Golden Syrup fans learn truth about family favourite’s lion logo – and it blows their mind

INTERNET users have been left traumatised after learning the dark truth about Lyle’s Golden Syrup.

The family favourite – which is Britain’s oldest brand – has had a yellow lion on its tin since 1881.

The family favourite – which is Britain’s oldest brand – has had a yellow lion on its tin since 1881

Posting on /r/CasualUK, Reddit user jshjspr wrote: “Did anyone else know that the logo on Lyle’s Golden Syrup is an image of a lion carcass being used by bees to make honey?”

One user joked: “This is the most depressing thing I’ve learnt since I found out that the little piggy who went to market was not going on a shopping trip.”

Another added that they thought the lion was “just sleeping”.

The logo is actually a reference to an obscure bible verse – as founder Abram Lyle was a very religious man.

But Reddit users were shocked to learn that the lion is dead
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The passage tells how biblical strongman Samson killed a lion wtih his bare hands – and later saw a swarm of bees swarming around the carcass

He took honey from the hive and fed it to his parents, without telling them where he got it from.

He says: “Out of the eater, something to eat; out of the strong, something sweet” in answer to questions from pals about the honey.

A version of the riddle called “Out of the strong came forth sweetness” was chosen as the company’s slogan – and has stayed on the tins ever since.

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