Tiny. Not marmalade.

The Tiny Marmalade was set up in Exeter by Paloma Hermoso in 2013. Growing out of her love of tiny pots and jars, her new business saw her start to make all sorts of interesting jams and marmalades to fill those tiny glass jars. A quick look through the flavours listed on her website shows a wide range of flavours, from plums and chamomile flowers to apricot and peppermint.

The two that we tried were toffee apple and dragon fruit and raspberries. Both were in tiny pots. Neither were, technically, marmalade.

Tiny Marmalade

My only quibble with these is that they do come in tiny jars. This is fine (you can hardly say that they don’t warn you with the name of the company) however the price we paid for them could easily have bought us a full-sized jar of jam. I have no doubt that the quality of that product would have been far inferior than these little pots, but you are going to be spending a lot of money if you want to spread these on your toast every morning.

And there’s a good chance that you will want to. The toffee apple was really good, with little lumps of apple in a pretty sweet jam. In a way it’s probably good that it only comes in small pots; certainly as far as my blood sugar levels are concerned. Mrs RB and I disagreed about how much dragon fruit we could detect in the dragon fruit and raspberry jam (I am fairly sure I could pick up a good hit of dragon fruit, particularly in the smell) however the slightly unusual thing about this flavour is the consistency of the jam. It is a really gloopy consistency, which is not the normal jam texture I was expecting. Nothing wrong with that, of course, it was just a little unusual.

Tiny potsThe Tiny Marmalade has managed to use the unique selling point (they’re tiny!) to generate a good buzz about these little pots of jam and Paloma was recently featured in Devon Life magazine’s summer special as part of their very own Devon A-Z feature.

With a changing roster of flavours being bubbled and boiled up in her kitchen, depending on what is available each season, there will be lots of tiny pots to try. If you aren’t a Devon local then you can order them from the website. If you’re in the area, then they can be found at all these places. You might just have to look carefully though, they are quite small after all.

One thought on “Tiny. Not marmalade.

  1. After posting this, I had a really nice email from Paloma, giving me some more background behind The Tiny Marmalade.

    One of the ideas behind The Tiny Marmalade, and one that I hadn’t thought of before, is that it gives people the ability to try lots of different flavours and also avoids having lots of half empty jars in the bottom of the fridge.

    They are keen to make sure they look after all of the steps in their production chain and this means using a traditional open pan method, as well as fairtrade and seasonal ingredients. Also, close to my heart, and a key part of the Devon A-Z, their jams are produced locally and with as many local ingredients as possible. I’m happy to stress that I view this as an important consideration when considering whether to opt for the cheapest jam available, or one that takes care of its ingredients and supply chain.

    What I was really pleased to see is that Paloma says that she is really enjoying the whole process and she is finding that there is definitely a market for this kind of product. And don’t forget that there are loads of flavours available, so why not check out the website links above to get some pots for yourself?

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