“ Type: Marmalades „
Hartley's Jam is advertised as the UK's favorite jam, and it is certainly my favorite! I have tried several brands but always come back to Hartley's.
At around £1.50 a jar, it is a mid range jam, but I have not found any better tasting jams, even premium brands so it is definitely worth this. It can often be seen on special offer in supermarkets, so I stock up, as it has a best before date of around a year so it can be stored with the tins in the cupboard for a while.
The jar weight of 454g shows how lovely and dense this jam is, and it goes a lot further than other brands. It is packed with fruit and is sweet but not too sweet, so is great when you are craving chocolate but are trying to eat healthily. I love the flavour of the strawberry jam, although there are also several other flavours such as blueberry and blackcurrant.
The no bits versions of Hartley's are great for using in baking, for jam tarts, and between the layers of a victoria sandwich etc. It is great for children who are fussy about lumps in the normal version, or anyone who fancies a change. I also love adding a spoon of jam into semolina or rice pudding to add some flavour.
Once opened, the jar must be stored in the fridge and eaten in a short time, or it will begin to go mouldy. As a child I remember scooping the mould off the top and eating the jam underneath and it never did me any harm, though I'm not sure that is recommended!!
Of course there are always jam sandwiches to make with this jam, and they are great at any time of day or night! Everyone of any age loves Hartley's jam!
I award this jam 5/5* as I cant find any problems with it, except I eat it too fast!!
It appears the recipe has been changed for cheaper sugars and ingredients. Didn't realize until after I bought it. Thought looked bit odd, like a thick syrup but when i tasted it the revolting glucosy cheap taste was there. Didn't need to look at ingredients. Yuk.Now it's no better thean the value much you can get.It seems tis not exclusive to Hartleys as other makes are catching on to the obvious ploy to make money with cheaper ingredients.Did they REALLY think we wouldn't notice???I would rather pay EXTRA for something that TASTED like jam!!Should not be allowed to be labelled as JAM because it ISN'T anymore
Everyone who knows me will agree that I am a terrible cook. Luckily my other half is a fantastic cook, he enjoys cooking and prepares most meals in the household, however, on Wednesdays, my day off, I normally have a go at something culinary, more often than not it ends in disaster. This week my son has put in a special request for jam tarts knowing full well that, surely, even I can't go wrong with such a simple recipe! I won't bore you with the details but, basically, it went wrong, my pastry was inedible so went in the bin and out came the ready rolled shop bought pastry and, the essential, Hartleys Best Strawberry Jam, then in the oven they went!
HARTLEY'S AND US
Hartley's were a grocers founded in 1871 by Sir William Pickles Hartley, one day a consignment of jam they were waiting for failed to turn up, with orders to fill they had no choice but to make their own, thus Hartley's Jam was born. With such a long pedigree it is hardly a surprise to find that it is a top quality product, in fact their Jam is so successful that each year they sell enough jam to spread over 300 million pieces of toast
We always have some of this in the house, it is a favourite and I love its versatility. It is nostalgic for me, I remember my Mother using Hartley's and it tastes as good now as it did then. There are many varieties but this Strawberry one is our favourite.I like it best spread on hot crusty toast but my son is rather partial to crumpets with his, Mmm, delicious!
SO IS IT REALLY THAT GOOD?
Everything about this jam, to me, screams quality. The award winning, recyclable jar itself is simple, understated but solid, and the Hartley's logo stands out on the shelf, it has an easy to open twist off lid with the usual nutritional information on the back and a simple heart/strawberry shaped label on the front, the minimalistic labelling means you can see exactly what you are getting and how much you have left during use.
On opening the delicious, strawberry aroma hits your nostrils immediately, it is not too sweet or cloying and I think it has a far more 'natural' strawberry smell than some of the cheaper alternatives.Prepared with 45g of fruit per 100g This deep red coloured jam is very thick in consistency with plenty of whole strawberries, there are seeds in this and, whilst they are barely noticeable to myself, if you have dentures then you may experience some problems with this.
Due to its consistency, in my opinion, you really don't need to spread it too thickly at all, it spreads evenly and easily on your hot buttered toast and perfect for sponge cake fillings and tastes - divine! It tastes substantial, sweet but not overly so, the natural taste of strawberries comes though without any sourness that you sometimes get in jams and there is no aftertaste. All told, a fresh, natural strawberry flavour and utterly delicious.
