I always have a bottle of Lyles syrup 325g in my cupboards as I think it turns plain ice cream into a proper dessert. I currently have a bottle of the strawberry flavour which has been open for a few months but the use by date is still April 2014. I would say that it usually lasts in our house three to four months and is used on average once a week or fortnight.
The bottle is a shaped with a dip in the middle so it is easy to hold and squeeze and is made of quite a rigid plastic. It has a strawberry print on the front and sides of the bottle and plain red on the back where the ingredients and instructions are. The top is gold with a flip top and has a hole in the middle of about one centimetre so it is plenty wide enough for the syrup to come out. I find the syrup start to come out quickly as soon as you turn it upside down and only needs a gentle squeeze to help it along. The top can become a bit sticky and I have to pull it a bit to open it, but if you clean it properly after use I'm sure this wouldn't happen (must try it!)
It smells very fruity without being too sickly and is light red in colour. Obviously as it is a syrup it is quite thick and gloopy but it does pour quite freely. Although it is a sweet taste I don't find it oversweet and it doesn't taste artificial at all.
I would say I use it mostly poured on vanilla ice cream but have also used it to drizzle on pancakes which are another favourite of mine. As it contains quite a decent amount of sugar I don't think you need to add any sugar if you are using the syrup however if you have a really sweet tooth you might want to add a sprinkle.
It is free from artificial flavourings, colours and preservatives, gluten free and is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans so is suitable for a lot of people. The ingredients are glucose-fructose syrup, 5% strawberry juice, citric acid, natural colours and flavourings.
There are 317 calories in 100g but as this is a third of the bottle you wouldn't be eating too many calories in an average squeeze so isn't too naughty for dieters and you do feel you are having a real treat.
I bought my last bottle from Home Bargains and paid 89p which I think is a good price as the last time I looked in Tesco it was £1.29.
Verdict: A tasty addition to ice cream or pancakes,
I have my sister to blame for the fact I have several bottles of ice cream topping sitting in my house. She saw that Lyles offer a selection of squeezy dessert syrups that are suitable for vegans such as herself, even the chocolate flavour. She saw them in Poundland and bought a selection of flavours, before deciding shortly afterwards to go on a healthy eating kick. The dessert toppings were removed to my kitchen for safe keeping, and not wanting them to go to waste I have been trying them out..
I have not seen these syrups stocked in as many places as other brands such as the Askeys Treat range which is a shame because they offer a good selection of flavours including strawberry, raspberry, banoffee, chocolate mint and butterscotch. I have tried the last two. Although I think of them as a ice cream topping, they are actually described as a general dessert topping and Lyles suggest they would make good partners dishes such as pancakes as well. I would agree that they are very versatile and I doubt there will be much danger of us not using these up before within 3 months of opening as recommended.
They come in a squeezy bottle, which seems the most suitable packaging. The syrup is thick, so getting it out can involve some effort, especially if the bottle is past half full. Tipping it upside down and waiting patiently works - eventually. There is a flip top lid, which is reasonably secure which is very important with a product as potentially sticky as this. Like other similar sauces, you do have to be careful to wipe around the lid thoroughly after use, as the texture of the sauce means it is easy for the bottle to get messy to handle.
The syrups smell pleasant and rather sweet which is not surprising. I thought the butterscotch one smells of a mixture of toffee and vanilla, with golden syrup thrown in - a very nice combination overall. The chocolate mint flavour smells exactly as you would expect, but more of the mint than the chocolate. The texture of both is similar. I mentioned that it is thick, as you would expect a syrup to be, but it is not so much so that it will not spread out invitingly over a pancake for example. In fact, if you add too much to an ice cream cone, it will eventually drip down the sides and leave you with sticky hands. This is one reason why I think it works better as a topping on a pudding you are going to eat in a bowl. It is easier to contol that way! Being thick, it doesn't really dissolve and mix in with other ingredients, but this is an advantage if you are making a layered dessert. You can expect the layers to stay in place for a while, but by the time you have reached the bottom of a knickerbocker glory glass, the syrup should have slid and flavoured everything on it's way. Delicious! I was especially impressed with the butterscotch flavour. It reminds me of a more toffee flavoured version of the butterscotch Angel Delight whip that was a favourite dessert of mine when I was a child. It is sweet, and the flavour is strong enough for a small amount to be all you need. The chocolate mint variant tastes like a liquid version of dark chocolate mint Matchmakers, if you have ever had those. It is more mint than chocolate in taste, but that makes it more refreshing and unusual to me. It goes very well with chocolate icecream in particular.
