“ Brand: St Dalfour / Type: Fruit Spread „
This product is called a spread, but for all intents and purposes it is a jam.
Having said that it is a very special "jam"- it has no added sugar and is made from an old French traditional countryside recipe sweetened only with the fruit concentrate of the delicious raspberries. It also contains unsweetened grape juice.
I love not only the rich taste, but also that is is made with all natural ingredients, even the gelling agent is fruit pectin. That together with there being no colourings make the product suitable for vegetarians. I know that last comment may sound odd to non veggies, but I have found red jams with cochineal in, (squashed beetles).
You have to keep it in the fridge after opening and once opened it has to be consumed within four months. But eating 10oz of a delicious jam in a third of a year is not exactly a strain.
It contains 238 calories for 100g, but as that is just over a third of the whole jar- it is a treat you can have from time to time.
I have used it in cooking and it performs very well.
I don't think that I will ever buy a jam with added sugar again- being strongly in favour of the natural way of eating, especially when it tastes this good.
When my mom was first diagnosed with Type Two Diabetes many years ago I helped her to find products with lower sugar values and since she loved jam I had a challenge on my hands for that one! I found a range of spreads made by St Dalfour, which are effectively jams and are available in many different flavours.
I have since been diagnosed with Type Two Diabetes so this product is still as useful now as it was then.
The spread can be found in the supermarket or health food shop and is on the shelf with the jams and marmalades. The supermarkets usually stock flavours such as strawberry, raspberry, thick cut orange, apricot and blackberry which are the ones that I would consider to be the more common flavours of jam. In more specialist shops I have seen raspberry & pomegranate, four fruits, blueberry, orange & ginger, black cherry, blackcurrant and golden peach. So you see there is an extensive range of flavours to be found. When mom was alive she tried quite a few of them as she loved all sorts of flavours of jam and I used to try and find the unusual ones for her. She never did find one that she didn't like!
I did try the thick cut orange flavour in place of marmalade but it didn't taste as good as Golden Shred. I do like marmalade so I'll stick to Golden Shred and just have it occasionally!
This spread isn't cheap when compared to 'ordinary' jam as it is £1.33 for a jar containing 284g but in this case you really do get what you pay for.
So back to the jam shelf in the supermarket - you'll find the St Dalfour spread in tall slim glass jars with a screw top. The one I about to describe to you is the raspberry flavour.
The label on the front of the jar is very smart and classy. It has the words 'St Dalfour France Rhapsodie de Fruit High Fruit Content Spread Raspberry'. There is then a small picture of yummy looking raspberries and the words 'no added sugar' and 'an old French recipe of delicious raspberries sweetened only with fruit juice concentrate'.
So you can see why we chose to try this particular spread initially for mom, but as I describe the taste you'll see why we have carried on using it since!
As I removed the screw top with that satisfying 'pop' that let me know the jar had been sealed and not tampered with, the lovely fragrance of raspberries wafted out.
The spread looked firm which is always a good start - I can't stand runny jam.
The taste of this spread is superb! It tastes of raspberries (you don't say!) and it is sweet enough but not synthetically sweet as some jams are. In fact to me the taste is perfect. The raspberry flavour was always one of mom's favourites.
I admit that I don't eat much jam but I do make a batch of jam tarts when my sister comes to visit as they are her favourite and my mother in law often makes us a sponge cake and I sandwich the two halves together with raspberry jam. In both of these cases this spread is ideal and the texture and taste are both spot on! It also tastes nice in rice pudding and with natural yoghurt.
Now we'll get on to the nutritional information and first a list of what this spread does NOT contain:-
Additives, artificial sweeteners, colours, preservatives or flavours, GM ingredients, gluten, maize and monosodium glutamate. It has no added sugar.
It is suitable for both diabetics and vegetarians.
In fact the only ingredients contained in the spread are raspberries, unsweetened grape juice concentrate, lemon juice and pectin as a gelling agent.
