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Why did I buy it
I have always had golden syrup as a staple in my kitchen cupboard, mainly for baking, but occasionally I will use it to swirl on top of weetabix or ice cream for a sugar hit with a difference. So when I saw this squeezy pourable version I could not resist it.
Packaging and Price
This Lyle's Golden Syrup comes in a squeezy plastic bottle rather like a ketchup bottle, but resembling a small water bottle in appearance. The front label is the traditional green and gold arch made famous by Lyle sugar refiners with a lion in the centre.
It states that it contains original Lyle's golden syrup, but does not say anywhere on the packaging that it is pourable. Although the traditional by royal appointment is prominent on the reverse, there are in fact no list of ingredients because, of course, there is only one ingredient: - Sugar.
Lifting up the tightly sealed golden lid a smallish pouring hole, around 1/2cm wide, is revealed. This small neat bottle contains 454g of syrup and I paid 1.45 for it when a similar sized traditional tine was available for 1.15. I now see that both Asda and Tesco are offering a slightly larger version at 600g for 1.89.
What is it like
This small bottle contains exactly the same ultra sweet, ultra sticky golden syrup that we all know and love, just runnier than normal allowing it to be poured over ice cream, cereals, sweet pastries or, as suggested on the bottle, over fruit and caramelised under a grill..yum.
The flavour, for those who have never tried it, is sweet and sickly with a slightly burnt/caramelised hint to it, rather like liquid sugar. I believe from the underlying flavour that it is probably made with white cane sugar rather than demerara or other brown sugars. It is a clear dark golden colour with a glossy sheen.
This pourable version of golden syrup can be distributed much more easily over your chosen desert than the traditional syrup in a tin pot, which has to be spooned out with the resulting spillage that occurs with strings of syrup all around the edge of the tin.
This bottle dispenses the syrup evenly and neatly, creating much less spillage with what mess there is confined to the inside of the wide lid.
Although this is a little more expensive ounce for ounce that the traditional pot, I would still recommend it as the efficiency by which it is dispensed means you probably use less each time. This is designed more as a super sweet dessert topping and makes a nice change from more chemical tasting strawberry or chocolate sauces. Although it must be remembered that this is pure sugar and it is designed as a treat not an every day food. For baking I will still continue to buy the traditional large tin pot.
Why did I purchase it
I've had golden syrup for baking, largely as a basic in my own kitchen cupboard, but sometimes I'll utilize it to swirl at the top of ice cream or weetabix for a sugar hit with a difference. Then when I saw this squeezy variation that is pourable I couldn't resist it.
Packaging and Cost
It says that it comprises initial Lyle's golden syrup, but doesn't say anywhere to the packaging that it's pourable. Even though the conventional by royal appointment is outstanding in the inverse, there are no list of ingredients because, obviously, there's just one ingredient: - Sugar.
What's it like
The flavour, for all those who have never attempted it, is sickly and sweet having a somewhat burned/caramelised hint rather. I consider in the underlying flavour that it's likely made out of cane sugar that is white instead of another or demerara sugars that are brown. This is a clear dark gold colour having a lustrous sheen.
This pourable variant of golden syrup could be dispersed a lot more readily over your selected desert as opposed to original syrup in a tin pot, which must be scooped out using the ensuing spillage that happens around the boundary of the tin all with cords of syrup.
This bottle dispenses neatly and the syrup evenly, creating spillage that is much less in what wreck there's confined to the interior of the lid that is broad.
I'd still recommend this as the efficacy by which it's dispensed means you almost certainly use less each time, although it is just a little more high-priced . That is designed as a superb sweet dessert and makes a good change from chocolate sauces or more chemical tasting strawberry. Even though it should be remembered that that is pure sugar also it's created as a treat not a daily food. For baking I'll however continue to purchase the big tin pot that is conventional.
I bought this in the squeezy bottle to use on pancake day! It was about £1 for a bottle in tesco (though I think it was reduced due to the time of year, so be aware it may cost more than that usually).
