Behind-the-scenes at the Lyle’s Golden Syrup factory
A pancake a day keeps your sweet tooth at bay…
OK maybe that’s not exactly how the old saying goes but surely it has some truth to it and it’s rather appropriate with Pancake Day looming.
Pancakes are best served with… Well, the possibilities are endless, but many of us love nothing more than a drizzle of Lyle’s Golden Syrup.
Equipped with a hard hat, goggles, earplugs and other fashionable factory garb, I embarked on a tour of Lyle’s to see how golden syrup goes from sugar to the gooey goodness we know it as.
Two things stand out from this tour. The first is that it’s sensory overload – the entire factory smells of warm, nutty, sweet syrup. It’s the type of scent you wish you went home smelling like at the end of the day. It stayed in my hair and my clothes – I was so happy it did.
The second thing that stands out most is the tradition. The tradition of the factory and the machines, but also of the workers. I met three factory workers at Lyle’s; two had been working there for over 30 years and another had been there for a mere 27 years… A rookie in Lyle’s terms.
While Lyle’s holds onto tradition in many ways, they don’t let it hold them back from being inventive. If you’d rather have maple syrup on your pancakes this February 9, Lyle’s has you covered. How about blueberry or butterscotch or strawberry syrup? Again, Lyle’s has you covered. They’ve expanded their product range to cover everyone’s tastes, but nothing beats the original in my opinion…
And the best tip I learned along the way? Serve your Golden Syrup warmed up. If you can believe it, it’s even better than the room temperature stuff.
Check out some delicious. recipes that use Golden Syrup:
What’s your favourite way to use Lyle’s Golden Syrup? Let us know in the comments.