Like most things delicious it is also sinful, there is a high calorie content, typically 244kcal per 100g, and a high sugar content of 61g per 100g - but it is fat free (small consolation). Suitable for vegans and vegetarians but not (obviously) diabetics, however if you have other allergies it would be best to consult the website below for further details.
I won't bore you with all the ingredients but among them you will find: Whole Strawberries, glucose, pectin, sodium citrates, citric acid.
Once open this will keep for up to 6 months in the fridge.
I bought my 340g jar from Tesco express for £1.55, I think that is quite good value, it is slighly less at Sainsbury's at the moment but Tesco was closer and it was raining!
You can use this in so many different ways:
The filling in Cherry Bakewells
Victoria Sponge filling
As an addition to rice puddings, ice creams etc.
Crusty bread topped with banana
And of course Jam tarts, so how did mine turn out? Well apart from the fact that I hadn't realised I was using puff pastry, the first batch were delicious, the second batch are now in the bin, but I blame Ciao as I was writing this and forgot they were in the oven!
For more information and recipes visit the website: www.hartleysfruit.co.uk
In the words of the late, great Bob Marley " I hope you like Jammin' too!"
As my usual self, always bagging the bargains, Hartley's best jam is usually available for around a pound and at Tesco's they are more often than not, 2 for £1.60 or have something like that sort of deal which is great for the family and it means we can always try out the different flavours. The several flavours other than the traditional strawberry include apricot, black cherry, red cherry, damson, bramble, blackcurrant, blackberry, blueberry, gooseberry, pineapple, raspberry and thin cut marmalade although half of these jams are not as widely available and I can say I have only tried four or five of them. I prefer Hartley's jam over other brands because it has a more fruity flavour than others and it has the largest variety of flavours.
However, my favourite is the classic strawberry. I love this jam because it is so versatile and in my family it is one of the essentials. Run out of sandwich fillers, no ham or cheese or tuna for the kids packed lunch? This jam is the perfect solution as it has a great locked in flavour. It's great on toast, a dollop is super in a simple rice pudding or a spoonful in plain yoghurt offers a sweet and fruity tang. The flavour is really fruity and tastes just like real strawberries. Hartley's best is perfect with pancakes and scones. It adds a little extra something to your dessert. I think this is the ideal family necessity because it is so easy to store and keeps for six weeks in the fridge.
I would choose this jam over any others such as supermarket brands despite the small extra cost, because it has a more natural flavour and a great texture too that you won't find in in your Tesco value or Sainsbury's basics jam.
The strawberry jam has around the same amount of sugar and calories as the other varieties at 37kcal per 15g and 8.2g of sugar per 15g. This is quite a lot of sugar but that is what the preserve is mainly made from, fruit and sugar.
Firstly, I'll forego all the obvious Bob Marley style jokes about jam and get straight to the Hart of the matter. (Oh...!) I have been a fan of various Jams/Jellyies, Conserves and Marmalades since I was ye high, and distinctly remember freaking my brother out by having a raspberry jam and mature chedder sandwich in our teens, both of which he can't stand! I'm always on the look out for new or different jams to sample, and have been aware of the Hartley's brand for some years, and currently buy the 'No Bits' line they produce. Deciding on a change of style, I brought the 340g jar of the 'Best' variety to see if it was just as tasty, here are my thoughts on this popular breakfast spread.
--A Premier Hart of Jam--
Jam (and all it's variations) is predominately a mixture of fruit, sugar and water which have been blended together in various ways, most commonly by boiling. In the UK, the definition between types of fruit preserves are made quite clear, although the term Jam in mostly used. In the USA, Jelly is normally used as an umbrella term from the same products, hence their use of the word Jello to describe jelly desserts. This is all cosmetic however, as the basic fruit recipe still consists of the usual ingredients. Many different fruits are widely available as jams or marmalades all over the world, some of the most popular being Strawberry, Raspberry, Cherry, Orange, Lemon, Blackberry and Blueberry.
Hartley's are a British brand name owned by Premier Foods, and were founded by grocer Sir William Pickles Hartley in Lancashire. He started making his own jams in 1871 and they were a huge success. Moving to Liverpool a few years later, he started producing marmalades and in 1886 moved his company, William Hartley & Sons Limited, again to Aintree.Uniquely, here he created Hartleys Village to house all his employees, with all the street names associated with the jam making process, such as Cherry Row and Sugar Street. The products are now made in Histon, Cambridgeshire under the control of the St Albans based Premier Foods, which also own the rights to other well known British brands. These include Bisto, Birds, Homepride, Mr Kipling and Quorn.