This product comes in a clear bottle, with a golden coloured lid and the Lyle's logo/product name clearly emblazoned on the front. On the other side, there is an ingredients list and the usual nutritional information. The cap is a flip up jobby, where once opened you pull up the top half revealing a small hole through which to squeeze your syrup.
I found this syrup to be incredibly tasty - it was sweet, but also tart which is what you want to avoid ick factor. It spreads out easily after squeezing, but not so much that you had to worry about it running over everywhere which is a problem I have a lot with maple syrup... The squeezy bottle was very useful, as I have had problems before with a) getting syrup out of the traditional tin without getting it alllll over the sides, and b) getting it off the spoon once it is out... It also made it easier to judge how much you were using before it was too late... This all combined to make one tasty pancake day... (I have also used this in coffee when I ran out of sugar and found it actually makes a nice tasting start to the morning!)
A negative I found in this product is that if you leave it for too long it begins to crystallise... This is not a major problem as (usually) it doesn't last me that long, it ends up used in cakes if I have any leftover, but it is just something to watch. Don't buy more than you need. Also, if you do happen to spill it anywhere, it is a pain in the proverbial to clean up. I know this should be expected from the fact syrup is sticky, but it truly does take excessive effort.
Overall, a tasty, not too expensive accompaniment to my pancake day, but also versatile enough to be used in baking or sweetening other culinary delights.
I love golden syrup - it is one of those things in life that I forget about until Pancake Day then realise how gorgeous syrup actually is. It's probably a good job i don't remember constantly about it as I would develop a syrup addiction!
I have only ever had this syrup as I don't see how any could be better than this one. It is made by Lyle's and is a very reputable brand for things like syrup. You can buy the product in a short metal tin but I prefer the squeezy plastic container instead as it is easier to pour. The bottle is a thick but quite malleable plastic and is see through so you know how much is left in the bottle, and is also useful when pouring to see when it is going to come out. There is a dark green and gold label on it with the Lyle's logo on it and a few bits of useful information like the nutritional value.
There is a light brown lid on the bottle which is easy to open and close by flipping it. The consistency of the syrup is all gooey, sticky and runny although it is a thick runny as opposed to a thin runny! The smell of it is really sweet and almost gives you sugar cravings just by smelling it!
It pours very easily out of the top and in my personal opinion is easier to use than the tin version as you have to spoon it yourself out of the tin version. The taste is delicious. It is best on pancakes but is also lovely on bananas or ice cream (or both!). It is very sweet but, like honey, doesn't just taste of sugar it has a flavour to it as well. It is almost treacly flavoured but less intense. It is quite thick so if you want to lick it off a spoon it might take a few licks to get the spoon clean!
This bottle is available from Tescos for £1 and holds 454g. As I said earlier on, there is a lot of sugar in syrup, in fact, 77.5g in 100g! Not for the faint hearted!
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Well, golden syrup has always been a big traditional thing in my family. It is highly unlikely that we won't have a tin in the cupboard. We use it for all sorts of things, like pouring on pancakes, recipes or porridge.
When I was in Asda a few weeks ago I spotted this handy little squeezy bottle, at first I hesitated because I was so used to using the tinned syrup, but then I figured it can't hurt because It is the same brand.
First of all Lyles is an excellent golden syrup brand, I don't think I have ever used syrup that isn't made by them. The pure texture and smell does it for me, I'm a bit of a sweet freak!
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Normally, golden syrup is very sweet ( mainly because it's mostly sugar ) but this one is at the peak of sweet for me. My loving of pancakes has caused me some issues in the past, mostly because I just pour on the syrup because it tastes so good. My family love it as well, it's a must at the breakfast table. As you can probably guess, it's golden! It is a very pretty colour, I have always thought that if something looks good then it's bound to taste it too, although I have been mistaken in the past.
