“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Baking Aids „
I just love golden syrup, I love the taste of it and I think with syrup you either like or dislike it. For myself I just love it and I buy this one on a regular basis because I find it is very suitable and the price is good too and cheap enough to buy.
It comes in a transparent glass jar with a screw off lid. The syrup is a golden colour and it does look quite a nice look inside the jar. I like the idea of the glass jar because I then can see when I am running low and need to replace it.
The smell of the syrup is apparent immediately the lid is removed. It does have a nice syrup smell and smells really pleasant for a cheaper brand. It has a nice soft, smooth texture to it and it does have a good runny consistency but not too runny it drips all over the worktop etc and makes a mess.
I use this syrup for when I make a ginger cake, the cake tastes really nice with this one added. I also like to use it spooned over pancakes. The combination of the syrup and pancakes does taste delicious. The syrup is quite a sweet taste but all syrup brands do taste sweet but this one does not have a sickly taste to it. Just a nice one in my opinion. I cannot really taste much difference between a branded one and this one if I am honest.
Sometimes just for a change at breakfast time, I drizzle a small amount over my cornflakes with a sliced banana and the combination of all of the food really does taste delicious. I love banana and syrup because the 2 work very well together to give a nice taste. I have also make flapjack using this syrup and so it can be used for lots of baking recipes you may want to add syrup for the cakes etc. This is a nice one to use to make gingerbread too, I have made gingerbread men with my little grandson a few times and they have tasted delicious and the syrup has work well with the other ingredients used.
Drizzled over sponge cakes gives for a really nice taste, I love sponge cakes and syrup because I just love the taste of it with the cake. Like I said earlier in my review you either love or dislike syrup and for myself and my family we all love syrup. I wasn't too sure if my little grandson would like syrup because it does tend to be quite sweet but he loves it and it is fine for him to eat for a little treat but he does not eat it with his breakfast cereal as I do sometimes. I think it is fine with the cakes for him to eat but I wouldn't want to drizzle his cornflakes with it because he does eat a healthy diet and so for that reason I don't think it is suitable for breakfast at his age.
For a 680g jar, it is priced at just £1.08, a good price I think for a good quality one and one that is a good value for this amount of syrup.
The jar is quite chunky but very easy to hold while spooning the syrup out of the jar. It is quite sticky and quite thick but it does pour well from the jar. It spreads well too onto crumpets and it melts into them really nicely and gives for a really nice taste.
Per tablespoon it contains, 49 calories, 12.3g of sugar and no fat. I think the sugar content is quite high with this one but it doesn't taste sickly as you may imagine with this one because of this high content of sugar. It does give for a good taste if you love syrup.
I find this one a good quality and excellent value for money. I do not think you can go wrong with the price for the amount of syrup in the jar. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a cheaper brand of syrup because I do not think you would be disappointed at all with this brand.
It is also suitable for vegetarians.
It is best stored in a cool, dry place and the jar can be recycled after use.
I just don't think you can go wrong with the price of this one, I definitely highly recommend it for anyone looking to buy a cheaper brand of syrup with a nice taste and quality. I will continue to buy it because it gives me all of the taste that I expect from a shops own brand of golden syrup.
I give this one 5 stars.
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Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I am trying to bake a few things lately to save a little bit of money as I have a sweet tooth and I like a lot of varieties of cakes and biscuits and since I love baking and have always baked since I had a large family and it was much cheaper to bake than buy when my children were growing up and I think it is good to try different products and that includes all ingredients and I saw this Golden Syrup recently for only 77p for 680g, and thought I would give it a try and see if I liked it.
It comes in a glass jar with a screw off lid, inside it is a thick dark orange colour liquid syrup and it pours very easily from the jar or from a spoon, it is very sticky and it blends very well into other ingredients and I recently made a nice Ginger cake and used this syrup instead of the usual branded one I usually buy, I thought the cake would not taste very nice and it would probably be too sweet but it was just perfect, I could not even tell the difference from the branded version.
It is very thick and sticky and it tends to stick to a spoon when scooped out of the jar and I usually just coat the spoon with flour and the syrup does not stick so much, and it can then be mixed with ingredients and then fall of the spoon much easier, as it can be quite a task trying to take if from the spoon from my experience.
The taste is very sweet and the texture is nice and soft and it can easily be used for steamed puddings and I sometimes have used a little with toast, and when I made the Ginger cake the top was nice and sticky and golden brown.
My grandchildren and myself love it poured onto ice- cream and it is very good used with pancakes, crumpets or even waffles, it can be used with any of your favourite foods and I love it with porridge oats and cornflakes.
It is such a versatile product and a very good quality and I recommend anyone to give it a go and try and save a few pennies, especially if you are on a low budget as myself and I found it just as nice as the higher branded syrup, and the only difference I found was the containers.