--Price and Packaging--
I bought this 340g jar from Tesco for the sum of £1.49, with the 250g jar costing a little less at £1.35. Not a great difference when compared to other premium brands such as Robinsons or Tiptree, but a basic supermarket own-brand will set you back a mere 90p on average for a 454g jar, so you will be paying for the brand and the quality. Value ranges on strawberry jam can start from as little as 35p, but don't expect the same reward on the taste and nutrition levels.
Sold in a thick glass jar and unlike most other typical cylindrical jam jars, there is a curvy trapezoidal or 'pear' shape to it, with a textured base to prevent the jar slipping on most surfaces. There is a strawberry emblazoned heart shaped label on the front with a cheeky winking star character printed above the Hartley's logo. A simple white label with black text on the reverse states all the required information. The safety pop-cap is quite large, seals well with a single twist, and is covered with the white Hartley's logo on an off-gold colour background. The cap and the jar are fully recyclable with common glass and plastics.
--Taste and Texture--
Personally, I have a rather odd sense to texture when it comes to my food. I love the taste of certain fruits and vegetables but for some wierd reason cannot bring myself to chew on a raw Onion or bite into a lovely fresh strawberry. I hate this about myself, and it does cause problems when eating certain foods, so being made aware that this jam has full pieces of fruit inside once I spread it over my toast it was hard to bring myself to tuck in. But tuck in I did.
The first thing that hit me was the incredible strawberry taste, is it very rich in this and certainly becomes prominent ahead of the after-kick of sugar. Taking several bites and by the look of the jam spread over the toast, my fears were confirmed of the amount of whole fruit present. Of course, I understand that many people will adore this in a jam, and wish I could share that view, and I certainly can appreciate it. There is also a vast amount of strawberry flesh contained, and this was good for me as that how I like my fruit, mashed! It has been prepared to the highest of standards, and has no residual sugary bits or strawberry seeds to get stuck in your teeth, just how a strawberry jam should be!
I didn't find it overly sweet compared to jams I have eaten in the past, but it has a nice balance to the flavour, with just the right amount of sugar to compliment the high fruit content. This is confirmed by the fact that it's not massivly sticky either, and doesn't glue itself to your teeth and gums like others can, which is a nice after-effect. The jam also holds together fairly well, whilst not being in a solid jelly form but maintaining a fluidity, and not sloshing about off the knife onto the kitchen worktop once you have scooped some out of the jar.
The aroma from the jar is quite pronounced, underlined with a sugary strawberry tone very reminiscent of a strong strawberry milkshake, but not a smell of freshly picked strawberries. Processing has taken its toll on this, but still a very pleasant and enticing fragrance all the same. When spread on your toast, bread or scone however, the smell becomes almost unnoticeable, and only really makes a re-appearance once you have bitten down into it.
After eating, there is no unpleasent after-taste, and surprisingly my mouth felt quite refreshed and satisfied, if not a tiny bit sticky, but this doesn't hang around for long, and soon the only thing you will be able to taste will be the your compliment food of choice to the jam. I would think this would be a great benefit if used in cakes and tarts, to counterbalance the heavy pastry texture and taste.
--Ingredients and Nutritional Information--
Strawberries, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Sugar,
Gelling Agent: Pectin, Citric Acid
Acidity regulator: Sodium Citrates
Allergy Information: As there is no animal-based gelatine included in the ingredients, this is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Quantity per 100g
Energy - 1037 kj / 244 kcal
Protein - 0.4g
Fat in total - 0.0g
Carbohydrate in total - 60.6g
Free of fat and salt and full of fruit, the health benefits and negative are obvious, taking into account the high sugar levels, which is to be expected in a jam product that doesn't claim to be sugar-free.
We all have different judgements of foodstuffs, and jam is one I think has a split preference. If you like big lumps of fruit, then this is for you. If you like the lovely strong taste of fruit without the lumps, this ALSO could be for you, just pick the whole strawberries out and give to a friend. A rather nice sweet taste combined with a dominant fruity sensation, this is a very nice jam indeed. Maybe a little more expensive than some others on the market, but undoubtedly more tasty I reckon, and will work well with all the usual jam recipes like scones, cakes, pancakes and of course, on top of cereals. Cornflakes are particularly delicious with a good jam added.
Now finally, because I couldn't resist...How does Bob Marley like his doughnuts?...