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With the new squeezy bottle on offer at the minute in Asda and Sainsbury's for just £1 you'd be a fool not to try it, or stock up on it if you've already tried it. I think that it's important to have a dosage of sweetness in your life, sugar never fails to put me in a good mood. As far as I know Lyles sell their syrup in a various range of sizes and packages, however I am writing about the bottle that weighs 454g (odd I know!) They are available in all major supermarkets prices ranging from £1 to £3.50 (for the tin). I am also sure that you can buy them in off licenses and online too. (Please look at the website if you want more info)
Measured per 100g
- 310 kcals
- Protein 0.5g
- Carbohydrate 77.5g
- Fat Nil
Now, I know that sugar is a lot of calories but who is going to use a whole 100g of syrup in one sitting (excluding myself!) Therefore, this amount of calories and other nutritional info is not too bad from my perspective. Overall, I do highly recommend this to any sugar lovers out there and also to those people who are too scared to try it, I dare you!
For over 20 years now we have been buying the traditional golden syrup in the tin. But seduced by the offers of the plastic squeezy bottle we decided to try a change.
The product comes in a 454g plastic bottle with a flip open style cap and suction squeezy thing (like toothpaste).
The product on the practical side is so much easier to use. Before you had to find a spoon and haphazardly try to spoon some syrup out of the tin into food without getting it all over the table! It also meant sticky spoons to dispose of!
I also found with the tin variety that the lid often became sticky and so wouldn't go back on properly after use.
I really think the squeezy bottle makes much more sense, it means less mess and heartache so early in the morning and I also feel that as it is squeezy you can get out exactly how much you want. I always tended to put more on with the tin, as I was using a spoon.
I really don't think any other make of syrup compares to the mighty Lyle's. It's been going forever it seems and the taste is so yummy! The rich, sweet texture is like nectar to any sweet toothed individual.
The texture is grea too. I hate really runny honey or syrup. I like it to hold its shape a little on the pancake! Lyle's is great as its so gloopy, but with the no mess squeezy bottle this is fine!
This is a UK company and so you are supporting british firms and cutting down on those food miles!
Such a versatile product; porridge, cakes, pancakes, puddings!!
Contains no fat! None!
There is no getting away from the fact that syrup is basically bad for you. It rots the teeth and is probably a main contributor to childhood obesity, but in moderation there is no harm!
I always try to brush my teeth after eating though, a good habit to get into a think.
The best syrup brand on the market
I recently spent some time up in Edinburgh where Dave, my husband, is working and while I was there Pancake Day dawned.
I sorted out all the things that we needed to make the pancakes together with some fresh lemons as hubby is a traditional sugar and lemon man where pancakes are concerned. Whilst I am happy with sugar and lemon I do also like a change and have used brown sugar, golden syrup, maple syrup and even Cointreau before now!
I headed off to do the shopping and to look for a cheap treat to add to my pancakes. I ruled out the Cointreau as being too expensive and went to look for some maple syrup - until I saw the price! What I did notice however was Lyles Golden Syrup in a small plastic bottle so I decided to try that.
For me, if it is golden syrup it has to be Lyles; I have tried others over the years but none equal the taste of Lyles. Up until now I have always bought mine in the traditional tins as I am an old fashioned sort of girl at heart but I thought that the bottle would make more sense this time.
I can't recall how much I paid but a plastic bottle containing 454g of syrup currently costs 98p in Tesco's. For comparison purposes a can containing the same amount currently costs 87p.
The bottle is about six inches tall and is fairly squat. It has the instantly recognisable Lyles Golden Syrup label in gold and green with the picture of the lion in the centre and the words 'Out of the strong came forth sweetness' written around the edge.
On the back of the bottle there is information about the nutritional values, the ingredients and tips for use - drizzle over porridge or pancakes or use in cooking.
The top of the bottle is a plastic flip top and to open it you first need to remove a plastic seal which guarantees that your syrup has not been tampered with before you get it and flip open the top. This reveals a decent sized hole through which the syrup will pour when the bottle is inverted and squeezed.
