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Karo Syrup and Table Spoon Suckers

Updated on September 10, 2016
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I am Robert Elias Ballard, married to Pearlie Jane (PJ) for 45 years on November 24, 2017. We live in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

A Little Karo Goes a Long Way

When we were kids and growing up in the cotton mill village of Tuxedo my mom and dad would purchase Karo syrup at the local A&P Grocery Store. During those days (1950's) Karo came in tin buckets and once opened, the can remained in the refrigerator until it was all gone. The little can could be washed and made a great little pail for almost any project that required the use of a small bucket which might hold about a gallon of liquid or feed for the livestock or scratch feed for the chickens.

Although mama didn't make pancakes very often, we made good use of the syrup adding in some of mama's fresh country butter, stirring all of it together until it was creamy and then sopping it up with those hot biscuits right out of mama's wood cook stove. It we had peanut butter, we would also stir in some Karo syrup and it made for some fine eating. Sometimes when I would come home from school I would get one of mama's table spoons and head straight for the refrigerator and the can of Karo..When cold the texture of the syrup was thick would easily stick to the spoon without those tell all dribbles that we had sneaked a Karo sucker from the can in the fridge.

Now I don't remember when I was a baby but I have heard that my mama made my bottles from Pet evaporated milk and sometimes adding a little bit of Karo. syrup I knew there had to be a good reason I loved that Karo so much. Karo syrup is made for corn and nutritionist tell us that corn syrup is not a healthy choice these days but almost everything on the grocery store shelves has corn syrup. Karo is still used by many who bake and there is even Karo that is manufactured just for pancakes and waffles.

Karo no longer comes in those neat little gallon cans and I doubt seriously any of my kids or my grand kids would savor the opportunity to sneak a Karo sucker from the refrigerator as I did as a boy but if I had a can of Karo and saw them sneaking one, I would turn my head and smile knowing that as a boy I did the same thing.

Today we have Mrs Butterworth's syrup in several different variations along with many other brands but I have yet to see anyone try making a syrup sucker with any other than Karo.


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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant once more Fiddleman and thank you for sharing.

      Take care;


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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hi FM: We don't have this over here, it may be golden syrup, black strap or something else entirely.

      You must have had a heck of a fridge!

      I used to add a little gin to my son's milk, it sent him right off to noddyland. But as i had a little at the same time and once hid him in the dresser drawer and went out, my ministrations came to a sudden end. ("Smell his bottle!" and "You bloody bastard!")


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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Maybe that was it, a mean old case of colic and they do say Pet milk is made from contented cows. lol

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      Sunnie Day 5 years ago

      Love this..I remember that they use to add Karo to babies bottles for colic..maybe you were

      My grandpa from Georgia use to eat it on top his toast.

      So many memeories...thank you for sharing Fiddleman,