Can Anyone Offer More Information About "King Syrup"
I just bought a 32oz. bottle of King Syrup at Gourmet Giant on Rockville Pike. The red label with the lion face looked so interesting, and I thought I remember seeing it called for in a recipe for a New Orleans King's Cake. Now, I'm wondering what I will do with it. It looks as though it will be good on pancakes. I grew up in the DC area but can't say I have any memory of using this syrup as a kid. A quick search online suggests that it hails from Baltimore. Apparently, it once came only in a glass bottle, though, mine's in a plastic one. Any history, local stories, or recipes for this product would be appreciated.
It's definitely a Southern thing. This is easy to Google: http://www.carriagehousebrands.com/ki...
Note that King Syrup is a blend of corn syrup and sugar syrup. I have seen clear and "golden" versions, but I have not tried either. The company's other brand, King Po-T-Rik, is a dark syrup that many use instead of molasses. However, the manufaturer's site carefully avoids stating that it is or contains molasses. Other web sources give the content of Po-T-Rik as Corn Syrup, Molasses, Water and Citric Acid. Both brands are sometimes called "table syrup".
Flashback to childhood.
My mother always had a bottle of King Syrup up on the shelves with the flour, sugar, & other baking goods. I honestly can not remember ever seeing her use, but I'm going to guess it went into some of those delicious breads she regularly baked.
I do recall taking the bottle down from time to time & tasting a spoonful, or sticking my finger in for a little lick ;)