Black treacle is a dark, thick syrup that is a byproduct of refining sugar. It is a product of the U.K. and considered to be the British equivalent of molasses, appearing in many of the country’s signature food recipes. Black treacle is used in sweets such as toffee, cakes, puddings, and even some drinks.
Black treacle is a thick, dark, sugar syrup containing sugarcane molasses to create a somewhat bitter flavour. The term “treacle” is used generally to describe uncrystallized syrup in Brittain and typically refers to the dark syrup. However, “light treacle” has been adopted when referring to golden syrup, another staple in British cooking. It’s also a product of sugar refining, has a honey-like colour and is much sweeter than black treacle. Both syrups are famously made by the Tate & Lyle.
Black Treacle and Molasses
The two are similar in colour and used in the same way. Black treacle is a blend of cane molasses and inverts sugar syrup. Though it’s similar to pure molasses, black treacle is generally described as a slightly burnt, bitter version of molasses.
Black Treacle Uses
In the early 1800s, treacle was used as a meat preservative in a similar manner to salt preservation. Today, it’s primarily a liquid sweetener, used in baking, desserts and sweet sauces. You can also add it to glazes and marinades for fish or meat. Some people use it to brew beer or mix it into drinks such as tea or cocktails.
What Does It Taste Like?
Black treacle has a deep flavour that’s rich, slightly burnt and has a hint of bitterness. It is sticky and thick, just like molasses.
Black Treacle Recipes
Black treacle is commonly used in food like dark bread, cakes, scones and tarts. Parkin is the Yorkshire version of gingerbread and black treacle is an essential ingredient. Steamed puddings, beverages, sauces, toffee, fudge and cheesecakes can all include black treacle.
Nutrition and Benefits
Black treacle contains good amounts of a few minerals including iron, manganese, calcium, copper and magnesium. It is gluten-free and contains no fat; a 100g serving has 64 grams of carbohydrate and 1.7 grams of protein.