The right orange marmalade can make the hurried breakfasts of back-to-school season a bit brighter. We tasted three available locally, looking for the right texture - not too stiff, not too goopy - and lots of orange peel.
Best Bite and Best Bargain
20 ounces for $4.99
This local marmalade was our unanimous favorite for its balance of citrus and sweetness and generous amount of orange peel. The price was right, too.
James Keiller & Son:
Dundee Orange Marmalade:
16 ounces for $8.49
This marmalade is named for an 18th-century Scottish importer who came into a windfall of bitter Seville oranges from a Spanish ship that took shelter in a nearby port. The marmalade was darker and more tart than most. It had good orange flavor, but we found it too stiff and heavy.
Bonne Maman Orange Marmalade:
13 ounces for $4.89
This popular brand with the red-and-white lid had decent flavor, but was too soft for us - more like orange jelly. It was a little messier to eat on our biscuits than the other marmalades, and some found it a little too sweet.