It is suitable for vegetarians and it is best stored in a cool place.
I give it 5 stars.
Golden syrup has been an integral part of the British way of life since the late 1880s, when it was "Discovered" as a by-product of the Sugar cane refining process. The undisputed market leader and the one that almost all of you will be familiar with, is the Green and Gold tin containing the offering from "Tate and Lyle". Well today I am going to comment on Tesco's value range offering, which is available "At a Tesco's store near you" (Speak in a loud and booming voice for effect), for the reasonable sum of 77p a jar. Said jar contains 1.1/2 lbs (680g) of Golden syrup. There will be further comment, with regard to the price, later in the review.
So what do you get for your 77 pence then?
You get a short dumpy glass jar, about 4 inches in diameter and 4 inches high, with a 2.½ inch diameter metal screw lid - plenty of width to allow you to get a spoon right inside the jar - Good show.
The labelling is not typical of Tesco's Value range products, but it does have a very subdued, "Blue and White" value logo strategically placed at the top of the label. Maybe they are trying to improve the look of the range slightly. Personally I couldn't care less about the packaging of any products, either premium or value, it all goes into the bin - SORRY!!! - It all gets recycled, - there I feel better now...
The label itself contains a relatively small amount of information, the type of which I generally ignore but which many others find interesting and relevant. This comprises Nutritional info - detailed below, Ingredients and some statutory rubbish.
There is no Allergy advice - see comment below, but there are some storage and recycling instructions. That's the labelling, pure and simple - or is that the product description????????
Right! - To the Syrup itself - with my personal comparison to Tate and Lyles' Golden syrup included as appropriate.
Unsurprisingly, it has an amber / golden colour and looks like... well... Golden syrup! I can see no real colour difference between Tate and Lyles' syrup or Tesco's syrup.
A moderately light treacle fragrance emanates from the jar, with, according to my nose anyway, a slight honey type smell mixed in there somewhere. The fragrance is very appetising, and seems to say "eat me".... There is, however, a marked difference in the fragrance when compared to Tate and Lyles' syrup, which has a much stronger and bolder smell, and is definitely more appealing.
The syrup is extremely thick and sticky, exactly as it should be. I do feel that it may be fractionally thinner than Tate and Lyles' syrup but not enough to make any difference in any way. That feeling may just be due to the fact that my Tate and Lyles' tin of syrup is considerably older than the Tesco's jar that I am comparing it with, and it may have thickened a tad with age.
I have tasted (purely in the interests of comparison), both offerings of syrup, straight from their relative containers, and I can honestly say that, to me, there is no discernable difference in taste at all.
I must state here that we only use Golden syrup for baking, so it would seem prudent to add a note re the baking results at this stage. Neither I, nor my CO, can detect any difference in baking results, what so ever, between the results achieved using either product.
PRICE COMPARISON:- as of 23/03/2010, prices taken directly from the Tesco's website.
Tate and Lyle 2lb tin, (907g) - £1.21 (60p per pound).
Tate and Lyle 1lb tin, (454g) - £0.87 (87p per pound).
Tesco's 1.1/2lb jar, (680g) - £0.77 (51p per pound). This price, on a pound for pound basis, is at least 15% cheaper than Tate and Lyles' product.
Miscellaneous gen, as promised earlier, lifted directly from the label on the jar.
Energy - 210kJ (49kcal)
Protein - Trace
Carbohydrate - 12.3g
of which sugars - 12.3g
Fat - 0g
Fibre - 0g
Sodium - Trace
equivalent as salt - Trace
There is nothing printed on the label with regard to Allergy advice, therefore it seems reasonable to assume that, unless you are allergic to sugar, this product is probably OK for all.
The label does, in addition, state the following:-
Suitable for Vegetarians.
Store in a cool dry place.
Best before date is shown on the top of lid.
Glass - widely recyclable.
As with all my disjointed ramblings, nay reviews, with regard to this type of budget product, I normally say to you all, please do not expect it to compare extremely favourably with the "Top of the range" alternatives available out there, but to judge it for what it is, a cheap alternative, not this time...
This "Value" Golden syrup is every bit as good as the market leading product produced by Tate and Lyle; it is just appreciably cheaper in cost. There is practically no discernable, well not to me anyway, difference in quality and taste.
I highly recommend it to you all.
I make a lot of cakes and golden syrup is a fairly common ingredient in them. I am always looking for cheaper ways to make cakes, that taste just as tasty, as the ingredients can really add up once you have bought a few. I have tried quite a few of the Tesco Value range and on the whole been really happy with the purchases. I was plesantly surprised when I saw Tescos sold a value version of the golden syrup and knew immediately that I had to try it.
