whole family is used to these potatoes so I don't want to mess with the taste, just the ingredients, which by the way listed no quantities. How much do I add of each thing do you imagine?

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