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Dec 9, 2011 11:08 AM

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:

          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.