Zesty and refreshing, marmalade is the perfect preserve for those who like a topping on their toast but have slightly less of a sweet tooth. A good marmalade is a great thing, similar to a classic jam but with an edge!
Whether Seville orange, apricot, grapefruit or lime and maybe even with a sophisticated dash of whisky, there are so many moreish marmalades available from British, Scottish and even Italian brands. Creating this buying guide and top ten list, we have sought out the most delectable options from Bonne Maman, Waitrose, Tiptree and more.
In this section, we'll look at the various things to ponder when buying a pot of marmalade. We'll go into the different types and flavours, as well as how to decide which option will suit your diet and preferences the best.
It's likely you will have tasted orange marmalade before, but have you ever tried lemon, lime or apricot marmalade?
Orange is the classic fruit as it creates the perfect balance of bitter and sweet – wonderful on toast or to be used in baking – whereas apricot is wonderfully summery and sweet, which can be more appealing to jam lovers.
Lemon and lime (or just lime) marmalade brings the zest and zing and can be less sweet than orange, providing it doesn't contain additives. It can also be used as a fabulous ingredient in cocktails such as the mojito or the North Sea breeze.
Fine cut, medium cut, thick cut (or even coarse cut) is referring to how the fruit's peel is sliced before it is used to create marmalade. Fine cut peel is chopped using a sharp knife or shredded in a zester for super-fine slithers, whereas medium and thick-cut marmalade is made by slicing the fruit peel into sizeable chunks.
Fine cut marmalade has a soft flavour and texture and a smooth finish. Medium and thick cut peel creates a tangy and bitter aftertaste, with the larger chunks in thick cut marmalade creating an exciting texture and bite.
Made from fruit, marmalade is seen as a healthy choice for breakfast or as a baking ingredient, but that's not always the case. Marmalade can contain a lot of sugar, with sugar often being its first ingredient!
As it's hard to avoid, choose a jar with a lower sugar content per 100 g if possible, or one made with unrefined cane sugar. The average shop-bought jar usually contains around 65 g, but you could aim for around the 50 g mark if you're sugar-conscious.
It's equally as important to look for a marmalade made with few ingredients, as it is technically possible to make it with just fruit and sugar. Avoid options with additives, colours or syrups as they are akin to eating sweets for breakfast, and consider looking for marmalade made with organic fruit.
Now you're familiar with the different types of marmalade to choose from, it's time to check out our recommendations. From a classic orange or lime marmalade to a preserve infused with whisky, we have something for everyone.
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||53 g|
|Added Ingredients||Glucose-fructose syrup, water, sugar, concentrated lime juice, gelling agent (pectin), citric acid, concentrated lemon juice, acidity regulator (sodium citrates), lime oil, colours (lutein, copper chlorophyllin), lemon oil|
|Type||Made with whole fruit|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||66.7 g|
|Added Ingredients||Sugar, lemon juice (from concentrate), treacle, gelling agent (fruit pectin), acidity regulator (citric acid), orange oil|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||41 g|
|Added Ingredients||Sugar, gelling agent (pectin), lemon juice concentrate|
|Fruit||Sicilian oranges, sicilian lemons|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||54 g|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||60 g|
|Added Ingredients||Sugar, whisky|
|Fruit||Lemons, grapefruit, Spanish oranges|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||60.4 g|
|Added Ingredients||Sugar, lemon, grapefruit, orange, lemon juice from concentrate, water, citric acid, gelling agent (pectin), acidity regulator (sodium citrate), orange oil, lemon oil|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||59 g|
|Added Ingredients||Sugar, cane sugar, concentrated lemon juice, gelling agent (fruit pectin)|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||67 g|
|Added Ingredients||Sugar, gelling agent (pectin), acidity regulator (sodium citrate)|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||65 g|
|Added Ingredients||Sugar, gelling agent (pectin), acidity regulator (citric acid)|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||67 g|
|Added Ingredients||Unrefined cane sugar, water, fresh lemon juice, coriander seed|
The Cherry Tree
Medium Cut Seville Orange Marmalade
Seville Orange Marmalade Thin Cut
Fine Cut Lime Marmalade By Wilkin & Sons
Bitter Orange Fine Shred Marmalade
Three Fruit Marmalade
Orange Marmalade with Whisky
Tarocco Orange Marmalade
Donautal Apricot Jam
Vintage Orange Marmalade
Lemon & Lime Marmalade
The Perfect Preserve, Made in England With Seville Oranges
A Gorgeous Organic Marmalade
Tangy and Refreshing
Fine-Shred Marmalade From the French Preserve Experts
A Zesty Blend of Lemon, Grapefruit and Spanish Oranges
A Multi-Award-Winning Marmalade With Whisky
Natural, Organic, and Made With Sicilian Oranges
A Gourmet Choice From Vienna
The Best Old-Fashioned Scottish Recipe from Dundee
A Sweet, Nostalgic Classic
|Fruit||Seville oranges||Seville oranges||Limes||Oranges||Lemons, grapefruit, Spanish oranges||Seville oranges||Sicilian oranges, sicilian lemons||Apricots||Seville oranges||Lemons, limes|
|Type||Medium cut||Fine cut||Fine cut||Fine cut||Coarse cut||Medium/thick cut||-||-||Made with whole fruit||Fine cut|
|Sugar Content Per 100 g||67 g||65 g||67 g||59 g||60.4 g||60 g||54 g||41 g||66.7 g||53 g|
|Added Ingredients||Unrefined cane sugar, water, fresh lemon juice, coriander seed||Sugar, gelling agent (pectin), acidity regulator (citric acid)||Sugar, gelling agent (pectin), acidity regulator (sodium citrate)||Sugar, cane sugar, concentrated lemon juice, gelling agent (fruit pectin)||Sugar, lemon, grapefruit, orange, lemon juice from concentrate, water, citric acid, gelling agent (pectin), acidity regulator (sodium citrate), orange oil, lemon oil||Sugar, whisky||Sugar||Sugar, gelling agent (pectin), lemon juice concentrate||Sugar, lemon juice (from concentrate), treacle, gelling agent (fruit pectin), acidity regulator (citric acid), orange oil||Glucose-fructose syrup, water, sugar, concentrated lime juice, gelling agent (pectin), citric acid, concentrated lemon juice, acidity regulator (sodium citrates), lime oil, colours (lutein, copper chlorophyllin), lemon oil|
Fancy trying your hand at marmalade making? As long as you have the necessary equipment and ingredients – and a good recipe like this one from Delia Smith, of course – it's not nearly as difficult as you may think!
There are certain kitchen staples we all need, whether for children's breakfasts, a fully-stocked pantry for guests, or even a sudden craving. If you want to have the right condiments ready regardless of the cuisine, check out our related articles below!
Now we have shown you the most mouth-watering marmalades available online in the UK, we are hoping you're feeling inspired to try something new. With some of these offerings in your kitchen cupboard, you won't be able to wait for breakfast time!
Author: Melanie McPhail
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