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Fontana Syrups are essential Starbucks syrups with a different brand, keeping the Starbucks experience distinct from home. While available in the U.S., there aren’t many options for buying the syrups in Canada, and most people will tend to gravitate towards Torani or Monin, both of whom make a comparable product.
Fontana’s Flavouring Syrups are used to add flavours to coffees and lattes. With flavours ranging from Vanilla to Hazelnut and Cinnamon, there’s an option for just about everyone. In addition to the standard flavours, Fontana has a small line of sugar-free syrups that taste identical, without the calories. All the syrups come in 1-Liter (1000 mL) bottles, and there are pumps specifically designed for compatibility with the bottles of that size. Regular pumps used in other syrups won’t work either due to the neck size on the bottle, or the fact that they won’t reach the bottom and will leave syrup that can’t be used. Pour spouts are not recommended, as air will cause the flavour to degrade quicker.
Where syrups really shine over flavoured coffee is in their ability to flavour a single beverage, instead of forcing you to buy an entire pound of a single flavour. With syrups, you can buy a pound of premium roasted coffee and add Vanilla flavouring to only the drinks you want, without forcing everyone else in your household to drink Vanilla-flavoured coffee. Those who enjoy Vanilla can use that syrup, those who enjoy Cinnamon can use the other syrup, and everybody is happy.
FONTANA SYRUP INGREDIENTS
The ingredients in each of the Fontana syrups vary, based on which syrup you’re looking for. For example:
- Toffee Nut Syrup: SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, SALT, PRESERVATIVE: SODIUM BENZOATE, CITRIC ACID.
- Caramel Syrup: SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, PRESERVATIVE: POTASSIUM SORBATE, CITRIC ACID, COLOR: CARAMEL.
- Vanilla Syrup: SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVORS, PRESERVATIVE: POTASSIM SORBATE, CITRIC ACID, COLOR: CARAMEL.
- Raspberry Syrup: SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, COLORS: CARAMEL AND RED #40 , PRESERVATIVES: POTASSIUM SORBATE AND SODIUM BENZOATE , CITRIC ACID.
- Hazelnut Syrup: SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, PRESERVATIVE: POTASSIUM SORBATE .CITRIC ACID.
- Peppermint Syrup: SUGAR, WATER, NATURAL FLAVOURS, PRESERVATIVE: SODIUM BENZOATE, CITRIC ACID.
Fontana Syrups generally contain anywhere from 18-22 grams of sugar per 1-fl-oz serving (30 mL). This is roughly the same as any other brand of syrup on the market. The exception to this is their line of sugar-free syrups, which include:
- Sugar Free Vanilla: WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, MALTODEXTRIN, CELLULOSE GUM, CITRIC ACID, SUCRALOSE, PRESERVATIVE: SODIUM BENZOATE, COLOR: CARAMEL.
- Sugar Free Caramel: WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CELLULOSE GUM, CITRIC ACID, SUCRALOSE, PRESERVATIVE: SODIUM BENZOATE, COLOR: CARAMEL
- Sugar Free Cinnamon Syrup: WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, CELLULOSE GUM, CITRIC ACID, SUCRALOSE, PRESERVATIVE: SODIUM BENZOATE, COLOR: CARAMEL
- Sugar Free Hazelnut Syrup: WATER, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, MALTODEXTRIN, CELLULOSE GUM, CITRIC ACID, SUCRALOSE, PRESERVATIVE: SODIUM BENZOATE.
There are a couple of choices for thicker sauces, which can be used as toppings instead of blended into drinks and desserts. Toppings are typically added to mochas and cappuccinos where they flavour is complimentary to the drink, instead of blended into the drink. Drizzling a bit of sauce on top of whipped cream is a little bit of heaven that you can enjoy at home now as well as out at cafes.
All syrups and sauces come in plastic containers that are recyclable in Canada and the U.S.
The syrups don’t need to be stored in the fridge once opened, but it is recommended that a cap is left on the bottle if a pump isn’t being used to prevent air from freely entering the bottle. Both the regular syrups and the sugar-free syrups contain preservatives that keep the flavours spoiling.
Syrups typically come with “Best Before” dates as opposed to “Expiry” dates. For more information on the difference, see: http://buycoffeecanada.com/best-before-vs-expiry-dates
Sauces vary depending on whether they contain dairy or not, with some requiring refrigeration and others being OK left out for some time. Typically sauces should be consumed within 4-6 weeks of opening for optimal taste. Make sure to follow manufacturer recommendations on the bottle.