Considering these syrups cost just £1 for 325g, and you need very litle to impart it's flavour, I think these syrups are great value. They don't contain any artificial colourings, flavourings or preservatives, which is not what I expected of a product such as this. I would recommend these to ice cream lovers, although if you don't like really sweet things, you may find the addition of a syrup too much. They are also good for making ice cream shakes, altthough their thickness makes mixing a little difficult. Blending them with a tiny amount of hot water helps to thin them though, which in turn helps with mixing in. Otherwise, they make a quick drizzled topping for a cheesecake, or pancakes. I have enjoyed trying them out, and I will keep an eye out for the other flavours. The most reliable stockists seem to be places such as Poundstretcher and Poundland/world, where they are available all year round.
Suitable for vegans and gluten free.
I bought the chocolate variety of this product for use on ice cream but it can be used for a variety of things, including waffles, jelly, mini pancakes, rice pudding and even fruit.
It has satisfied my need as it is lovely on ice cream. The taste is not overwhelmingly chocolatey but is does taste of chocolate and is sweet without being sickly. It comes out easily and the cap does not get sticky due the plastic insert in the top to stop excess sauce coming out. The sauce is smooth and glossy in apearance which is attractive and has the consistency of syrup whichis also appealing.
The sauce comes in a 340g bottle. Itis suitable for vegetarians and is gluten free but does not have any further allergy information.
The nutritional information is as follows:
Per 100g -
The ingredients are as follows:
Glucose fructose syrup, sweet condensed milk, vegetable oil, fat-reduced cocoa (2%), modified starch.
Definately not a healthy option but you wouldn't really expect it to be. I would say it is fine for an occasional treat but not something you would want to be eating every day.
Why did I buy this product?
I bought this for over the top of ice cream. I bought the certain product as I thought it would be less messy to use and think it is great idea it being in a squeezy bottle.
What is the product for?
You can use on:
Where can I buy it from and how much?
I bought this from Framfoods for only £1. You can buy in most supermarkets for £1.98.
Typical Values per 100g
Of which sugars 75.0g
As I have said before when I'm talking about baking products, every week normally one day during the weekend I spend the day with my children doing some home baking. I think it is important as a mother to spend time with my children doing something which they love and build that close bond. Let's face it all kids love getting messy and eating special treats.
I was in doing my weekly shop when I spotted this syrup and thought it was a great idea the syrup being in a bottle. Something that the children can do themselves or so I thought. However this was not the case as the bottle is quite hard to squeeze and tiny hands could not manage this on there own.
There are different flavours that the maker has changed into a squeezy bottle. You can get Golden Syrup, Chocolate, Toffee, Banoffee, Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant flavours - the last three are made with real fruit juice for intense fruitiness!
It is free from artificial flavours, colours, and preservatives. It is also suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, and a no-mess cap.
I have not tried all of the flavours that this product offers. I have tried the milk chocolate one and to be completely honest with you I thought it was disgusting. It does not at all taste like chocolate well I do not think so anyways. I would not buy this product in the same flavour again but I would be willing to try the other ones to see if they are any better.
For that reason I am going to rate this product 5/10. It is a great idea, great price, different flavours, just not happy with the flavour that I chose.
Hope my review was of some used to you, thank you for taking time to read it.
I love pancakes, yum! I love them even more with something sweet on them like jam or treacle :-P
One of the things I found in our cupboard to review was something I'd forgotten we'd got as it was at the back as it isn't used very often...
'Lyle's Squeezy Syrup' is a golden syrup which is in an upside down bottle that has got a green wrapper on it and weighs 340 g.
I think the design of the bottle is stupid even though I love the sticky contents as it tends to fall over and is really difficult to squeeze out - it has one of those drip free plastic gizmos on the opening but it makes it really difficult to push the syrup through :(
The bottle is plastic (recycle please!) and has a gold lid and is advertised as free from artificial colours, preservatives and flavours...
Lyles say it is a melt in the mouth experience to use their product on ice cream, waffle, jelly (yuk!), mini pancakes, rice pudding and fruit, yum!
This sauce is suitable for vegetarians and is gluten free as well.
The best before is not until 2011 which is awesome and it still tastes gorgeous and we've had ours months now :)
The ingredient list in only one, lol, and that is partially inverted refiners syrup, and the sugar content is through the roof at 79.5g for every 100g. The calories are 321 per 100g but you don't need a lot of this as it is really sweet and can be sickly if you eat too much.
The syrup is quite runny compared to treacle in the tin, and very gloopy and sticky and is a dark golden brown colour. It reminds me of a liquid dark gold as it is pours onto foods...
I love this stuff so give it a full five stars as a treat; but remember too much sugar is bad for the teeth!!
Choose from seven delicious varieties of ice cream topping - Golden Syrup, Chocolate, Toffee, Banoffee, Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant flavours - the last three are made with real fruit juice for intense fruitiness! All are free from artificial colours and preservatives and come in a no drip, no mess, fun to use bottle.