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Golden Syrup

Lyle's Golden Syrup

Lyle's Golden Syrup
© Denzil Green

Golden Syrup is made by boiling down sugar cane juice, after the sugar that is going to crystallize has been removed, until it is a thick, amber syrup. Some flavouring and colouring may be added.

Ounce for ounce, It is not as sweet as sugar because it contains some water. Technically, Golden Syrup is a mixture of invert sugar, sucrose, water, and salts.

Golden Syrup is used in the UK in the same way as North Americans would use corn syrup. There was a time you couldn't get corn syrup in the UK or Golden Syrup in North America, but now with greater curiosity about each other's cooking, you can get both in either places.

"Lyle's Golden Syrup" is the best known brand in the UK. It is actually made by Tate & Lyle. It retains the pre-1921 merger name of just "Lyle."

In New Zealand, a brand called "Chelsea" is also popular.


"First" molasses or corn syrup. Or, if you want to be more exact, because Golden Syrup is sweeter than corn syrup, use 1/2 corn syrup, 1/2 honey.


1 oz = 1 tablespoon

History Notes

Golden Syrup was invented in 1883 by Abram Lyle, whose name is now on "Lyle's Golden Syrup."

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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Also called:

Light Treacle


Oulton, Randal. "Golden Syrup." CooksInfo.com. Published 02 September 2002; revised 21 June 2012. Web. Accessed 05/22/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/golden-syrup>.

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