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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.

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  1. Yummm....pour it on some biscuits....

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    1. re: ronandaim

      The really good stuff is the King Po-T-Rik...real blackstrap molasses...a little hard to find but well worth ir...Blue Label

    2. 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 ;)

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      1. re: mdfoodlover

        We grew up with a large can of King Syrup that we put on toast bread.

      2. This was my father's pancake syrup of choice when I was a kid. We didn't use it for any other purpose.

        1. 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".

          1. From near Ocean City, We used King instead of Log Cabin maple syrup. Pancakes, French Toast.
            Dad used it in his corn bread.
            Mom used it with pecans or walnuts for sundaes.
            I have used it in place of Kayro syrup in some receipes.

            1. Definately not an ingredient in king cake.

              1. I grew up on King syrup and its the best you will every taste. It brings alot of good memories for me.

                1. This is an old post but for reference
                  King Syrup the Mangels Herold Company in Baltimore


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                  1. re: Hue

                    Thank you. This looks like an interesting article. I'll sit down and read it carefully later today.

                  2. They no longer sell King Po-T-Rik...i'm heartbroken...

                    1. Our grandparents who lived near Snow Hill, MD would serve us this with hot cakes, every summer on our visits and it came in a can! We thought it was truly special. Oh I would love to find it again!

                      1. You add two parts syrup and one part butter and mix it together in a bowl. Dip your biscuits in there for breakfast and you won't be disappointed. My husband's family has been doing this for years and it is a staple in our house.

                        1. its great on pancakes,i used to work there in Baltimore before they sold it and moved it to ky. I worked in the mixing dept. I used to make the syrup,along with all their other products,i still have the formulas,and collectables from the,it was the mangels Harold co. owned by roger mangels.

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                          1. re: joeking

                            We are from Baltimore also. I bought King Syrup to make a pecan pie for Thanksgiving. Disaster. The new KS did not do its traditional magic. It was not thick and contained preservatives. The pie was not good. The new company has killed a legend. Is there a thick corn syrup out there like KS used to be?

                          2. All we had as a kid (baby boomer here). When I went to college in NH in the 60s ) and discovered maple syrup, I was blown away. There is no comparison.

                            My father ad grandmother loved King Syrup on scrapple, for what's that's worth

                            1. It is the main ingredient in Shoo Fly Pie, but you can eat it on anything you'd eat syrup or honey or molasses on and it tastes like a mixture of all three. This is all we ever had in our house growing up, it is the absolute best, but I would rather pay more and have it in the traditional glass bottles, I can only find it in plastic now when I can find it at all. Definitely a PA Dutch thing!

                              1. The ingredients list on the bottle lists (in order) are corn syrup, molasses, and water. Cong Agra purchased Castleman and discontinued the product. It is a little lighter than molasses and less bitter. The other King line-up are still being made. Use like molasses or as a table syrup.

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                                1. re: hjlichtman

                                  They are still making King Po-T-Rik?

                                2. Log Cabin Maple syrup in the North East, King Syrup (cane sugar) to mid-South and Alaga, (cane sugar, molasses) in the Deep South. All are used on pancakes, biscuits, as breakfast food. They were all regular, ordinary breakfast foods but when I search on line, I find $5 to $6 dollar price tags, like they were gourmet or delicacy items. They are still just breakfast food unless you do cooking, like cookies, pecan pie, etc with it.

                                  1. Originally,King Syrup was invented in Baltimore,Md.,in 1903.
                                    It was patented & produced by a company named Torbot & Castleman from 1906 to the mid 90's, in Baltimore, Md., and at their other plant, which was located in Buckner,Ky. After Torbot & Castleman was sold out (or) taken over, the King Syrup name was sold to The Carriage House company, who now makes it from their facility in Dunkirk, Ny.

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                                    1. re: truckintim87

                                      OMG. You just broke the chowhound NO GOOGLE rule! Seriously, it never ceases to amaze me that people will ask a question on chowhound, assuming that someone will just happen to know and just happen to see their question and just happen to feel like taking the time to answer, when you could just google it. Not as much fun, I guess.

                                      But it was Torbitt, not Torbot, and they sold the Kentucky facility 14 yrs ago.