Thanks For Reading. © Novabug
Also Posted on Ciao.co.uk
I've got to admit that I am a bit of a jam snob. On the odd occasion that I buy a jar of the stuff I spend ages scouring the supermarket shelves and comparing the fruit contents of the various brands before plumping for one of the premium brands. My favourite jam is raspberry and I love a jam with loads of seeds and bits of fruit inside. My daughter is different; she prefers strawberry jam and the less resemblance to real fruit the better. What will the pair of us make of Hartley's Best Strawberry jam?
Jam is a preserve made from both the flesh and juice of fruits. I remember going fruit picking with my grandma who lived in Tayside, which has ideal soft fruit growing weather, and then watching in wonder as she boiled huge vats of sugar and fruit together before placing it into sterilised jars ready for the winter. These days we have fresh fruit shipped to us from all over the world all year round so we do not have the same need to preserve seasonal fruit as they used to but jam is still a staple in many kitchens. Hartley's have been making jam since 1871, their jams a firm favourite on British supermarket shelves.
Hartley's produce several different types of jam including smooth jam with no bits in it, their premium jam is their Best range which has 14 different flavours ranging from the favourite strawberry to more exotic varieties such as pineapple or damson. I bought a 250g jar of the Best strawberry jam from a large Tesco store for £1.35 for a 250g jar.
The Best range of jam comes packaged in an attractive jar which is wider at the bottom than the top. I wonder if using this shape is to make the jar look bigger on the shelf as if it was the same width as other jam jars the height would be tiny as most jam is sold in 454g portions. This is the most expensive of the range of strawberry jams on sale in my local Tesco costing a whopping 54p per 100g. Compare this to the bargain basement Tesco Value strawberry jam which costs a mere 8p per 100g or Hartley's family jam which costs 30p per 100g and I have got to wonder whether it is worth spending the extra money to buy this premium range.
The reason that the Best range of jam is more expensive is that it contains a higher percentage of fruit than many other ranges with 45g of fruit per 100g compared to 35g of fruit in the Hartley's family range. It is not the only jam to have this higher fruit content, Streamline low sugar jams cost 37p per 100g and also have 45% fruit and in health food shops you can buy jams and preserves with an even higher proportion of fruit.
Onto the taste test. Hartley's Best strawberry jam is a nice dark red colour and as soon as you open the jam you can smell the strawberries. It is fairly thick and not too lumpy, you can see loads of little strawberry seeds scattered through the jam.
The jam tastes really nice, far nicer than most strawberry jams with the taste of the fruit coming through loud and clear. It is very sweet but not cloyingly so if you have a small portion although I could not eat a lot of it in a single sitting. It spreads really evenly over bread, toast or crumpets and the seeds add a bit of interest to the texture without getting stuck between my teeth. Overall it is a highly pleasant taste and certainly superior to many other jams on the market.
Jam is never going to be a health food but the good news is that it is fat free. The bad news is that it does not count towards one of your five a day and contains really high levels of sugar. 100g of this jam contains 244 calories with a whopping 60.6g of sugar. To put that into context, a 25g tablespoon of this jam would certainly give a generous topping to two slices of toast and contain 61 calories and 15g of sugar. Spreading jam on your toast instead of butter would give you less calories but the sugar hit would not be healthy.
I do enjoy Hartley's Best strawberry jam and my daughter also loves it but I think it is too expensive for everyday use and the taste difference between this jam and other brands is not wide enough to justify the significantly higher price tag for me. Families who use a lot of jam would certainly notice the costs add up quickly using this jam and could save a lot of money by buying either a stores own label strawberry jam or Hartley's everyday jam. For somebody who does not have a strict budget to stick to and only buys jam as an occasional treat they may not mind paying a bit extra for a bit of luxury but for me the Best range of jam is too expensive to buy very often.
Hartleys Best Strawberry Jam
******* update on another way to use it half way down the review *************
Simply the best.
I was pleasantly surprised to see this newest favourite of my family's on this weeks Product of the Week. I picked this up during my last shop at Tesco because I had heard it was really tasty and thought I'd give it a go. Hartleys are a well know and established manufactor that have produced many conserves over just as many years.
I first brought a 250g jar for £1.35 in Tesco. However, I did the following week; pick up 2 of the 340g jars for £2.50. These 340g jars are normally £1.49 each, so knowing I was baking jam tarts thought the 2 jars would be a bargain.
Hartleys have presented this 'Best Strawberry Jam' in a clear, 'pear'-shaped jar that shows off the fruit-packed conserve inside brilliantly. Just looking at the thick, dark red colour of this jam had my sweet tooth crying out.
