Ah, jelly. Is there anything better slathered on a piece of fresh baked bread? Or slipping gracefully into the nooks and crannies of a freshly toasted English muffin? Okay, maybe Jam. It would probably be a tie for me. Which ever you prefer, I am sure you are familiar with grape jelly, strawberry jam, orange marmalade and the likes. The grocery store shelves are lined with them. And then there are the home canning staples of blackberry, blueberry, and sometimes elderberry or current depending on where you live. I have even gone as far as Jalapeno Jelly, which is delicious on cornbread If you have never tried it, I recommend it highly.
The jelly I have assembled here can only be classified as unique. The flavor combinations and the different ingredients make them some of the most unique jelly recipes I have come across on the web. Take a look through and see if any of them strike your fancy.
11 Unusual Jelly Flavors
Corn Cob Jelly – Yes. You read that right. Corn Cob Jelly. I found this recipe over on dailydishrecipes.com.The author says the flavor of this unusual jelly is similar to honey. I can only imagine how good this would be on a fresh homemade biscuit or drizzled over a juicy piece of fried chicken. For years I have been throwing my corn cobs away. Who knew that something so delicious could come from what most would consider trash.
Honeysuckle Jelly I love the smell of honeysuckle blossoms in the spring. The sweet fragrance seems to roll from the trees in a great wave and push straight up your nose. The intoxicating aroma fills your head and you can’t help but be in a better mood. You know after a long hard winter, spring is here. Well, what about tasting spring. Honeysuckle jelly sounds divine in my book.
Apple Earl Grey and Almond Jelly I have had apple jelly. I have never seen a jelly made with tea…or nuts for that matter, Unless you consider Goober Grape a true jelly. This jelly seems to have all of the elegance of a formal breakfast in the English countryside. Tea with a side of tea. I suppose you could experiment with this a bit. Try some green tea or Orange Pekoe. My Wife’s favorite Tea is Earl Grey, so I guess I will be trying this recipe come apple season.
Whiskey Maple Bacon Jam– Now We’re cooking with gas! Take The meat I love and mix it with my favorite drink and spread it on my toast. In my wilder days, I didn’t need an excuse to have whiskey for breakfast. Now that I am older and more “responsible” I have to justify such things. I think they threw the maple in there just to get my wife on board. Thank you thegoldlininggirl.com. It is obvious you know the way to a man’s heart!
Carrot Cake Jelly – I can just taste this now on a cinnamon raisin bagel with cream cheese. Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting is to die for. I think I would want it after I ate a nice big country breakfast with a hot cup of black coffee. It’s the simple things in life that make it worth living.
Lilac Jelly – There are a few jelly recipes on the Unique jelly list that use flowers as a flavoring. The fruit juice in this jelly is actually pear, apple juice or white wine. This lilac jelly sounds like it would be fresh and light. Perhaps spread on a wheat cracker with a sharp cheddar cheese. I am intrigued.
Queen Anne’s Lace Jelly – Here is a jelly I never would have thought of. Queen Anne’s Lace also known as Wild Carrot, Bird’s nest and bishop’s lace depending on the part of the world you live in. I always thought of it as a weed. We had fields and fields of this stuff growing up I never knew it was edible. In fact, the blooms are sometimes deep fried and eaten and the root is edible when the plant is young. Just be careful you aren’t picking poison hemlock if you decide to make this recipe. The two plants look very similar.
Vanilla Rum Plum Jam – During the summer months, You can pick up plums for cheap at almost any supermarket of farmer’s market. Take advantage of the low prices and grab some extra for this recipe. I would love to try this on a roast pork loin sandwich. Or maybe as a side dish to one of our favorite cutting board dinners (meat and cheese on a cutting board. My son called it that when he was three and the name stuck.)
White Wine and Herb Jelly -When in doubt, wine. This jelly would be the perfect compliment to a crusty dinner roll with pasta or spread on a cracker with cheese. (I love crackers and cheese if you couldn’t tell) The sweet and savory combination with the spike of the wine flavor will start your taste buds dancing.
Sweet Onion Jelly – I pack my lunch every day. It is usually a turkey wrap with banana peppers, romaine lettuce and sweet vidalia onion dressing. I love the stuff. My wife gets it from one of her websites. I think this jelly might be a suitable replacement. Throw a little bacon on that thing and Mmmm Mmmm. Lunch!
Dandelion Jelly – I’m not really sure Why I found this recipe for Dandelion Jelly so unusual. Dandelion wine was, after all, the first wine I learned how to make. there is very little difference between wine making and making jelly when you get right down to it. Fruit, sugar, acid, and time. I knew the blossoms were edible, I know the leaves are edible. It just never occurred to try to make jelly. So this spring, before you grab that bottle of weed killer and head out into the yard, Grab a basket first and go pick some flowers.
Now, I’m not too sure about canning some of these. You may be better off just making a small batch and keeping it in the refrigerator if you are unsure. I would think a majority of them would can well in a water bath.
I hope you enjoyed going through some of the more unusual jelly and jam recipes that are out there. If you try any of these, please do me a favor and let me know about it in the comments section below. I would love to hear how things turned out for you. If you have any of your own unusual jelly recipes, feel free to share those here, too.