Since there is a large amount of people wanting to avoid artificial sweeteners while still enjoying reduced-calorie version of their favorites, Smucker's has also released a line low-sugar jellies, touting half of the calories of the regular version. Could this be the best option, balancing the yin of fruit with the yang of calories?
I decided to try Smucker's Low Sugar Strawberry Jelly first. I was happy to spoon out a jelly with recognizable seeds, fruit chunks, and a thick, but not overly gelatinized texture. It spread smoothly on my toast, and one taste told me that I had found what I was looking for. The jelly was sweet, with a bit of tartness, and tasted just like pureed strawberries should. The Grape Jelly (which doesn't contain any fruit pieces, and is made only from juice) told a similar story - real, honest fruit flavor with real, honest texture.
One serving (1 tbsp) of Smucker's Low Sugar Strawberry and Grape Jelly provides 25 calories from 6 grams of carbohydrates, which includes 5 sugar - no fat or sodium. The ingredients are strawberries (or grape juice), sugar, water, pectin, locust bean gum, citric acid, potassium sorbate, calcium chloride, and red 40 (the grape has no dye) (more details at their website).
It's a shame to see that although these jellies are artificial-sweetener free, they're not artificial color or preservative free. A 16-oz jar cost me $1.79, which works out to about 40% cheaper than the sugar-free line. While the flavor selection is far more limited than the regular or sugar-free versions, these will be my go-to jellies from now on.