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May 26, 2009 07:09 AM

Bonne Maman: the epitome of commercial jams?

Is there anything better out there? I'm thinking "typical" berry flavours, but other interesting noteworthy suggestions are certainly welcome!

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  1. before the Chowhound team moves this away from the Montreal board, have you tried any of the local artisan goods at places like Marche des Saveurs at the JTM?

    1. There is an Italian brand, fairly readily available, called Menz & Gasser, Prima Frutta. It's slightly better than Bonne Maman, IMHO.
      If you go to the G Van Houtte on Laurier (or whaterver they officially call it now) they have a really nice selection of jams, in all price ranges.
      My personal favourite (although disgustingly pricey) is Christine Ferber - it can be found at Fromagerie Atwater, and a few other places around town, but it's around $16/jar...

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      1. re: cherylmtl

        I've just tried the Menz & Gasser Brand and it is truly delicious! I found some at my local Adonis super market and it was really inexpensive compared to Bonne Maman.

      2. Probably your best selection is at Bucharest, on Decarie, FWIW.

        1. Thanks for the suggestions! Whenever I make the trek to JTM (or Atwater) I always pick up some artisan jam. Found some good stuff at Les Douceurs last time. I've tried M&G and did really enjoy it, but haven't been able to find it or anything better than BM at my local supermarkets (PA, IGA, Provigo) in the Atwater area for when I'm too lazy to walk down the hill and need something sweet to smear on top of my Kate's Vermont buttered English muffin:)

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          1. re: mtb

            PA on Fort had M&G this past week, as well as a few other brands. I think they regularly stock it. Bonne Maman was on sale there for $2.99, I believe...

            1. re: cherylmtl

              Really?! Wonder why I've been missing it... Thanks for the good news!

          2. You could also try the St-Dalfour jams (probably not as good as artisanal, but very good commercial stuff, and no sugar added). I'm also crazy about Fortnum & Mason's violet jelly - they have a website specifically for delivery in the U.S. and Canada.

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            1. re: amelie1980

              Chocolats Marius et Fannie have some pretty delicious jams also.

              1. re: maisonbistro

                In terms of commercial products, IGA carries the Swiss brand Hero, which is usually in the organic section for some reason.

                Atlantique carries a wide range of European brands, including several types of Hero preserves that you can't find in IGA.

                There's an elderberry jam available at the JTM - Marche de saveurs that I really love but can't recall the maker.