The front, strawberry shaped, label was simple but effect without overloading the purchaser with stacks of information and silly puns. The little star winking at you in the corner, I felt, was a bit corny but my little grand-daughter smiled at it. The nutrition information is clearly given, on the back, for those interested in ensuring they are purchasing healthy products.
I will give this at the end of the review simply to inform those who wish to read it but don't feel a review should be a list of what's on the product's label. I would rather give facts and opinions that will help some-one in deciding whether they want to go and purchase the product.
~~~ Ingredients ~~~~
Strawberries (45g of fruit per 100g), glucose, fructose syrup, sugar, geling agent (pectin), citric acid, acidity regulator (sodium citrates).
~~~Appearance & Aroma~~~
When opening the jar that evening I was immediately hit with a warm summery smell of sweet strawberries. It was a very sweet smell but had a little hint of freshness that made me think of that warm season called 'Summer Time' (seems like a very long time ago) so thank you Hartleys for bringing a little summer memory to my kitchen on this dark rainy evening.
As I plunged my knife into the thick dark jam you could feel the blade hitting lumps of fruits immediately. Oh good I thought a strawberry jam that does have chunks of strawberry in. I wasn't disappointed as I pulled a large chunk from the jar to spread across my hot buttery toast.
The jam held its shape well as I guided the knife across to the plate. I was pleased to see it holding its profile, as I have often lost cheaper, less dense jams to the floor or worktop.
Dropping the jam gently onto the toast I noticed how packed it was with chunks of real strawberries. They weren't tiny little pieces that didn't even resemble the fruit but good sized pieces that you could lift up and eat with your fingers (I couldn't resist trying a chunk and it was tasty). The array of colours ranged from soft to vibrant reds that tantalized my eyes as well as my nostrils.
The jam did spread well, however I found I used more jam than normal, but I think this may have been due to the fact I couldn't resist pinching a few bigger pieces of the fruit.
The smell and appearance of this jam on toast was inviting, warm and wonderful a good 10 out of 10 from my family and I.
When biting into the pieces of strawberries my tongue was hit with a sensational mixture of sugar and strawberries. I was pleased the sugar didn't overpower the fruitiness of the berry and there wasn't the artificial taste that you can sometimes get with cheaper brands.
I was also pleased that the strawberries didn't have that soggy washed out taste that can often be present in other brands. The fruit was tasty and delicious - the perfect balance between fruit and jam mixture.
~~~So other ways my family and I use it~~~
* Jam Tarts
This jam is great for making jam tarts as it brings an expensive look to the tarts due to the larger sizes of the strawberry pieces. I did need to cut a few of the larger pieces down to fit into the case. The jam cooked evenly in the tarts and gave them a rich, fruity taste for this tea time treat. Because the jam is nice and thick it was easy for my two year grand daughter to spoon the product into the little cases.
Jam on crumpets I hear you say ! Oh yes, a favourite with my son. He says the jam melts down into the holes very nicely while the fruit pieces stay nicely sitting on the top. I can't really comment because I prefer marmite on my crumpets but he loves it.
Well, what can I say ! A brilliant jam to have on scones. Its thick texture holds very well in shape keeping the jam firmly on top so your fingers don't end up covered in the sticky conserve. Its wonderful strawberry chunks compliment the cream well reminding you of that summer treat - strawberries and cream - a big hit with my mum.
So far several generations of the family pleased by this Best Strawberry Jam - nice one Hartleys, my hostess skills being praised.
Ok last little tip for using this jam;-
Yes in the Sunday roast beef gravy. I was told several months ago, by a chef, to add a teaspoon of jam to the gravy when stirring in the meat juices. I have often used the cheaper brands of jam when doing this but haven't really tasted a difference.
So this Sunday just passed, out came Hartley's Best Strawberry Jam and in went a large spoonful into the gravy. It did give a little boast of fullness to the flavour of the gravy - a bit like a port / sherry type taste. So give it a try you may be surprised.
***** A new new idea with this jam I have recently tried******
I just wanted to up-date this review with a new way of using the jam that worked really well - after the jam idea shared with a friend - he told me about using it to coat a chicken !
God the girls gone mad I hear you say ! It does actually work - by spreading a thin layer under the skin before you start roasting the bird it helps the breast stay moist and gives a sweet taste to the meat.
It reminded me of turkey and cranberry ! So will be trying it on the turkey too :)
************* update over and out *******************
Well I have been impressed with this fruit packed jam and think that the name certainly fits the product. I have used it in several ways as you can see and each time have not been disappointed with the out-come.
