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The Best Jelly Flavors and How to Use Them

September 27, 2022

Who doesn't love jelly? The sweet and fruity (and sometimes savory) spreadable treat is a favorite for kids and adults alike. We use jelly in breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, appetizers, and more.

What Is Jelly, and How Is It Different Than Jam?

Jelly is made of fruit juice and sugar that is boiled down and then thickened with pectin. Jelly has a smooth, even texture because the fruit pulp is strained out.

Jam, on the other hand, is made with mashed fruit. Jam has a thicker, more uneven texture than jelly because of the pieces of fruit.

Our Favorite Jelly Flavors

There are seemingly countless varieties of jelly to choose from, but we all have our favorites.

Here are some of the jellies we enjoy the most and some of our favorite pairings:

A glass jar of red plum jelly.

Red Plum Jelly

This deep purple jelly has a rich, sweet flavor. It's perfect for breakfast spreads or even as a glaze on meats.

Plum Jelly Pairings

Try plum jelly with biscuits, crackers, or in a tart.

Try Plum Jelly

A glass jar of grape jelly for purchase.

Grape Jelly

Grape jelly is a classic for a reason! Its sweet, grape flavor is perfect for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and the nostalgic taste will take you back to your childhood.

Grape Jelly Pairings

Try grape jelly in a sandwich or in cookies, like a jam or jelly thumbprint cookie. These are especially great around the holidays!

Try Grape Jelly

A glass mug of apple jelly for purchase online

Apple Jelly

Apple jelly has a light, sweet flavor that is perfect for fall. This classic jelly is delicious in both savory and sweet dishes.

Apple Jelly Pairings

Try it on a slice of fresh bread or use it as a topping for pork chops. Apple and pork pair well together, so you have plenty of savory options.

Try Apple Jelly

A glass jar of mint jelly from Louisiana Pantry

Mint Jelly

Mint jelly is light and refreshing. You can often find the beautiful green jelly served with lamb. It may also be spread on toast or used as a garnish for another dish.

Mint Jelly Pairings

Mint jelly is a great option for most lamb recipes and goes well on baked goods, too. You can also serve a dollop on top of ice cream, or you can mix it into plain or vanilla yogurt for a refreshing treat.

Try Mint Jelly 

blackberry jalapeno jelly for purchase online

Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly

Take your jelly to the next level with this unique flavor combination. The sweetness of the blackberries is offset by the spice of the jalapeno for a jelly that is sure to please anyone who loves a little bit of heat.

Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly Pairings

This sweet and spicy blackberry jalapeno jelly is great with cream cheese on everything from crackers to pancakes.

Try Blackberry Jalapeno Jelly

raspberry jalapeno jelly for purchase online

Raspberry Jalapeno Jelly

Raspberry jelly is a fan favorite, and adding in the jalapeno gives it an extra zing. The sweet and spicy flavor is amazing, and you'll want to slather it on bread or try it by the spoonful!

Raspberry Jalapeno Jelly

Raspberry and jalapeno jelly is a delightful option for charcuterie boards, and we’ve also found that raspberry (and jalapeno) pair well with chocolate for an unexpectedly delicious dessert with a little heat.

Try Raspberry Jalapeno Jelly 

Red pepper jelly in a glass jar

Red Pepper Jelly

If you love spicy jelly, red pepper jelly is for you. It's perfect for a number of dishes, from appetizers to main course. The red bell pepper flavor adds the perfect kick.

Red Pepper Jelly Pairings

We've found red pepper jelly is great paired with cream cheese and crackers or spread on a grilled cheese sandwich. It's also a great option for tuna and chicken salads!

Try Red Pepper Jelly

Pecan pepper jelly for sale

Roasted Pecan Pepper Jelly

In this tasty jelly, the rich, natural flavor of the pecans really shines! The sweetness of the pecans and the hint of vanilla is a perfect complement to the peppers.

Pecan Pepper Jelly Pairings

We love pecan pepper jelly in desserts for a slightly spicy surprise. It would also be a great addition to your next cheese board, or you can serve it with roasted vegetables.

Try Pecan Pepper Jelly

A glass jar of fig pepper jelly available for purchase online

Fig Pepper Jelly 

Looking for a unique jelly? This fig pepper jelly pairs sweet figs with roasted peppers for a truly special treat. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg add a touch of warmth to this incredible jelly.

Fig Pepper Jelly Pairings

This jelly is lovely when paired with cheeses: why not try it with your next grilled cheese sandwich? Fig pepper jelly is also great with meats and desserts alike.

Try Fig Pepper Jelly

Jelly from Louisiana Pantry

There are many types of jelly to choose from, each with its own unique flavor. Whether you like your jelly sweet or spicy, there's a flavor out there for you.

We make purchasing jelly online fast and easy. Best of all, shipping is free for orders over $30. Stock up on all your favorite jams and other baking essentials today!

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