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Golden Syrup


Flowing, golden, partially inverted refiner's sugar syrup. Made by treating sugar syrup with acid so that it 'inverts' into fructose and mixing this back with natural sucrose syrup. Golden Syrup is therefore more similar, both in appearance and in chemistry, to honey than to either corn syrup or molasses.

Golden Syrup - as a retail product rather than as a stage in sugar processing - is known from advertisements in the sugar-producing lands of the USA and Jamaica since the beginning of the 19th Century, and it appears to have been sufficiently well-known in the British Isles by 1845 for Soyer to include it in a pudding receipt.

The iconic green-and-gold label of the Lyle's brand of Golden Syrup carries the truly bizarre image of a rotting lion carcass with a swarm of bees coming out of it and the quotation from Chapter 14 of the Book of Judges in the Bible 'Out of the Strong came forth Sweetness'. The story is that Samson, travelling in search of a wife, killed a lion, and on his return journey saw that a swarm of bees had settled in the carcass. What on earth that has to do with sugar syrup is a mystery, but it presumably took the fancy of the deeply religious Abram Lyle. This classic design has hardly changed since the Scottish businessman started putting golden syrup in tins in London in 1885.

Captain Scott took Lyle's Golden Syrup on his 1910 polar expedition.

Golden Syrup Tin from Scott's Expedition, c1910

For dishes using Golden Syrup see:
Apple Dappy
Ashbourne Gingerbread
Baked Apples
Brandy Snap Baskets
Brandy Snaps
Brown George Pudding
Butterscotch Sauce
Caramel Squares
Chester Cake
Cinder Toffee
Cornflake Cakes
Cornflake Tart
Cornish Fairings
Cressing Biscuits
Cumberland Soda Cake
Dorset Fair Gingerbreads
Ginger Nut Biscuit
Glazed Carrots or Onions
Golden Syrup
Golden Toffee
Grasmere Gingerbread
Harrier Cake
Hollygog or Ollygog Pudding
Launceston Cake
Lincolnshire Plum Bread
Norfolk Fair Buttons
Norfolk Treacle Tart
North Country Tart
Oat and Syrup Scones
Oatcakes - Derbyshire
Pear and Ginger Upside-down Pudding
Refrigerator Cake
Rhubarb Gingerbread
Suffolk Dumplings
Syrup and Ginger Scones
Syrup Roll
Thunder and Lightning
Treacle and Marmalade Tart
Treacle Custard
Treacle or Syrup Upside-Down Pudding
Treacle Tart
Treacle Toffee
Vectis Pudding or Vectis Roll
Wakefield Gingerbread
Yorkshire Treacle Tart
Young England Pudding

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