Well done Hartleys is simply the best.
~~~As Promised the Nutrition Information~~~
FSA Traffic Lights Labelling
Cal - 244 Kcals
Fat - nil
Sat Fat - N/A
Sugar - N/A
Salt - N/A
Energy kCal 244kcal
Energy kj 1,037KJ
Of which sugars N/A
Of which saturates N/A
I hope this review has been of interest and help to you.
Would I recommend Hartleys Best Strawberry Jam - absolutely
Thanks for reading x hev - also on ciao
I remember the days when bread and jam was a snack in my parents home as they did not have a lot of money, when I was growing up in the early 1960s and lots of families ate this to fill their children's tummies and it did the trick, well it did for me and my brother.
We used to have different brands but this one always sticks in my mind as being one of the best on the market at the time.
It is a very good quality jam and it tastes delicious, and for the price of just £1.29 for a 340g jar, it is excellent value for money.
The glass jar has a nice screw off lid and it is recyclable and the name is clear on the front with a paper wrapper.
Inside as soon as the lid is taken off, you can smell the strawberries and the aroma is gorgeous smelling and the taste is nice and fruity.
Per 100g it contains 244 calories, 0.4g protein, 0.0g fat and 60.6g carbohydrate.
When I make cakes and use the jam in the centre for a sponge cake, the jam is nice and thick and sits nicely on the cake and the jam stays in place for the rest of the sponge to lay nicely on the top perfectly and with cream it tastes absolutely beautiful.
The jam stays on the knife or spoon and unlike some cheaper brands it is not runny and the texture is nice and solid, just as it should be.
It spreads very easily onto bread, crackers and with scones it is just perfect and does not break them as it is nice and smooth.
There are no lumps in this jam and I do recommend it to anyone to try, and for the price and the quality, in my opinion it is well worth every penny.
The cheaper brands are fine too but this one is my favourite and it suits me perfectly and I do not think you will be disappointed.
It can best stored in a cool place.
I give it 5 stars.
Thank you for reading my review.
I really fancied some strawberry jam, cream and scones the other night so I popped to my local newsagents to find Hartleys jam on offer for just £1.
Hartleys jam comes in a glass jar with a silver screw off lid. You can buy it in a few different flavours but I only like strawberry jam. The strawberry hartleys comes with the strawberry heart on the front with Harleys clearly written in the middle Best strawberry jam it also says on the front.
I am well impressed with this jam, it has a considerably thick consistency yet it is smooth to dip your knife into. Although smooth it clings to your knife well and despite it's thickness it's easy to spread too. It smells and tastes extremely fruity, fresh and sweet. It sinks in beautifully when spread on hot toast creating a fruit filled tasty breakfast. It's sweet enough to satisfy me as a dessert spread on a scone for example, and blends in beautifully with cream too. It carries a rich strawberry flavour and scent, it even smells mouthwatering. Spread throughout the jam are small strawberry seeds which blend in well surprisingly, if they didn't it would of put me off the jam as I really like smooth jams and the thought of little lumps floating about and ruining the smooth texture would really put me off. Although, in my opinion, the bits make absolutely no difference to the taste or texture of the jam the look of them can be offputting enough for some people so you can actually purchase Hartley's 'No Bits' jam, with the same great fruity flavour but an even smoother appearance. So if you like proper, strawberry flavoured jam that isn't overly sweet and actually tastes fantastically fruity then this is definitely one to try!
Hartleys really do make the best jam around! Hartleys is a well known trustworthy brand and are more well known for their fruity jelly's!
This strawberry jam is the nicest i have tasted. I have tried cheaper brands, and more expensive but i always come back to this Hartleys jam.
The taste is just perfect, it is very fruity, sweet and smooth. It is not sickly or artifical tasting. It tastes of real strawberries, and i hate it when you get a whole strawberry on your toast, but this jam only has small parts of strawberry in. I dont like it to be completely smooth with no bits, but i dont like huge bits in it either, this jam is the perfect balance. You dont need loads of this jam on your toast for taste, you can really spread it out and still get the fruity taste.
This jam comes in a simple shaped jar, with a lid that is easy to get off and on again, and it keeps the jam nice and fresh. You are suposed to refrigerate this jam once you have opened it, but i dont like my jam really cold, i keep mine just in the cupboard and it is fine! It doesnt go off or taste funny, it is still nice for weeks after you have opened it.
