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Black Treacle

Black Treacle

Black Treacle
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Black Treacle is a dark syrup, similar to molasses.

In fact, it's made from molasses that is refined a bit further, until it has a slightly more burnt, bitter taste than does molasses.

It is also slightly more bitter than Golden Syrup, which is sometimes called Light Treacle.

Black Treacle is very popular in Britain, where it is used as North Americans would use molasses.


An unsulphured, light molasses.


1 tablespoon = 15 ml = 20g

History Notes

Treacle originally meant a medicinal compound. The famous "treacle well" at St. Margaret's Church, in Binsey, near Oxford, wouldn't actually have contained sugary treacle.

Later along, a medicinal treacle compound made in Venice was particularly sweet, and by means of this, the name came to be transferred to a thick syrup.

Literature & Lore

The old English word was "triacle". Back when it still had its medicinal meaning, Geoffrey Chaucer wrote: "Christ, which that is to every harm triacle."

See also:


Agave Syrup; Almond Syrup; Barley Malt Syrup; Birch Syrup; Black Treacle; Brown Rice Syrup; Cane Syrup; Chocolate Syrup; Coconut Syrup; Cordials; Corn Syrup; Fig Syrup; Fox's U-Bet Chocolate Flavor Syrup; Golden Syrup; Gum Syrup; Khus Syrup; Maple Syrup; Nectar Syrup; Orgeade; Orgeat Syrup; Pancake Syrup; Rock Candy Syrup; Rose Syrup; Stages of Cooked Sugar Syrups for Candy - Temperature Guide; Sugar Syrup; Swedish Light Syrup; Syrups; Violet Syrup

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Oulton, Randal. "Black Treacle." CooksInfo.com. Published 02 September 2002; revised 18 February 2011. Web. Accessed 03/19/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/black-treacle>.

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