Lyle’s Golden Syrup has been named as Britain’s
oldest brand. Its distinctive green and gold packaging has remained virtually
unchanged since 1885. I certainly remember growing up with a tin of Lyle’s perpetually sat in the kitchen cupboard. I think my mum used it as a key ingredient in her cake-baking.
If you’re wondering why each tin of Lyle’s features the image of a lion with bees and the quote ‘Out of the strong came forth sweetness’, then Lyle’s website gives the answer: ‘Abram Lyle had strong religious beliefs, which is why the Lyle’s Golden
Syrup trademark depicts a quotation from the Bible. In the Old
Testament (Book of Judges 14:14) Samson was travelling to the land of
the Philistines in search of a wife. During the journey he killed a
lion, and on his return past the same spot he noticed that a swarm of
bees had formed a comb of honey in the carcass. Samson later turned
this into a riddle: ‘Out of the eater came forth meat and out of the
strong came forth sweetness’. So now you know.