The syrup itself seems very slightly runnier than that in the tin although this is probably because it needs to be relatively easy to get it out of the bottle! It does however taste exactly the same.
Whilst in Scotland I used it on my pancakes and it was lovely, but since I have returned I have been using it on my morning porridge. I have recently had a free sample of a new porridge called Paw Ridge (review written!) which is unsweetened so I drizzle some of this golden syrup on the top and it is delicious!
When it comes to cooking the golden syrup in the bottle is much easier to use as it can just be poured into the tablespoon or whatever for measuring purposes. How many of you have had problems getting a spoonful of syrup from the tin and managing to measure the amount correctly? I usually warm the spoon first but it is still not an easy process.
The other advantage is that when you get towards the bottom of the tins the last bit of syrup always tends to go gritty and sugary but the syrup in the bottle remains in excellent condition right to the end.
The only ingredient in this syrup is 'partially inverted refiners syrup' whatever that is!
The nutritional values per 100g of syrup are as follows:
In conclusion I will certainly buy my golden syrup in the plastic bottle in future as it will mean less waste and it is infinitely more convenient to use and of course it is just as recycleable as the tin. Well done Lyles!
Of course the other advantage is that Lyle's is a company 'by appointment to the Queen' and if it is good enough for her majesty it's good enough for me!
As Mr Norton has been doing a lot of home baking recently we have been buying what I class as quite "old fashioned" ingredients such as golden syrup, treacle, demerara sugar- all things that remind me of my grandparents. I used to think you could only buy Golden Syrup in one of those tins where you have to lever the lid off with a spoon- now you can buy a squeezy bottle.
We bought the cylindrical plastic squeezy bottle for £0.98 for a 454g bottle from Sainsburies. The plastic bottle is quite soft plastic so it is easy to squeeze. It has a gold coloured lid and to open the lid you have to tear off a perforated strip. Once open, all you do is squeeze the syrup out. The bottle has a plastic wrapper around the lower section with the familiar Lyle & Sons green and gold label on it. This tells you it is original Lyle's Golden Syrup and boasts the container is non drip. There are also embossed little lions around the neck of the container.
I adore Lyle's Golden Syrup, but I wish we has bought this in the green tin as that just seems more retro and chic. I feel this plastic bottle with its flimsy cap and plastic label just does the product's design repuatation no favours. The squeezy bottle does make it easier to control when you are squeezing some onto pancakes as you do not need to faff around with dipping a spoon into a tin of syrup and waiting for it to drizzle. This bottled variety seems to be more fluid and the syrup runs from end to end of the bottle easily.
I dislike the lid as it does not have a very strong click fastening- you have to press hard on the top and hope it has secured itself. It would feel better if there was a loud click or if you could feel the top actually closing. For this reason I always make sure this is stored upright.
Nutrition: 100g= 310 calories, 77.5g carbohydrates, nil fat. This is not as bad as I had thought. I think I confused oil and syrup as I was expecting about 900 calories for 100g !!
Overall- at 98p a bottle this is a good buy. It is easy to use in cooking as it is more fliud than the syrup in the tins so pours better. But, the top doesn't close (it feels as if it has not closed) and the look of the bottle takes away all the prettiness of the product when you compare how it looks to the green and gold tins. So, next time, we are going retro and buying the tins with those lids like cans of paint.
I have not mentioned the taste of the product as it is golden syrup. I am asuming everyone knows what golden syrup tastes like- it is incredibly sweet, basically pure sugar, golden coloured see through liquid that goes well with pancakes and is great in flap jacks. I am not aware of any other golden syrups other than the Lyle one so this is why my review is mainly comparing the bottle and the tin versions of this same product.
Having just had pancake day come and go for 2010 already, one of the greatest days for treating yourself in the year and trying several different pancake toppings and ingredients, this year I attempted to get some authentic maple syrup to smother them in, that was until I saw the price!
