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posted 7/27/2008 5:57:21 PM |
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How many of you have relocated to another country and get a craving for a favorite food and can't find the ingredients or a suitable substitute to duplicate it?

I have a craving for my favorite cookie bar called Ginger Crunch. I went to grab my cookbook and one of the specific ingredients is Golden Syrup which is caramelized sugar cane. I could get it in New Zealand and I know they have it in England but I can't find it on the supermarket shelves here.

Molasses is too heavy and not the right flavor combo. It is more like Treacle.

I need this ingredient to get it and a number of my other favorite recipies to taste just right. Can anyone help me out? Is there a US equivelent I don't know or can the Golden Syrup fairy just appear with a care package>


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Jul 27 @ 6:00PM  
Man, that would suck!

Jul 27 @ 6:02PM  
Heck you dont have to move to another country to find out they dont have your favorite foods.............just move a few states away............I moved from minnesota to ohio.........and found to my dismay that they didnt have ken Davis bbq sauce which is like the best in the world.............thank god i moved back to minnesota where i can get it by the gallons............

try googling it you may find a place that sells it online.........

Jul 27 @ 6:12PM  
Just tried that Dayna.

There is no substitute that tastes even close.

And I am in the mood for this cookie bar RIGHT NOW!!!! Dammit

Jul 27 @ 6:16PM  
Call the Co. Direct! Ask them for retailers, if none are Local, see if they could hook a lady up!
My 2 cents!

Jul 27 @ 6:19PM  
where there's a will there's a way....have it shipped to ya

Jul 27 @ 6:27PM  
try here

Jul 27 @ 6:55PM  
To hell with another country.... I moved from NY to NC, and can't find the foods that I want....

Jul 27 @ 6:58PM  
here's another link

Jul 27 @ 7:04PM  
I just googled it and you can get it from

make sure you share the cookies

Jul 27 @ 7:16PM  
I've never heard of it before. But, when ya make them, share em'!

Jul 27 @ 7:16PM  
Thanks you guys... can't share the cookies but will share the recipe.

Ginger Crunch Bars

4 ozs. Butter
4 ozs. Sugar
7 ozs. Flour
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Baking Powder

Cream butter and sugar, add sifted dry ingredients. Knead well and press into o greased shallow tin. Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 375 F.


4 tbsp Butter
8 tbsp Icing Sugar (Powdered confectioners sugar)
4 tsp Golden Syrup
2 tsp Ground Ginger

Put topping ingredients into a saucepan and heat until melted. Pour over cake while hot, and cut into squares before it gets cold.


Jul 27 @ 7:42PM  
most of that stuff can be gotten here....

Jul 27 @ 7:53PM  
I know what you are going through ....when i was in Scotland for a month in the 80`s i was soooo hungry for a hamburger ...we went to a resturaunt and i seen hamburger ...had my mouth set ....They brought me a piece of ham in a batter deep fried ...

I do love Frye`s cream ....they are soooo good ..

Jul 27 @ 9:53PM  
try this if you haven't yet

Golden Syrup

(Substitute for Lyle's Golden Syrup)

Put 1/4 cup sugar in a small heavy saucepan
and shake pan so the sugar is in an even layer.
Sprinkle it with 1/2 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp water.
Cook over low heat, without stirring, for 5 minutes.
Increase heat to medium and cook until syrup has taken on a
light caramel colour, 5 to 6 minutes.
Immediately remove from heat and pour in 1/3 cup light corn syrup.
Do not stir, but let it bubble for 2 to 3 minutes.
When the bubbling stops, stir well.
It can be stored at room temperature for several months.


Jul 27 @ 10:32PM  
Found the Lyle's on Amazon.

Lyle's Golden Syrup

Jul 27 @ 11:01PM  
i live five minutes from 3 international markets, at least two of which have
both things ... but i will check this out again monday. i want some of the cookies.

Jul 27 @ 11:42PM  
I would make a smart ass comment on where you could find it, but I like you too much.

While in the Navy I was all over Asia. Everything I was accustomed to was different. Cheeseburgers, spaghetti, pizza, none of it tasted American. I ate at some places where no english was spoken and I couldn't understend the menu. I still don't know what I ate.

But any way good luck on finding what you need. At least you have King crab and don't you also have giant prawns up there?

Jul 28 @ 4:00AM  
Maybe Karo syrup?

Those that have mentioned moving to a new area...I concur. I miss so many things fr when I lived in CA.

When I lived in Europe, we had heard that there was a McDonald's in Munich (this was a long time ago before McD's what on every corner). We couldn't find it but found a KFC and settled for that. Of course we found McD's right after leaving KFC...

Jul 29 @ 8:42AM  
now if only they made dutch bread here on google

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Moving to another country and can't find familiar foods