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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
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.”