I'm a big fan of
jams and jellies, although I don't eat them that often since I don't
usually eat breakfast. This means that I have a habit of buying jars of
jelly that end up expiring at the back of a shelf. Recently, however,
I'm making more of an effort to try things soon after I buy them instead
of buying them and then forgetting about them.
latest Trader Joe's jelly/jam/fruit spread I discovered was the recently
launched Organic Mango Fruit Spread, which arrived right at the end of
Mango Madness season at TJ's. I tried this on the Lavash Bread rather
than toast, and I think it's pretty great. Let's start with the texture.
Unlike some jellies/jams/fruit spreads, this one doesn't have a firm,
somewhat-difficult-to-spread consistency. It's not runny, but it's super
easy to spread without any real effort. The fruit spread also has small
chunks of mango throughout, which you can see in the photos below.
As for the flavor, it's definitely super mango-y (as it should be).
There's sugar added to bump up the sweetness, but it doesn't overpower
the flavor of the natural mango flavor, which I find is a problem
sometimes with fruit spreads. Even though this is obviously meant to be
mostly eaten on toast, I think this could actually be pretty versatile.
It could easily be put on ice cream, used as a glaze for chicken or
pork, mixed with cream cheese as a dip, used in a layer cake in place of
icing on the inside, or eaten with TJ's Coconut Pancakes for a tropical
It usually takes me a pretty long
time to get through a whole jar of fruit spread, but if it's still
available when I eventually run out, I'd say I'll definitely add it to
my shopping list again.