Trader Joe’s Seedless Blackberry Preserves

Trader Joe's Seedless Blackberry Preserves

I don’t know what I was expecting from this product. I think of the blackberry as a sort of raspberry-esque fruit, but perhaps a bit bolder or more robust – and I’m usually a fan of raspberry products. I’ve always liked preserves because they taste like actual fruit. Preserves don’t usually need to be sweetened with too many ingredients to make a biscuit or bread more delicious.

I was sure to enjoy the Trader Joe’s Blackberry Preserves. But not as much as I hoped.

First, the spread does not contain any chunks of fruit. It’s all a very even, gelatinous consistency. It’s almost fake. It almost feels too smooth. Trader Joes also added corn syrup to their ingredients. So it seems as if the blackberry’s natural flavor isn’t quite sweet enough to make good preserves on its own. TJ’s decided it needed some dressing up…and it was still a hair on the bland side in my opinion. Maybe I was too optimistic about the blackberry.

You should remember that plain corn syrup can still be better for the body that high-fructose. High-fructose is a preservative. It is made by adding artificial compounds (which make it sweeter and have those preservative qualities). (I still have 2 and a half glasses of Pepsi, which is chock full of high-fructose corn syrup like all regular sodas, when I go out to eat. I don’t think I’m so health-conscious that I have completely stopped drinking it.

Let’s get back to the point. If you want a truly natural jam or jelly then you should look for something that has “100% all fruit spread.” Not all preserves are created equal.

The preserves were served with butter. Food for LifeBrown rice bread is available at TJ’s but not a TJ’s brand product. Food for Life makes great millet bread for gluten-intolerant people. Ezekiel 4:9 bread, inspired by a recipe in the Bible. We’re fans.

The preserves were good enough for toast but not as great as other TJ’s products. It is a 3 out 5 star product. Sonia enjoyed that it wasn’t too sweet. She loved it more than I did. She was going to give it a 4, but when she found out about the addition of both sugar and corn syrup, she lowered her score to 3.5. Bottom line: 6.5 out of 10.