The Best Jams

Which won us over and which were toast? We tasted 174 different jellies, marmalades, and preserves to find out.

1

Best Apricot

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D'Arbo All Natural Rose Apricot Fruit Spread
Made with only apricots, sugar, lemon juice, and fruit pectin (a thickener), this puree tastes exactly like fresh apricots—so you can enjoy this fleeting fruit all year long, not just during its short season.

To buy: $4.50 for 16 oz.; at grocery stores.

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2

Best Grape Jelly

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Smucker’s Natural Concord Grape Fruit Spread
Sometimes classic is best; that’s certainly the case when it comes to grape jelly. Tasters preferred this one's familiar, robust grape flavor. Nothing beats its smooth texture in a PB&J.

To buy: $3 for 17.25 oz.; at grocery stores.

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3

Best Blackberry Jam

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American Spoon Fruit Perfect Blackberries
This category ran the gamut from chunky to syrupy. With a texture like the inside of a cobbler, this not-too-sweet option fell somewhere in the middle—just right.

To buy: $12 for 14 oz.; spoon.com.

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4

Best Strawberry Jam

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Crofter’s Strawberry Premium Spread
So fresh-tasting that it reminded us of homemade stewed strawberries, this champ had the perfect balance of fruit flavor and sugar. Others tasted bitter, as if they’d been cooked too long.

To buy: $5 for 10 oz.; at Whole Foods Markets.

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5

Best Raspberry Jam

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Red Jacket Raspberry Jam
Tasters loved this pick for its punchy berry flavor (just enough tartness) and some—but not too many—seeds. Spread it on an English muffin in the morning to wake up your taste buds.

To buy: $4 for 8 oz.; at grocery stores.

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6

Best Marmalade

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Sarabeth’s Blood Orange Marmalade
Unlike contenders that tasted stale or one-note, this bright showstopper combines blood oranges, dried apricots, and pineapple for tons of juicy flavor.

To buy: $9 for 18 oz.; at grocery stores.
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7

Best Fig Spread

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Ficoco Fig & Cocoa Spread
Ideal for a cheese board or hostess gift, this sleek jar is filled with intense, creamy dark chocolate mixed with sweet pureed figs. Try swirling it into yogurt or dolloping it on vanilla ice cream.

To buy: $7 for 9 oz.; at grocery stores.

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