Taste Test: The Best Marmalades

As I have mentioned previously, one of my favourite Christmas breakfasts is freshly made crumpets straight out of the pan with vegan butter and marmalade. In the lead up to Christmas I have been taste testing a few marmalades to find my perfect Christmas crumpet accompaniment .There are a vast number of brilliant and exciting ones out there and I go through phases of gravitating towards fancy flavours like bergamot, champagne or whiskey. At the moment my tastebuds can't get enough of the classic bitter marmalade with one exception which is my current favourite.


Current Favourite: Ajar Of Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate and Gin Marmalade

A Jar Of is a little Dorset based company which makes a selection of really delicious jams, chutneys and preserves. They focus on local produce and everything is made in small batches with high quality ingredients. This pink grapefruit, pomegranate and gin marmalade is a  beautiful blush colour with a fruity, gently bitter flavour and it is definitely what I'll be eating on Christmas morning. The addition of pomegranate makes this marmalade feel extra special and Christmassy and (most importantly) it will pair well with a glass of Prosecco and a cup of coffee. Christmas morning bliss!


Runners up:

Abel & Cole Organic Fine Cut

This is a lovely mellow marmalade and perfect if you are looking for an organic option. Its warm golden colour and mild bitter taste makes it a great all rounder. It is sweet but not too sweet and I ate it every day for a week without getting tired of it.


Wilkin & Sons ‘Tip Tree’ Orange Medium Cut & ‘Tawny’ Orange Thick Cut

Wilkin & Sons have got to be one of the most recognisable brands of marmalade in the UK and are more of an institution than a company. Their marmalades consist of literally two ingredients; sugar & Seville oranges and I find the simplicity of their ingredients list deeply pleasing. Probably the most bitter jars on this list, both the Tawny and Tiptree are rich and satisfying and the summation of a classic marmalade. Wilkin & Sons can be found in most supermarkets which makes getting this marmalade fix is easy.



Thursday Cottage Tip Tree Blood Orange Marmalade

Initially unbeknownst to me Thursday Cottage appears to be an offshoot of Wilkin & Sons but it is quite different from the marmalades discussed above. I would say that this blood orange offering made from Sicilian fruit is the most accessible of the marmalades I tried as it is sweeter and less bitter. It is almost jam like in its flavour as is therefore the perfect halfway house for those not fully committed to the richer taste of a traditional marmalade or those trying to cater to a broad array of guests of various ages.