New Products: Jams & Marmalade With No Added Sugar

Apple & Pomegranate Jam

I’ve been developing products for 6+ years now and I’m proud of each of the products I’ve worked on.

However, this is my proudest development yet.  Not only because it’s mine but also because the products stand for everything that I believe in and a lot of hard work went into processing and ensuring that they see the light of day.

Earlier this year I decided to develop products under the Mzansi Style Cuisine brand…I have been working on this project for a while now and it is an absolute pleasure to present to you the No added Sugar Jams and Marmalade.  They are homemade, no preservatives, no colourants.  Just the way grandma used to make them but without the addition of sugar.

Why Jams?  I love jams.  Growing up, my siblings and I used to slather our bread with thick layers of jam.  However, as one becomes older we tend to gravitate towards a healthier lifestyle and therefore look for healthier options with fewer calories.  From the beginning of the year I’ve been trying to live a healthier and balanced lifestyle.  Having balanced meals, eliminating sugar from my diet and going to gym every time an opportunity presents itself are some of the lifestyle changes I’ve made.  In an effort to cut down on the sugar came this idea to develop jams without sugar.  All jams have been sweetened using apple concentrate.  Let me tell you a bit about the variants:

Grape, Pear & Rooibos Jam

I love grapes,and rooibos tea and together with pears they give an interesting combination of flavour.  Grapes contain flavonoids that are antioxidants which makes them good at delaying the ageing process.  Grapes also contain vitamins A, C, B6 and folate plus minerals which include calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium etc.  Rooibos tea is one of Mzansi’s original products, it’s delicious and it’s packed with antioxidants.  That’s why we love it!

Apple & Pomegranate Jam

You know the old phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” right?  Amongst other benefits, apples are a good source of antioxidants and they improve the regulation of blood sugar.  Pomegranates may be superfruits but they are messy to work with.  At the end of the day their health benefits make it all worth the mess.

Orange & Kiwi Marmalade

I love oranges.  We come back a long way.  My uncle used to own a farm and bring us sacks of oranges whenever they were in season.  The addition of Kiwi Fruit not only adds to the visual appeal but also add to the flavour and nutrient value.   As we all know oranges are good sources of vitamin c.  Kiwis have a high content of fiber which helps prevent colon cancer.

Orange & Kiwi Marmalade

Obviously they are delicious to me and a few friends that have been my panel during the development process.  However, palates and perceptions differ.  So, get yourself a jar for only R30 and form up your own opinion!

I’ve only made a limited amount,  so you better make sure you get your hands on them before they are out of stock!







About Author


Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 3 )

  • Andie

    I definitely want to try one. I want the Grape, Pear and Rooibos one.

    • I’ll be in Cape Town on Friday. Let’s meet then.

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