The Best Orange Marmalade for the Englishman in All of Us

The best orange marmalade is bright and sweet. It has strong notes of orange and rind speckled throughout. It elevates any bread, making it feel fancy. It should taste expensive, but it doesn’t need to be expensive. A surprising thing this taste test taught me is that the best orange marmalade is actually pretty affordable!

Whether you’re looking for the perfect thing to top your English muffin or you’re making a Paddington-style marmalade sandwich, we have the best orange marmalade for you. Before reading this list, please be aware that 80% of this will be about Paddington Bear.

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Best Splurge

Wilkin & Sons LTD ‘Tiptree’ Orange Medium Cut Marmalade

Wilkin & Sons ‘Tiptree’ Marmalade is the only fancy marmalade we tried that I enjoyed. The rest tasted like booze and air freshener. This tastes like sweet oranges and has a beautiful spreadable texture. According to this British brand, this marmalade is traditionally made and uses Seville oranges to get its unique flavor. They recommend serving it with mild, hard cheese like gouda or Monterey jack. This is a recommendation I’d happily take. If you’re looking to splurge a little, this is the best orange marmalade to buy. This is the kind of orange marmalade you could gift Paddington on his birthday.

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Best Budget

Great Value Orange Marmalade

It’s absolutely no surprise that this is good because Great Value crushes pantry staples each and every time. This orange marmalade is no different. I loved it. It’s sweet and very tasty. Plus, you get a whopping 18 ounces for less than $3. If you put this in a fancy little service dish, no one would know that it’s a budget marmalade and not a very fancy marmalade you brought back from a trip to the UK to see, I don’t know, Paddington Bear.

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Best Natural

Smucker’s Natural Orange Marmalade

What I love about Smucker’s Natural Orange Marmalade is that it doesn’t taste like a diet version of Smucker’s normal orange marmalade. It tastes a little different, but also extremely good. Plus, it has less sugar than the classic version and you can’t even tell. While I like the taste of the original a smidge better, I would be perfectly happy consuming this any day of the week. This is what I imagine Paddington’s homemade orange marmalade tastes like.

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Best of the Best

Smucker’s Sweet Orange Marmalade

Smucker’s is iconic for a reason. The brand knows fruit spreads, and this orange marmalade is perfect. I have zero notes. It’s sweet and thick and spreadable. My favorite thing is that there’s so much rind in this. It’s like smearing candied oranges on toast. What a treat! If you’re looking for the best orange marmalade, I would absolutely recommend picking up a jar of this. It doesn’t matter if you’re a marmalade novice or Paddington himself.

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Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • I know this was targeted at orange marmalade but it made me miss and then go by Stonewall Kitchen’s Three Citrus Marmalade. Such a powerful punch of citrus. On Country Hearth’s English Muffin Toasting Bread, which is the absolute best for fruit topping.

  • Hi Jordan
    Orange Marmalade was invented in Dundee, Scotland. If you do a bit of research you will find this to be true. Better headline would be either ‘the Brit in all of us’ or ‘the Scot in all of us’. (Not the ‘Scotch’ as this refers to Whisky (note spelling) not people).