Let’s dive in, what is golden syrup?
Golden syrup is an inverted sugar syrup and a by-product of refining sugar cane to create sugar. Also known as light treacle, golden syrup is a thick, translucent, amber-coloured syrup that’s sweeter than sugar and has a gorgeous caramelised and buttery flavour – even though it doesn’t contain any dairy!
How is golden syrup different to other products?
Golden syrup vs corn syrup
Although they are both syrups, the two are made from different products and yield different flavours. As the name suggests, corn syrup is made from corn, the process involves extracting the glucose from corn and breaking it down into a thick syrup. It’s a lighter, more golden colour than Lyle’s Golden Syrup, but corn syrup doesn’t really have any flavour, so it can be used in recipes without affecting the taste.
Golden syrup vs honey
They may look very similar, but they both taste very different. Honey is a natural ingredient created by bees and has a sweet and sometimes floral or herbal flavour – depending on which plants the bees pollinated.
Golden syrup is also made from cane, also a natural ingredients, but it doesn’t contain any animal products, which makes it a great vegan substitute for honey. Lyle’s Golden Syrup also contains water, so it’s less likely to crystalise.
How should you store golden syrup
It’s recommended that you store Lyle’s Golden Syrup in a dry environment at room temperature. It’s also recommended that you use it within three months of opening it.