You could have this jam on toast, or just on bread. You can use it on cakes, or make jam tarts! I have made jam tarts with this jam and they are gorgeous!
This jam is available in all supermarkets, usually costing around £1.34 for a 340g jar. It is on offer though 2 jars for £2 in asda at the moment. So i bought the strawberry one, and also the blackcurrant one to try.
It is very high in calories unfortunately this jam with 244 calories per 100g! Thats around 700 calories per jar! But as long as you dont have too much, dont worry about it!
This hartleys jam actually comes in a variety of flavours including apricot, black cherry, strawberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, bramble jelly and raspberry. It is also available seedless or with seeds and also comes in a squeezy bottle, all of which are included in the asda offer.
This jam is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Id deffinately recommend trying this jam whilst on offer, it is gorgeous! Not too sweet or sickly, but a nice fruity taste you cannot beat!
This has got to be the fruitiest jam have ever tasted! And I have tried
others, but none ever compare to this!
Hartleys jam is an old favourite of mine, and with good reason. It is
literally jam packed with fruit and bursting with flavour. I have tried the
other flavours (raspberry and blackcurrant), but I always come back to
strawberry - this one is a lovely red colour that actually looks like
strawberries without looking too synthetic or artificially produced, and
its in the traditional glass jam jar (jam in plastic containers is just
Inside, the jam is smooth and splodgy, with lots of lovely fruity bits that
confirm that this jam is actually made with fruit and not just some plastic
flavouring. I also like that the bits aren't too huge - I hate it when the
bits are massive and mean you get far too much on your bread and its
difficult to spread. This spreads really easily and you never feel like
you've over done it or got too much in one place.
Its £1.97 per jar, which is quite expensive in contrast with some other
brands, but I do feel that I'm getting real fruit jam when I eat it. And
when you smear it on this inside of a Victoria sponge cake you feel like
its something that your gran could have made.
I doubt that you can get jam any nicer in the supermarket!
A jar of jam is always a thing you will find in my fridge and nine times out of ten it will be Hartley`s best strawberry jam, I love it and the grandkids love it.
The grandkids mainly have it on digestive biscuits but they do have the occasional sandwich with it too, for me it is almost always on toast.
Made with 45g of fruit per 100g of jam you really are getting a very authentic and incredibly tasty strawberry jam unlike the cheap jams which are very artificial and not nearly as tasty.
A 340g jar of this costs between £1.09 and £1.28 in the places my wife and I shop although it is often on offer in Tesco for a pound a jar and it's a great buy at that price.
As soon as you open a jar of Hartley`s best strawberry jam you know you are getting quality, the deep red colour and the beautiful aroma of fresh strawberry oozes quality and it tastes every bit as good as it looks and smells.
It is not too sweet like cheap jams and has a genuine strawberry flavour that clearly comes from real fruit and is not made artificially, there are preservatives in this jam but nowhere near as many as the shops own brands or other cheaper versions.
I would recommend this jam to anyone, well as long as you like strawberry any way and it is a jam that can be used on cakes and biscuits because it is not too sweet itself, some cheaper jams I feel cannot be used for this as they are already very sweet and then the cakes or biscuits just become sickly, as with other jams though watch out for the calorie count, 244 calories per 100g in this one!
Hartley's, the famous jam making company have recently introduced a new range of squeezy jams. They are available in a few flavours and this review is for the reduced sugar strawberry one.
The jam comes in a 330g plastic bottle, which costs around £1.32. Gram for gram it is a bit more expensive than the same product available in a glass bottle. The bottle must be stored standing on it's lid in the fridge. Once opened it must be consumed within 6 weeks. The bottle can be recycled widely. The front states that this contains 20% less sugar than the normal Hartley's best. The product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The bottle is see-through, which is handy as it allows you to see how much jam is left. When my mum spotted this on a recent shopping trip she thought it sounded like a great idea. My dad has the annoying habit of leaving crumbs and bits of margarine in the jam bottle we normally use and she was getting fed up of moaning at him so she thought this would solve the problem.
To use give the bottle a little shake, pull back the lid and squeeze onto toast or whatever else you're having. Once you have the required amount spread as normal. Simple really! I do find though that it is best to leave the bottle out for a few minutes before use, as this makes it easier for the jam to squeeze out. Otherwise you will struggle a bit and resort to opening the lid like I did and using a knife to scoop out the jam, which kind of defeats the purpose really! The bottle has one of those clever valves that only open when the bottle is squeezed so it won't leak jam into the lid.
