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A nice cup of strong coffee and jam on some toasted buttered bread is one of my favourite things. I don't have time for this in the week so I look forward to enjoying it at the weekend. I've always liked jam on my toast and for that reason I always have a jar or two on the go. I've actually worked my way through most of the Bonne Maman range of conserves including the apricot, strawberry, wild blueberry and raspberry flavours. But the Blackcurrant conserve is a strong contender for my favourite. All of the jams/conserves come in a jar with a red and white chequered pattern on the lid, which is a simple yet distinctive design.
I first struggled with the idea of paying the fairly hefty price for a pot of jam as there are so many cheaper jams out there. Bonne Maman at £1.89 for a 370g pot definitely falls into the category of top draw jam. I'm not always a believer of high price equals great taste but with Bonne Maman I strongly believe the jams are worth every penny. I have tried so many jams from basics through to premium brands and nothing tastes as good as Bonne Maman.
For some reason I feel a bit of a pillock saying I enjoy a spot of conserve, I'm far more at home with saying jam, If I'm honest I don't really know if there is much difference between a jam and a conserve. I think it may be to do with the way in which it is cooked. The Blackcurrant conserve has a deep purple colour, just like blackcurrants which is very pleasing on the eye. The consistency is just right for me. It is not set unappetisingly rigid like so many jams, instead it is juicy and moist, yet it does has some hold to it so it doesn't just slip off your toast. It also has a generous allowance of blackcurrants in it, which I find adds to the enjoyment of eating the conserve. The taste compliments the smooth saltiness of the melted butter on my toast, it is sharp but not so sharp that it makes you wince, instead there is just enough sweetness. I think that is why I enjoy this conserve so much, its not just sweet and sickly like so many jams can be (yes I'm talking about you Strawberry) instead it literally tingles my taste buds and wakes me up in the morning. I try and kid myself that I'm actually doing myself some good eating this conserve as blackcurrants are known for their antioxidant properties. I can also vouch that it tastes great spread on a warm scone with some clotted cream or alternatively spread in a vanilla sponge cake with vanilla butter cream. Mmmmmmm.
As with most bought jams this does need putting in the fridge once opened. I once had the misfortune of discovering mouldy jam after the jar had accidentally been left out of the fridge for a good few days.
I would recommend paying the price for this conserve, believe me once you've tried it you'll be happy you did.
I've never been a big fan of jams or conserves in the past - preferring to eat my toast with butter alone - however, that all changed when I discovered 'Bonne Maman's Blackcurrant Conserve' which can be purchased for £1.89 for the 370g jar from Tesco.
The jar itself is simplistic in appearance, and the non-fancy white label, combined with the red-and-white checkered lid, creates a traditional looking breakfast condiment.
Appearance & Taste
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The deep red conserve has an incredibly fruity aroma, and is extremely chunky in consistency. Rather than just using finely blended fruit, as is common in many jams, this Bonne Maman variety has whole juicy blackcurrants which taste really fresh and are ultimately delicious. The overall taste is sweet, but not two sweet, and there is a slight sharpness which helps create a pleasant aftertaste.
What comes across with this particular jam is an overall freshness which is often lacking in the other jams I have tried in the past, and when taken straight from the fridge, this conserve works amazingly well as a contrast to the hot buttered toast which is (potentially) underneath it.
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Here's the part of the review where I normally list the ingredients which make up the product - however, how's this for an ingredient list... 'Cane Sugar, Blackcurrant'... that's it, nothing else added.
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I would give Bonne Maman's Blackcurrant Conserve a very high recommendation, as it is the nicest jam I have ever tasted, and is made with all natural ingredients. I think the price is reasonable considering the quality, and the fact it lasts for a long time, and I will certainly be buying this particular conserve again.