Product Type: Lyle's Spread
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Something extra for your ice cream
Lyle's Squeezy Syrup
Member Name: ryeb
Lyle's Squeezy Syrup
Advantages: Low price, good taste and range of flavours, no artificial flavourings, vegan
Disadvantages: Full range not easy to find compared to other products, sticky but so are all syrups
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.
Summary: A nice finishing touch to an icecream