Every 100g of spread contains the following:
Of which sugars 56g
In conclusion I would definitely recommend St Dalfour spreads and not only for us diabetics! The price might be a bit on the high side but the packaging, smell, texture and taste are great so it's well worth it!
St Dalfour All Natural Raspberry Fruit Spread was a new item that worked it's way into our kitchen just recently. If you like jam, but don't want all the sugar of jam, then this is one for you to try. this is especially a good choice for little kids who you don't want eating sugar sandwiches!
This stuff costs £1.36 in Tesco now, though when we bought it two weeks ago it was £1.28! Hmm, beware of price hikes over this one then. Still, I think it represents good value for money anyway given that this is 50% fruit. Yep, 50% raspberries go into making this product.
Those raspberries are then mixed with a gelling agent and a load of grape juice which is what makes this sweet.
This stuff doesn't come out of the jar like jam does, it's much thinner and even a bit sloppy if I'm honest. Don't let that put you off though. Taste wise this stuff is amazing. It doesn't quite cut it as jam, but then it has 65% less sugar than jam does so no surprises there! It's pretty darn close though, and it's actually plenty sweet enough for even my sweet tooth.
The raspberries are really strong in this spread, which you'd expect with this kind of fruit content. They're blended well to leave this with a chunky texture in amongst the soft goo, but no horrible slimey bits. Also, I find that the fruit is really soft and ripe, and I can bite straight through any chunks.
Spreading this stuff is a bit slap-dash because of the thin nature of this spread. This isn't too much of a problem when you're putting in a sandwich, or on a piece of toast though. You just have to make sure you work it out evenly with the knife.
Because this is mostly real fruit, you have to keep it in the fridge and use it within four weeks of opening it. That's not hard to do with a spread this yummy though.
Lots of people love jam on a thick slice of toast, don't they? But most people know that jam isn't the healthiest alternative. Most jams are packed with sugar and additives. This means that whilst they are OK as a treat, having jam for breakfast daily is hardly ideal.
Before you ditch your jam and toast for good, there is an alternative. St Dalfour All Natural Raspberry Fruit Spread is a healthy spread made from pure fruit, with no added sugar. It contains Raspberries, Unsweetened Grape Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice, Gelling Agent (Pectin). This spread on warm wholemeal toast makes a great breakfast for all you jam lovers.
St. Dalfour is a French company but you can find the jam stocked in your local Sainsbury's store. The spread is called 'Rhapsodie de Fruits' and tastes beautiful. It is hard to believe that it isn't packed with sugar as it has a delicious, sweet taste. It is great to eat this, knowing that it's nutritionally as good as it tastes!
I have only tried the Raspberry Fruit Spread but there are many other flavours to try. I can't decide whether to try the orange or apricot next. Or maybe I'll stick to the Raspberry as it really is so delicious.
The grape juice which is added to all the spreads makes them delightfully sweet. They taste great and I'm so glad to have discovered these. I've searched for healthy jam before and found 'Superjam'. This is another brand marketing healthy jams but I don't think they compare in quality and flavour.
Another great point about these jams is that they are suitable for diabetics. Most diabetics have probably given up jam but here is a great tasting spread without the sugar content. Also it is much lower in calories than most jams as it doesn't contain all that sugar.
The glass jars are quite slim and tall which made them stand out amongst all the rows of spreads in the supermarket. The shape of the jar is slightly annoying when trying to use up the last bit of jam at the bottom but the packaging looks nice on the breakfast table when you have guests.
If you want to lose weight and don't want to give up your jam, try St. Dalfour's spreads. A thin layer of this certainly won't ruin your diet and is great for satisfying sugar cravings. Just choose a slice of wholemeal granary bread to accompany this great tasting treat.
This jam retails in Sainsbury's for £1.69 for a 284g jar. This is slightly more expensive than many of the unhealthiest spreads but it lasts a while and it is definitely worth paying that bit extra to get something so much healthier.