Ghetto Gastro x Fly By Jing Collab Promises to “Light Your Sweet Tooth on Fire”

The limited-edition Spicy Sovereign Syrup is a spicy-tingly blend of maple, apple cider and sorghum syrup.

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July 14, 2022

Photo by: Photo courtesy of Ghetto Gastro, Fly By Jing

Photo courtesy of Ghetto Gastro, Fly By Jing

Who says breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snacks or cocktail hour) has to be bland? Cult favorite brands Ghetto Gastro and Fly By Jing have collaborated on a premium syrup that promises to spice up anything you decide to pour it on (or in).

In what sounds like a match made in sweet-and-hot heaven, Bronx-based culinary collective Ghetto Gastro has teamed up with L.A.-based and Chengdu, China-crafted pantry brand Fly By Jing to imbue its recently launched Sovereign Syrup Sorghum — a blend of New York maple syrup, apple cider syrup made from New York apples and sorghum syrup — with the spicy touch of Fly By Jing’s popular Sichuan Chili Crisp, made with erjingtiao chilis and tribute peppers.

The result of the collab, Spicy Sovereign Syrup, which is available for $25 on both the Ghetto Gastro and the Fly By Jing websites, promises to “light your sweet tooth on fire” with a “tingly hot, better-for-you” drizzle that can be used on vegetables, proteins and baked goods or in coffee drinks, cocktails and other beverages.

“Representative of the Global South, the latest twist on our all-natural syrup fuses Chengdu’s explosive fire flavors and a delicate touch of our good-on-everything sweetness,” boasts the Ghetto Gastro product page, which encourages customers to “drop [the syrup] like it’s hot” on a variety of foods and drinks.

The Ghetto Gastro team says it selected the name Sovereign Syrup “in respect to our ancestors and their reverence for the land,” adding, “Sovereign also speaks to your choice. What you bring into your home and put in your body reflects what matters to you.”

Fly By Jing founder and CEO Jing Gao says she and Ghetto Gastro cofounder (with Pierre Serrao and Lester Walker) Jon Gray have been pals “for a minute” and so when she heard the collective was getting into the consumer packaged goods business, she knew “we had to create something fire together.”

Jing says her company and Ghetto Gastro share “the same detail-oriented, culture-forward thinking” and that she’s excited for people to try their “thoughtfully sourced,” “out of this world”-tasting spicy syrup.

Note: Food Network recipe developer Amanda Neal recently recommended Fly By Jing’s flavorful, fiery chili crisp as a good substitute for Sriracha during the shortage. Spicy Sovereign Syrup is also being offered only in limited quantities — so those who want to try it, should definitely get it while it’s hot.

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