I could not believe that it costs about £7 for a small bottle maple syrup, so that quickly brought an end to that plan and I decided to go for the next best alternative, Lyle's Golden Syrup.
Lyle's Golden Syrup is made from almost all sugar, caramelised into a viscous syrup which is ideal for pouring. It is mainly used as a topping on desserts or as an ingredient in cakes and puddings. It has a very sweet sugary flavour, not ideal for the savoury pallet.
Because of its source from sugar it has natural ingredients and therefore is free from artificial flavours, colours and preservatives. It is also gluten free and suitable for vegetarians.
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The Golden Syrup comes in many different container and for several different prices. The one which I bought was a 454 gram bottle which costs just 98p from Tesco, but can be bought from any major supermarket. There is also a new squeezy design bottle available made from a flexible plastic container and a special non-drip cap fitted, it comes in a 340 gram size and costs £1.09, slightly more expensive than the standard bottle.
If your more of a traditionalist, you can buy the tin can syrup containers which are generally better value, being 907 grams for only £1.35 which is the cheapest per unit cost.
The syrup can be used in several different applications, the main one which I like is poured onto hot pancakes, but there are several other methods, such as poured on ice cream, waffles, rice pudding, etc.
If you fancy some sponge pudding, cooking with golden syrup makes a fantastic treacle sponge.
Overall, this is a fantastic tried and tested syrup which I will use for the forseeable future. Its well priced, has a long shelf life and is always a great addition to a number of desserts.
My Dooyoo rating of 5 stars out of 5 doesn't do it justice.
Along with toast and marmalade I have another favourite food. It happens to be my Mum's lovely pancakes topped off With Lyle's syrup! I could eat them every day but my Mother won't make them cos they're so bad for us!
We usually have a tin of the original Lyle's syrup (tin) sat in our cupboard as not only do I like we like it on pancakes but I'm rather fond of porridge too and it's not the same without syrup in and on it!
However my Mum got a bottle of this the other for us to try and I was rather excited at the thought of using a squeezy syrup! lol. Ok small things please small minds... I know your thinking it lol....
454g see through squeezy bottle with a gold flip top opening lid to the top of it concealing a small hole and on the 'belly' of the bottle there is a gold and dark green label and on that in white writing I'm told it is Lyle's Golden Syrup 'Adram Lyle & Sons Sugar Refiners' and that it is Original flavour and is in a none drip container. On the back of the bottle I'm told a bit about the product, contact details for Tate & Lyle are given, ingredients and storage instructions are given for the product as are nutritional values, size and the recycle symbol as displayed and finally there is bar-code on there. Nice bottle, I can see the syrup through the bottle of course and it's all informative enough.
A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bottle....
Enjoy a little taste of yesterday...today.
The unmistakable taste of Lyles Golden syrup. Create a golden moment by drizzling some onto your porridge or pancakes, or into your favourite recipes.
Well if your familiar with Lyle's syrup in the can, taste wise (to me) this is exactly the same really. It is light golden in colour, the same usual stickiness but a different consistency altogether. It's entirely pourable and as promised it is a drip proof bottle and to get any out you have to squeeze the bottle rather firmly!
It is not like water and does contain body to it you just couldn't call it thick and/or gloopy. Taste wise well it's the usual sugar hit. It tastes like thick liquid sugar, is smooth and just simply very high quality tasting, incredibly naturally sweet and just perfect. Great on foods and great to cook with this is really just a simple way of eating syrup really! I think I will always prefer thicker syrup on my pancakes so will stick to a tin for that reason but taste wise there is no real difference and this is definitely the easier option of using syrup and far less messy! A great idea!
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Energy: 310 Kcal
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced around 96p a bottle (for this size!).