Taste wise it tastes exactly like the normal Hartley's strawberry jam - extremely sweet with a very slight hint of strawberries. Looking at the label further it states that there is 45g of fruit per 100g and the sugar content is 49g per 100g, which seems like quite a lot to me. I'm not a huge fan of Hartley's jams anyway so am not surprised that I didn't think too much of this. I have to admit I'm a bit of a jam snob and usually go for the ones that have a much higher fruit content and less sugar, as I like the tartness of the fruit to come through. I also like my jam with bits in, so turned my nose up a bit at the smoothness of this jam.
I think having jam in a squeezy bottle is a novel idea and a good one at that. It certainly is less messy than using traditional bottles and you don't have the crumbs in jar issue either. I can see it being handy to take when going on a picnic as well and would be excellent when you want a dollop in your rice pudding. For me, it wasn't to my taste and I'll be sticking to my higher fruit jam with bits. The rest of my family quite liked it though so we'll probably buy this again.
I have always had a sweet tooth and as jam is 'reasonable' to eat during breakfast, I frequently do tend to have it, although I know I definitely shouldnt. Its one of those things you know you shouldnt be doing but do it anyway. Each jar of 340g comes packed with 244 calories per 100g, so thats about 829.6 calories per jar! Try not to eat it all yourself! Share!
The packaging of this jam is very easy to recognise that it is jam and also that it is strawberry flavoured. No mistake can be made there surely. A strawberry shaped logo and the words strawberry jam spread over the front. It has a twisty lid which is easy to open and stays air tight when not in use. This jam keeps for 6 weeks and I would say I would even use it at 7... just about! It keeps really well!
On using the jam, I found it to be quite thick, which in jam terms to me, means its good quality to start with. The colour was very red and looked like it was packed with flavour, which for the amount of calories.. you would certainly hope so! The taste of the jam certainly lived up to the calorie count. It was sweet, moreish, juicy and delicious. The jam had tiny tiny pieces of fruit in which was nice as Im sure no-one like huge chunks of fruit pieces in their jam. Having to concentrate to eating can be a chore sometimes. The jam spread really well even though it was thick when you first take some out with your knife. Because it is so flavour-some, you dont need as much and can manage to spare yourself some calories!
I love eating this jam with some nice buttered toast and a nice cuppa tea especially on cold winter days when you just dont want to get up. This jam gives me some motivation.
Overall I like this jam and would definitely buy it again. I found it in my local supermarket for £1.09. Not too bad really. I say try it.. but beware of the calories!
Up until recently I have bought Tesco's own brand jam but when I saw Hartley's Strawberry Jam was cheaper one day because it was on special offer I decided to give it a try. After trying this jam I have now been converted and on my most recent trip to the supermarket I bought Hartley's Strawberry Jam again. We only really use jam for toast, sandwiches and as a filling for cakes but you still want a product that is nice and tasty.
Hartley's have been making jam since 1871 and they are the one brand that springs to mind when you think of jam. They not only make strawberry but also raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, gooseberry and apricot. The best thing about Hartley's Jam is the 'no-bits' I have never seen such a smooth jam that spreads so easily.
I was happy with the taste of Tesco Jam but I had a real problem with the fact I could never spread it, it was basically full of bits. It would get lumpy and unspreadable and no-one wants a jam sandwich full of lumps in, it would often tear the bread or toast when being spread. Hartley's jam is the total opposite, the consistency is perfect and it is so easy to spread. It is this reason I will continue to buy this jam even when it is at full price.
I bought a 454g jar for just 97p and to be honest I am unsure at what it's full price is but I would recommend it what ever the price. The jam is prepared with 35g of fruit per 100g and total sugar content 64g per 100g. Once the jar is opened it should be store in the fridge and used within 6 weeks .
Not only is the 'no bits' aspect of the jam great but it also taste really nice, a fantastic tasting jam and since we've been buying Hartley's my 5 year old son as been asking for jam sandwiches more and more, a sure sign that the jam tastes good.
Hartley's has a long history and knowledge of making jam and this is very evident when spreading and tasting the jam, a lovely smooth jam that tastes really fruity, I love it.
Hartley's have been making jam since 1871. This long history, knowledge and expertise in getting the most out of fruit ensures that Hartley's jams are second to none. Hartley's Family is ideal for people who prefer a smoother jam but who don't want to compromise on taste. Hartley's Family is a high-quality fruity jam with 'no bits', making it perfect for the kids. It can be found in large family sized jars and is available in six flavours (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, gooseberry and apricot).