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October 11, 2022 4 min read

In recent years, pepper jelly has gone from a little-known but much-beloved food popular in small pockets throughout the United States to one of the hottest culinary trends in the world. And when I say “hot,” I’m not just referring to its spicy ingredients.

With its unique balance of fiery heat and subtle sweetness, pepper jelly is a taste sensation unlike any other. Here at the Jones family household, we use it in everything. We serve it on toast or in omelets at breakfast. We spread it on sandwiches at lunch. We use it as a glaze for meats and veggies, and as an ingredient in soups and sauces at dinner. We even bake it into cookies and other sugary confections for dessert.

If you’re new to pepper jelly and want to try your own hand at cooking with this versatile condiment, you may be wondering how to find the best pepper jelly brand for you. We here at Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly may be a little biased, because we definitely thinkours is the best pepper jelly brand around.

In any case, we put together this helpful guide to the most important things to consider when choosing the right pepper jelly for you. When you’re done reading, put your new knowledge to use in our online shop by picking yourself up a sweet ‘n’ spicy treat!

Overhead view of an open jar of pepper jelly, with a small spoon resting on the rim

4 Things to Look for When Choosing the Best Pepper Jelly Brand

What separates a good pepper jelly from a bad one, and what separates a great one from a good one? Most important, what separates the best hot pepper jelly brands from the rest of the pack?

If you want to know what I think, there are four key hurdles a brand needs to overcome before it has the right to call itself the “best.” Let’s take a look…

A Traditional Family Recipe

One of the great things about pepper jelly is that it’s such a unique item that many big corporate brands haven’t started selling their own generic, watered-down versions. At least not yet. Part of the appeal of pepper jelly is knowing that you’re getting something homemade, something prepared not as a “product” but as an expression of love and family tradition.

No one takes family tradition more seriously than the Jones family. We started this business with little more than a few empty mason jars, a crop of red bell peppers, and a box full of our Grandma Jones’ recipes. We like to think that we’ve done Grandma Jones proud by taking her generations-old specialty and turning it into the best red pepper jelly brand around.

Different Levels of Spiciness

When you hear the word “pepper,” where does your mind go? Chances are you, you’re thinking HEAT. If you’re a hardcore chili-head, that’s a good thing. If you’re not, you might be intimidated by the possibility of trying a brand of pepper jelly only to find that it’s too spicy for your tongue to handle.

That’s why it’s good to find a brand that offers jellies made with different types of peppers at different spice levels. Here at Grandma Jones, we offer versions made with mild peppers, medium jalapeno peppers, smoky chipotles, and scorching hot habaneros. We don’t just want to be the best hot pepper jelly brand; we also strive to be the best brand of mild and medium pepper jelly, too.

A Variety of Unique Flavors

Speaking of variety, that’s something that matters a lot, not just in terms of spiciness but also in terms of flavor. The best pepper jelly brand is the one whose recipe and ingredients are fresh and flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of tastes. A good brand should have a number of unique varieties to fit any occasion.

Like I said earlier, everyone in the Jones family values tradition. That’s why we’re proud to offer the classic, old-fashioned Traditional Pepper Jelly as our flagship item. But we also like experimenting with new ideas. That’s how we came up with such delectable variations as our light and tropical Caribbean Mango Pepper Jelly, our sweet and smoky Southwestern Chipotle Pepper Jelly, and our tart and extra-spicy Cranberry Habanero Pepper Jelly.


Jars of Pepper Jelly carefully stacked in a pyramid formation

Convenient Ordering Options

The best hot pepper jelly brand in the world is no good to anyone if they can’t get their hands on a jar. That’s why, when choosing the right pepper jelly for you, it’s a good idea to consider how easy it is to obtain, how much it costs, and if it can be shipped to your location easily.

Here at Grandma Jones, customer convenience is always among our top priorities. That’s why, in addition to selling our products at an affordable price and offering super-fast worldwide shipping, we’ve made it so you can buy Pepper Pelly not only in individual jars but also in special Pepper Jelly two-packsthree-packs, and even mix-n-match variety packs. These make for a great way to sample several of our unique flavors, and they also serve as awesome gifts for the chili-heads in your life.


Settle for Nothing Less Than the Very Best Pepper Jelly Brand

If you’ve been ticking the boxes as we’ve gone down this checklist of must-have pepper jelly essentials, you may have noticed that Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jelly meets every last one of the criteria. That’s no accident.

When we started selling our Pepper Jelly, we made it our goal to be the very best pepper jelly brand that we could be. We’re always pushing ourselves to do better, and we trust that you’ll taste the difference when you twist open a jar of one of our many delicious varieties.

Order some for yourself and see why Grandma Jones is the best pepper jelly brand today!