PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 October, 2011, 12:00am


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Bonne Maman Bitter Orange Marmalade

This marmalade is as French as the name and the iconic gingham lid suggest. As the moniker promises, it has a lingering bitterness, but aside from a little tannic tang and acidity, other elements seem to be missing, especially the bright juicy flavours of the fruit. This is a soft and easily spreadable jelly with thin strips of peel, made using all natural, non-genetically modified ingredients.

HK$37.90, ParknShop, citywide

Robertson's Golden Shred Orange Marmalade

With little more than sweetness, Robertson's is a sugar fiend's delight. This hard, crystal clear jelly has only a tiny amount of orange peel and lacks the depth, bite and bitterness many associate with a good marmalade. However, perhaps due to its price, it's one of the most popular spreads on breakfast tables, apparently including the British monarchy, as Robertson's has held a royal warrant since 1933.

HK$21.90, Wellcome, citywide

La Jalancina Mermelada de Naranja Amarga

This bitter orange marmalade has a fruit content of 50 per cent and is made with fructose, making it taste and look like jellified orange juice with specks of fruit. It comes from Jalance in Spain, about 40 kilometres inland from Valencia. It is made in a mostly manual process, resulting in a conserve that tastes rich and sharp, but perhaps a little too close to a fluid, making it difficult to keep your toast from going soggy.

HK$44, City'super, citywide

Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Orange

This translucent, caramel-coloured marmalade packed with orange peel the thickness of matchsticks isn't the most spreadable, but it's a great excuse for citrus lovers to pile it on. It has great texture and is packed with orange flavour. The setting process means most of the peel is in the top half of the jar. It's one of the most expensive marmalades on the market but, for orange lovers, it's worth every cent.

HK$51.70, Great, Two Pacific Place, Queensway, Admiralty

Waitrose Organic Seville Orange Thick Cut Marmalade

This British supermarket's own label offers a certified organic classic conserve made with Seville oranges. Peel is scattered in the spread, but isn't as chunky as one expects from the 'thick cut' description. Slightly bitter, with sugar, citric acid and oranges and no artificial colours or flavourings, this does a decent job of capturing the flavours, and is a passable everyday spread, especially for the price.

HK$30.90, ParknShop, citywide