Best-Rated Jams & Fruit Spreads

Canstar Blue’s jams and fruit spreads review compares Grandessa (ALDI), Bonne Maman, Beerenberg, Cottee’s, St. Dalfour, IXL, Coles and Woolworths on taste, texture & consistency, range variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Best jam 2022

Most Satisfied Customers | Grandessa (ALDI)

Aussie shoppers rated ALDI’s Grandessa best in Canstar Blue’s jam & fruit spread review, scoring the brand five stars in all categories! These include range variety, taste, texture and consistency, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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ALDI Grandessa rated ‘the jam’ in latest spread ratings

There are few tastier treats than jams and fruit spreads, especially when it comes to foods that are considered ‘acceptable’ for breakfast! From those mini condiments you get in hotels to the big jars you buy from your local supermarket, jams and fruit spreads add a delicious edge to a wide range of foods, whether it’s your morning toast, afternoon scone, or weekend baked cakes. But which brands of jams and fruit spreads offer the best overall bang for your sticky treat buck?

To find out, we again surveyed more than 1,000 Aussie consumers for their feedback and impressions on different jams and fruit spreads they’ve purchased from a supermarket or grocer and consumed in the last three months. Respondents scored brands on taste, consistency, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Brands that met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in the results above.

ALDI’s Grandessa scooped up the top spot in our latest survey, scoring a smooth five-star spread across all categories ─ including overall satisfaction.

Best Jams & Fruit Spreads

Here are the best brands of jams and fruit spreads in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. Grandessa (ALDI)
  2. Bonne Maman
  3. Beerenberg
  4. Cottee’s
  5. Dalfour
  6. IXL
  7. Coles
  8. Woolworths

ALDI’s Grandessa achieved a sweet win after picking up full marks in all categories, including for overall satisfaction. Most other brands ended on four stars overall, except for Coles and Woolworths which ended on three stars each.

Bonne Maman was the only other brand that scored five stars in any research area, namely for taste, consistency and range variety.

Top Jam & Fruit Spread Brand ─ ALDI Grandessa

Grandessa (ALDI)

Grandessa ALDI jam review

Grandessa is ALDI’s signature brand of premium jams and homestyle marmalades, imported from Belgium. Grandessa jam is vegan-friendly, 99% fat-free and contains no artificial preservatives and will only cost you $2.50 for 360g at the checkout (exclusively at ALDI).

  • ALDI Grandessa picked up five-star reviews in all areas, including taste, consistency, packaging, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction.

What is jam?

Jam is made by mixing crushed whole fruit with heated water and sugar (and sometimes pectin and an acid) to create a jelly-like spreadable consistency. Jam is usually made using small fruits, including various berries and grapes, plus larger stone fruits such as apricots, peaches and plums.

While sugar is a common ingredient in jam and other fruit spreads, there are also slight differences between the different types of spread:

  • Jam: contains whole or pureed fruit.
  • Jelly: is made with fruit juice, rather than whole fruit, which has been squeezed from crushed or cooked fruit.
  • Marmalade: preserves made with citrus, including the rind, pulp and inner fruit.
  • Compote: is a simple fruit sauce made with fruit chunks and cooked, to be eaten as a dessert or sauce.

Our latest survey shows strawberry is the most popular flavour of jam among Aussies (48%), followed by raspberry (21%), apricot (10%), plum (6%), blackcurrant (5%) and blueberry (5%). Either way ─ most Aussies aren’t too fussy, with 55% having tried multiple brands of jam while a third (36%) stick to the same brand. But many of those who have a favourite brand still like to experiment with other flavours under the same label (52%).

About the author of this page

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased (from a supermarket or grocer) and consumed jams and/or fruit spreads in the last three months – in this case, 1,026 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

  • Best jam & fruit spread for overall satisfaction: ALDI Grandessa was rated best overall.
  • Best jam & fruit spread for value: Consumers ranked ALDI Grandessa jam & fruit spreads the best bang for buck.
  • Best jam & fruit spread for range variety: Consumers rated Bonne Maman as having the best range of options available.
  • Best jam & fruit spread for taste: ALDI Grandessa proved to have the tastiest jam/fruit spreads.
  • Best jam & fruit spread for texture and consistency: Bonne Maman scored best for texture and consistency.
  • Best jam & fruit spread for packaging design: ALDI Grandessa took the top spot for packaging.

Here are the past winners from our jam & fruit spreads review:

  • 2021: Beerenberg
  • 2020: Bonne Maman
  • 2019: St. Dalfour
  • 2018: Bonne Maman
  • 2017: St. Dalfour
  • 2015: Dick Smith Foods

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