I do a lot of baking at home and at the moment one of my most frequent recipes is flapjacks which calls for golden syrup in abundance. I have usually used the traditional Lyle's Golden Syrup in the green tins with the lid which you have to prise off. Whilst the quality of this syrup cannot be doubted the tin is not the easiest way of measuring the syrup and tends to end up very sticky and messy.
I was therefore very pleased to find that they have started selling the exact same product in a wonderful, drip proof plastic bottle. I found it for 96p in Sainsburys which was only a penny more than the tin version, both containing 454g of the sticky, sweet and glorious golden liquid.
This new packaging is actually labelled as 'pouring syrup' and that seem to be the angle they are going for, it would indeed be much easier to pour this over pancakes or ice cream for instance, than it ever has been spooning it out of the tin.
So, I also found that it is much easier to judge measurements from this bottle, I knew that I needed 4oz of syrup for my recipe and the bottle when weighed was exactly 12oz, I therefore knew that by eye I needed a quarter of the bottle and was able to judge pouring this much out a lot more accurately than I ever can with a spoon and a tin.
It was so nice not having to do the 'twisty spoon manouvre' which has long been a part of spooning syrup out of the tin and usually results in syrup all over the sides of the tin and any work surfaces in the vicinity. With this clean and easy to use bottle there is simply no mess and no fuss.
I will most definitely buy my syrup in this packaging from now on, another bonus is that the bottle can be recycled more easily that the tin. To be honest I have always found the tins such a hassle to clean I have never bothered to even think about recycling but with this bottle there really is no excuse.
A great new way of buying and using syrup for baking and everyday use.
I do a lot of home baking and quite often I make a delicious sticky ginger cake. One of the key ingredients in my recipe is golden syrup, and over the years I have discovered that the best results are achieved whenever I use Lyle's golden syrup.
I usually keep a small tin of Lyle's in my store cupboard, but this week, I ran out and for convenience I nipped to my local Spar to complete my list of ingredients. I was dismayed to discover the store did not stock the familiar little green "Hammerite" sized tins, but they did stock Lyle's golden syrup in a new non-drip plastic bottle, so given there was no alternative, I bought a bottle.
The small, stubby transparent plastic bottle contained 454g of syrup which is the same volume you find in the small tins. However, this bottle cost a whopping £1.49 in comparison to the 94p I usually pay in Asda for the small tin. I don't really know how much of this price differential is down to the difference in packaging or how much of it is down to the Spar being a rip-off merchant.
The bottle itself is made from a recyclable squeezable plastic with a flip top gold coloured lid, labelled with the trademark Lyle's green and gold label featuring the golden lion.
Dispensing and measuring the syrup is easy. Simply remove the sealing tab, flip open the lid, invert the bottle and squeeze. This convenient easy to use non-drip container means there's no mess and no waste. In the past, I have made so much mess trying to scrape the syrup out of a jar or tin using a spoon. The mess is normally further compounded when transferring the syrup from the spoon to the mixing bowl - I usually end up with thin trails of sticky goo all over the worktop, but with the bottle, this challenge was eliminated.
The base of the bottle has a slightly concave moulding which produces a point inside the bottle for the syrup to drip from. This means that ALL of the contents can be dispensed and no syrup is left stuck to the walls and base of the container thus minimising waste.
The syrup inside is a lovely golden colour (the clue is in the name really!) which has a sticky, gloopy viscosity which is very smooth to pour. There is no sugary grittiness like you sometimes get at the bottom of some store brand jars. Upon opening, the syrup smells a bit like candy floss and the taste is very, very sugary and sweet. The kind of sweetness you know will instantly rot your teeth on contact. I personally couldn't eat much of it on its own, but I find it perfect for my ginger cake.
Needless to say, the syrup itself is a nutritional nightmare with each 100g providing a whopping 310kcal. No surprises there - we all know that when things taste nice, they carry a hefty calorie price tag.
Overall, I think Lyle's have hit on a great idea with the convenient non-drip bottle and the syrup in my opinion is second to none. It is just a shame about the exorbitant price.