“ Brand: Frank Cooper's / Type: Marmalades „
I really love marmalade in all its varieties and flavours on toast and even in sandwiches. But one of my absolute favourites has to be Frank Cooper's Vintage Oxford Marmalade.
This marmalade has an appearance of class about it with a seal on its jar proclaiming that Cooper's are makers and purveyors of superior preserves who were established in 1874 and a "by appointment to Her Majesty" seal. This is also James Bond's marmalade of choice in "From Russia With Love" (although that is not is not advertised on the jar. However appearance does not mean that this carries a high class price tag, a jar costs around £1.70 and can often be found on offer for as little as £1.
This is a dark marmalade, when you open the jar you are greeted by a strong scent of bitter oranges. In my opinion this marmalade is best enjoyed on thick slices of hot toast. The marmalade is fairly thick in consistentency. When you spread it on your toast there is a liberal helping of thick cut dark peel.
The marmalade is quite bitter in taste and very orangey, you are left with a sweet and sticky after taste - an ideal accompaniment to a breakfast coffee.
You are advised to keep the jar in the fridge once opened however I keep it in a cool cupboard with no ill effects (although it isn't open for long!)
There are no nutritional warnings on the jar and the ingredients consist of fruit, sugars, pectin, a caramel colouring (non specific) and citric acid.
I don't think this marmalade would appeal to everyone as its flavour is much more bitter than conventional orange marmalades, howeer for those who want something a bit more mature this is ideal.