The golden syrup comes in a glass jar, which immediately is much better than the original golden syrup, which comes in a tin with an old fashioned prise off lid. This is better because glass is much easier to recycle, and also it is easy to keep the edge of the jar clean, where you spoon out the syrup. One of the things that really annoyed me was how messy the tin got when you spooned the syrup in and out.
I never eat syrup by itself, so couldnt compare the two in such a direct comparison. Colour and smell wise, it looked and was exactly the same, sickly sweet and golden brown!
The real test however was with the cooking. I made a few recipes with this golden syrup and I have to say you could tell no difference what so ever. The taste was the same, the texture was the same, the smell was identical (gorgeous) and the cooking time or ease was not hindered what so ever. I would definitely buy this again, every time, as the only difference is the price, and who can quibble with that!
Tesco Value Golden Syrup
At the moment im trying to learn to cook and bake as when the Mrs asks me to cook her tea she thinks that micro chips and micro pizza is not suitable ( the blooming snob )
So a couple of days ago she told me she wanted me to bake some cookies so i thought fair enough at least i will get to eat them and off i popped down to Tesco to pick up my ingredients.
One of the ingredient's that i required was golden syrup. I found the usual brand in the isle and it was just over £2 pound and then next to it i saw this, The jar was allot bigger than the other brands and it was also allot cheaper, It was only 79 pence to be exact, so seeing as i was only making cookies and not going to be using it often i thought what the heck well give it a whirl.
The jar it comes in is clear with the white band wrapped around the middle displaying the usual Tesco value branding. When i opened the jar and started to use it i could barely tell the difference, it seemed to smell the same and be just as thick as the dearer brands.
Also when i had made the cookies i thought that they tasted delicious so im guessing that this golden syrup was defiantly a worth while buy
My latest purchase from the Tesco Value range was this Golden Syrup and at just 77p for a jar containing 680g of syrup I have to say it's one of the bargains of the range.
I mainly use syrup for baking, although do on occasion stir a little into porridge or if I'm feeling particularly naughty I'll spread a couple of crumpets with it and allow the sticky syrup to melt through the hot crumpet. Yum!
This Value Golden Syrup is identical to the more widely used Lyles brand in taste and texture, I think it's perhaps a tiny bit thinner but haven't used any syrup in some time so this could well be a bit of brand snobbery talking as I cannot physically compere them.
My only complaint with it is that because the lid is a metal screw top it can become stuck sometimes, I have arthritis in my hands and if it's in a sticky mood then I have real problems. It's only because the syrup gets between the gaps in the thread of the screw top and if you are a very regular user of syrup then this shouldn't be a problem, it's when the syrup has been left awhile and dries within the grooves.
The syrup itself tastes exactly the same as the Lyles version; sweet and sugary with a slight treacle-like tinge. It spreads well, sticks to the spoon in the same fashion as other syrups and even pours well out of the glass jar if you need a larger or less precise quantity.
Last night I used it to make a Golden Syrup Sponge with fantastic results and a couple of nights ago I substituted it for treacle in some rhubarb and ginger muffins, which resulted in a delicious light taste and texture rather than the heaviness you experience when using treacle.
I have used this in porridge too, in many things actually and I simply cannot differentiate between this and Lyles which costs more for a smaller quantity.
If I had to describe this product in one word, it would have to be..... Yum!
I'm sure you have all tried golden syrup at one point but for those of you that haven't I will try and explain...
Golden syrup is basically liquid sugar, it is very sweet and similar to honey except it has an obviously artificial taste to it.
It is golden in colour, thick in texture and great in porridge!
Golden syrup has many uses, it can be used in many recipes, especially things like flapjacks. It can also be used to sweeten up almost anything, similar to how you would use honey.
Tesco Value Golden Syrup is a great product, it is almost exactly the same as the other brands - it just costs less. You can get 680g for 77p, not bad, eh?
As this product is so sweet anyway it is almost impossible to tell the difference between this and any other brand of golden syrup. It has the same look, taste and texture.
If you have never tried using golden syrup then here is a very simple recipe to have a go with:
175g/6oz Unsalted butter or margarine
150g/5oz Golden Syrup
250g/9oz rolled oats
1 Slowly heat the butter, golden syrup and sugar in a pan
2 gradually stir in the oats
3 transfer mixture in to any large tin /tray
4 bake for 20 mins in a pre heated oven at gas mark 4/180c.
5 take out, leave to cool and enjoy!
Simple. When my son and I make this we usually use half the recommeded sugar and add as many more oats as we can before changing the consistency of the mixm there by making the whole thing a little more healthy.
Golden syrup is so handy to have in your cupboard as you never know when you may need it and why pay more when this product is just as good as the leading brand and costs a lot less - go for it!