Jelly Versus Marmalade

Here is a quick compare between jelly and marmalade, two jelly-based fruit spreads.


Jelly is a clear or translucent fruit spread made from sweetened fruit or vegetable juice. It is produced in a manner similar to that used for jam with the extra step of filtering out the fruit pulp solids after the initial heating. Jelly has a firm, gelatinous texture. Additional pectin may be added for fruits such as grape that lack sufficient pectin to maintain adequate firmness.


Marmalade is a soft spread made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits boiled with sugar and water. Commonly used fruits include lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, and oranges. The final product contains small pieces of citrus rind in a jelly base. The bitterness of the peel offsets the sweetness of the jelly. It is generally not necessary to add commercial pectin to marmalade because citrus fruits are very high in natural pectin.