I had a question posed to me by one of the readers of this blog. “I’ve just discovered your blog. Obviously, I don’t get much time to cook, let alone read about it. Anyway, I found you as I was trying to find a place in Boise where I can buy Golden Syrup. I found a recipe for butterscotch pie that I would like to try. The recipe says the “key” is the golden syrup. So I hope someone knows where I can get it in the valley. I’m looking forward to reading more in your blog. McCall”
Here is what I have found from O Chef.
Golden syrup, long popular in Britain, is becoming more broadly available in this country. Lyle’s Golden Syrup is the most common brand, and we have seen it in supermarkets in some pretty out-of-the-way places. It is also available in specialty stores and online.
Golden syrup, like molasses, is a product of the process of refining sugar. It is simply sugar cane juice that has been boiled down. It has the consistency of corn syrup, but a golden color and a taste different from either light or dark corn syrup, and also substantially different from its cousin, molasses. … if you must, you can try substituting it with 2 parts light corn syrup and 1 part molasses or equal parts of honey and light corn syrup.
And from Wikipedia,
Golden syrup was invented in 1883 by Scottish businessman Abram Lyle, when he discovered that a byproduct of the sugar cane refined at his factory in Plaistow, east London, could be made into a delicious spread and sweetener for cooking. First sold to Lyle’s employees and local customers in wooden casks, the iconic green and gold tins that Lyle’s golden syrup is sold in today were introduced in 1885. The tin bears a picture of the rotting carcass of a lion with a swarm of bees, and the slogan “Out of the strong came forth sweetness”. This is a reference to the Biblical story in chapter 14 of the Book of Judges in which Samson was travelling to the land of the Philistines in search of a wife. During the journey he killed a lion, and when he passed the same spot on his return he noticed that a swarm of bees had formed a comb of honey in the carcass. Samson later turned this into a riddle at a wedding: “Out of the eater came forth meat and out of the strong came forth sweetness”. While it is not known exactly why this image and slogan were chosen, Abram Lyle was a deeply religious man, and it has been suggested that they refer either to the strength of the Lyle company or the tins in which golden syrup is sold. In 1904 they were registered together as a trademark, and in 2006 Guinness World Records declared the mark to be Britain’s oldest brand. Lyle’s golden syrup was awarded a Royal Warrant in 1911.
In 1921 Lyle’s business merged with Tate, a sugar-refining firm founded by Sir Henry Tate in 1859, to become Tate and Lyle. Tate and Lyle is the only cane sugar refiner in the UK and is the largest in Europe. It currently sells a million tins of golden syrup each month. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of golden syrup in 2008, Tate and Lyle sold the product in limited-edition gold tins.
And if you still need some background, you can look at the source of the product, Tate and Lyle. But most of the information that I have found says that you can probably find it at some larger grocery chains, Albertson’s I would suggest or the Boise Coop. Let us know what you have found. If local sources don’t pan out (no pun intended) you can buy online. I have seen prices range for a 1 pound tin (454 grams) $8.00 to $12.50. Good luck and cheers!