There are countless jars of jelly and fruit preserves out there, many of which cycle in and out of our fridges regularly. However, one brand of preserves, packaged in its iconic short jar and gingham lids, is a staple favorite nearly everyone’s had the pleasure of tucking into. Bonne Maman, the French company that makes over 23 sweet flavors already, just brought on a new line of spreadable goodness—only this time with less sugar and way more fruit.
Bonne Maman’s latest product, ‘Intense’ Fruit Spreads, comes in three exciting flavors we can’t wait to get our (sticky) fingers on. Inside the jar of the new strawberry, blueberry, and apricot spreads is a smooth texture with actual pieces of fruit. The line is made up of 39 percent less sugar than the cult classics. They’re crafted according to their French traditional recipe of simple, natural ingredients found in any kitchen, like lemon juice and sugar. If we’re talking numbers, the original Bonne Maman jar is 13 oz. of sweet, sweet flavor packed with 50 percent fruit, while the new Intense jars are only 8.2 oz. and 67 percent fruit.
To compare the two’s nutritional panels side by side, we asked Amy Shapiro MS, RD, CDN of Real Nutrition NYC to weigh in. “I think this is an absolutely great alternative to the original since it has 5 fewer grams of sugar, which equals a whole teaspoon per serving! That is a lot, given that I’d recommend no more than 6 tsp. of added sugar daily for my female clients and 9 for my male clients. I also love that there are no artificial flavors or fillers, just more fruit,” she explained. “My recommendation would be to ensure you measure your serving, because it can add up easily.”
One jar of the original apricot jam has a total of 13 grams of sugar per tbsp., while Intense has only 8 grams of sugar per tbsp., and that is something we can all get behind. We see ourselves already gearing up to spread the fruity preserve onto our morning toasts, into plain Greek yogurt, or even mixing it into marinades and dressings. Luckily, both the original and the new line have no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial additives, and no added preservatives, so when you’re topping your PB&J with Granny’s preserves (oh yes, that’s what it translates to), you’ll know just what you’re putting into your body.