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Marmalade Madness

The marmalade competition results are in… Drumroll please!

This week we’ve had the hard task of marmalade tasting following our Community Competition.

The rules were simple… Drop in a sample of your homemade Seville Orange Marmalade to be in with the chance of winning Community points to spend in-store. Each marmalade would then be judged on its texture, colour & taste by our team.

The lucky tasting panel was made up of our Head Butcher, Roy, our Marketing Manager, Rosie, our Store Manager, Lucy, our HR & Office Manager, Laura and our Café Manager, Paul.

A total of 12 marmalades were vying for the top spot. We had various different styles and colours, ranging from dark yellow to dark brown, some firm and others less so.

Almost half of the marmalades were a traditional style of Seville (perfectly sharp!); some were spiked with alcohol (never a bad thing!) and another had a strong kick of cinnamon.

A delicious three fruit marmalade was also entered (Laura’s favourite), which we really enjoyed, but unfortunately didn’t quite hit the brief.

After much deliberation, the winner was decided following a unanimous vote…

The winning marmalade was a vibrant, dark orange and very much a traditional style. The initial taste was lovely & citrusy, before developing tangy & bitter notes – exactly what you’d expect from a Seville marmalade. The texture was firm but smooth, and the rind in sizeable chunks – something we all considered very important.

Congratulations to Charlotte Shattuck from Faversham – you are our winner! We hope you enjoy spending your community points (hopefully on ingredients to make us even more marmalade!).

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