St. John’s Bread Syrup is produced from the fruit of the St John’s bread tree. This tree is grown in the Mediterranean and has been known since biblical times. St. John the Baptist is said to have survived for several days on the fruits of this tree. Hence the name.

A sweet history

The importance of the St. John's Bread tree, also know as the Carob tree, is also reflected in the fact that the weight of a single seed from this tree was used as a standard measurement. The word carat, which is used to define the weight of diamonds, is based on this weight of approximately 0,2 gram. 

The St John’s bread tree is widely regarded as ideal for reforestation in arid climates and as a shield against wild fires.

We love this tree so much, that the St John’s Bread tree features in our SweetLife Logo. 

Better for you

  • The glycemic index for comparable sweetness is around 20 % lower than sugar and about 15 % lower than honey
  • It has about 15 % fewer calories than sugar and 10 % fewer than honey
  • St John’s bread syrup is a source of nutritional fibre with 5 % fibre by weight as opposed to sugar or honey


  • The syrup is naturally produced from the fruits of the St John’s bread tree
  • It’s vegan (as opposed to honey)

Great taste

  • SweetLife St. John’s Bread Syrup has a truly exquisite taste 
  • It has a comparable sweetness to sugar
  • Thanks to its neutral taste, it can be used much more broadly than sugar syrup or honey like sweetening coffee or tea, desserts, waffles, salad dressings, etc. It can even be used for baking. 

  SweetLife 'Better For You' Recipes with St. John's Bread

Quiche with caramelized vegetables and walnuts
Quiche with caramelized vegetables and walnuts
SweetLife Mojito
SweetLife Mojito
Baked pears with cinnamon and St. John’s Bread Syrup
Baked pears with cinnamon and St. John’s Bread Syrup