HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >

Can Anyone Offer More Information About "King Syrup"

DLynne Dec 9, 2011 11:08 AM

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.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. r
    ronandaim RE: DLynne Dec 9, 2011 07:56 PM

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

    1 Reply
    1. re: ronandaim
      fishymd RE: ronandaim Jun 10, 2013 02:31 PM

      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. m
      mdfoodlover RE: DLynne Dec 10, 2011 03:58 AM

      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 ;)

      1 Reply
      1. re: mdfoodlover
        kozykos RE: mdfoodlover Dec 10, 2011 04:29 AM

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

      2. s
        shellymck RE: DLynne Dec 10, 2011 07:58 AM

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

        1. w
          wayne keyser RE: DLynne Dec 10, 2011 03:34 PM

          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. s
            sillysue RE: DLynne May 29, 2013 11:59 AM

            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. r
              roxanne207 RE: DLynne May 29, 2013 07:20 PM

              Definately not an ingredient in king cake.

              1. t
                tellytell RE: DLynne Mar 5, 2014 11:05 AM

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

                1. h
                  Hue RE: DLynne Mar 5, 2014 07:11 PM

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


                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Hue
                    DLynne RE: Hue Mar 6, 2014 04:10 AM

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

                  2. f
                    fishymd RE: DLynne Mar 5, 2014 08:03 PM

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

                    1. d
                      DebbieValiant RE: DLynne Apr 13, 2014 08:19 AM

                      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. s
                        shawnsusanbrown RE: DLynne May 16, 2014 06:45 PM

                        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. j
                          joeking RE: DLynne Jun 9, 2014 06:42 AM

                          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.

                          1. t
                            tartuffe RE: DLynne Jun 9, 2014 08:48 AM

                            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. p
                              peanutbutrcupz RE: DLynne Jun 24, 2014 10:52 PM

                              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!

                              Show Hidden Posts