Selsey Foods began its life as a herb and goat farm during the mid 1980’s in a small southern Cotswold village called Selsey. After some inspired thinking a range of speciality food products were produced using the herbs from the farm as a base ingredient, spices were later added to compliment the growing range. Although the goats have now gone they still produce the finest quality food and continually adding new exciting products.
Selsey foods now have an online shop offering their customers a range of chutneys, sauces, preserves, traditional and seasonal food gifts, desert syrups and mulling syrups.
All of their products are hand produced using the finest produce for the fullest and freshest flavours, only the very best ingredients, which coupled with the small batch runs and close attention to detail ensures that the products reach the consumer in excellent, mouth watering condition.
We was recently sent some syrups to try out and they certainly went down a treat with our ice creams and pancakes. We received three bottles of syrup each a different flavour Vanilla syrup with a vanilla pod, blackcurrant and cinnamon syrup and sour cherry and vanilla syrup.
The bottles are very attractive looking and are 250ml, without even tasting the syrup you instantly imagine them to taste sublime. We tried the syrups with out pancakes and icecream and the boys loved them, being an instant hit with the eldest as he has finished off the vanilla pod bottle using it on his porridge in the morning.
The syrups are deliciously sweet and very tasty and i love the idea of having the vanilla pod inside the bottle. The flavours are strong and not a lot of the syrup is needed when pouring on to your food, the syrups make perfect addition to any food or drink.
We added our syrups to porridge, ice-cream, pancakes, fruit, coffee, hot chocolate, milk to make milkshakes, deserts like sponge cakes and apple pie. the syrups are ideal to bake with aswell adding a little to enhance the flavour of the cake or pudding.
Not only do the syrups taste nice in food and hot chocolate but adding a little to vodka or white wine really does give the drink an added flavour, they are ideal to make up cocktails too.
Another syrup that we received was the Gourmet Mulling Syrup a non alcoholic syrup containing a special blend of spices to provide a simple and convenient way to make the most delicious mulled wine, cider or apple juice. Simply add to your chosen drink in an 8:1 ratio, heat and serve, being a sugar based product, it fully dissolves when heated and doesn’t leave any residue or powdery aftertaste. The syrup comes in a similar slimline bottle as the dessert syrups do but at 200ml.
“Although the mulling syrup is predominantly aimed at the Christmas/Winter market to provide that much needed ‘warm’ feeling during those long cold nights, the product also has a number of different uses for other times of the year. For example, a small amount of the syrup drizzled over a good quality vanilla ice cream produces a truly wonderful result. Other uses include adding a small amount of the syrup to fresh fruit, especially pears, or even adding some to the Sunday roast gravy to enhance the overall flavour of the meal. It is also particularly good brushed over cocktail/barbeque sausages.”
We added our syrup to the red wine adding segments of oranges to it, the drink went down really well and gave me that warming feeling. I also added a tsp into my coffee instead of sugar which gave it the delicious taste of the mulling herbs and spices but without the alcohol content.
The syrups are very versatile and can be added to any sweet and savoury dishes to enhance the flavours, we even added the Mulling syrup to our gravy and poured it over our Sunday dinner. The syrups would make lovely gifts especially as Christmas is just around the corner or even just as a little gift to your kitchen cupboards
The syrups are available online at Selsey Foods costing £5.00 for a desert syrup and £3.50 for the mulling syrup.
We was provided with some bottles of syrup for the purpose of this review.