Jam and Jelly

One source of confusion between Americans and Brits is between Jelly and Jam, and recent EU legislation has only helped add to the confusion.

In very simple terms, what Americans call Jelly – and spread on sandwiches, the stuff that includes pieces of fruit – we Brits call ‘Jam’.

Strawberry Jam at Bob the Brit

To a Brit, ‘Jelly’ is the translucent stuff that Americans call ‘Jell-O’ and is used in children’s’ desserts and trifles.

Jelly - at Bob the Brit

And then, of course, there’s Marmalade, which is peculiarly British. It’s usually made with bitter ‘Seville’ oranges and usually served at breakfast.

Wilkins Marmalade - from Bob the Brit

This particular Marmalade is from Wilkins of Tiptree, about thirty miles to the east of London. Their Victorian factory, surrounded by fruit fields, has an impressive visitor centre and tea rooms, worth a visit if you’re in the area.