Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

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‘Tis the season of giving and holiday cheer. It’s a great time of year to spend some quality time together as a family and do some festive Christmas crafting.

Our mini jars are the perfect size container for you and your children to make your own Christmas snow globe ornaments.

What You Need

4 Bonne Maman mini-jars and lids
4 Christmas trinkets/scenes measuring under 1.5” in height and .75” in diameter
Waterproof super glue, or epoxy
Large Flake Glitter (white)
Distilled water
Glycerin
Twine

How to Make

  1. Collect and sanitize 4 Bonne Maman mini-jars and lids
  2. Put the glue on both the inside of the lid and the bottom of the fake tree. Allow to dry for 1-2 minutes and then press the tree onto the lid. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
  3. Add about 1 teaspoon of glitter into each jar
  4. Fill with distilled water and add 5 drops of glycerin.
  5. Screw the lid onto the jar. Using the same glue, glue a loop of twine to the top of the jar.

For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

Pumpkin Spice Lip Balm in Mini Jars

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In the hurried world of the fall holidays and hosting, it’s incredibly easy to forget the smaller things. But as any good hostess knows, it’s all in the details. Here’s one of our favorite jar hacks that doubles as a thoughtful party favor.

Our mini jars are the perfect size container for making your own simple, fall-inspired lip balm. Made with common kitchen ingredients, this recipe is an easy add in to your holiday baking.

What You Need

1 oz Sweet Almond Oil

1 oz coconut oil

1 oz beeswax

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp chai tea mix (without sugar)

How to Make

  1. Collect and sanitize 4 Bonne Maman mini-jars and lids
  2. Measure oils, beeswax, spice and chia in a glass container (one of our full sized Bonne Maman jars works well)
  3. Using a double boiler, heat until beeswax is melted, remove from heat.
  4. Stirring while cooling mixture slightly
  5. When the mixture starts to get thick, pour into your Bonne Maman mini-jars
  6. Cool completely, seal with lid
  7. Dress them up with some twine and include a sweet message to make the perfect party favor

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For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

Bonne Maman at Every Meal

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Tis the season for homemade treats! Whether you’re celebrating with a few close friends or entertaining your entire extended family, these easy yet elegant recipes will ensure your festivities are full of tasty goodies.

Recipes:
Overnight Berry Breakfast Bake
Fig, Goat Cheese, and Proscuitto Crostini
No Bake Chocolate Raspberry Tart

For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

Preserves and puff pastry

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It’s that time of the year, the air is brisk and the leaves are changing into beautiful autumn hues! With so much to be thankful for and the year’s biggest feast right around the corner, these delicious recipes will help make entertaining a breeze. Whether you spend the Thanksgiving holiday with a few friends or your entire extended family, we have something for everyone. We love the idea of combining the warm, buttery goodness of puff pastry with the soft sweetness of our authentic preserves made with natural ingredients. Check out these easy-to-make recipes and see just how much you’re able to accomplish with so little while making this Thanksgiving one full of warm traditions and delicious festivities.

Recipes:
Four Fruits Puff Pastry Twists
Blueberry and Cherry Pastry Pillows
Baked Camembert Cheese with Blackberry & Bacon

For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

Three cookies, one dough

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This season, celebrate the holidays with cookies inspired from around the globe, all made with one dough alongside our authentic Bonne Maman Preserves! Check out our quality, easy-to-make recipes and share these tasty and delightful treasures with all your family and friends.

Recipes:
Shortbread Cut Out Cookies
Plum Pinwheels
Lemon Curd Tea Cookies

For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

Jar Hack Halloween Decorations

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Who’s ready to get their party on? Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re thinking of hosting spooktacular get together, you’re going to love today’s post! These jack-o-lantern party favors are simple to make and fun for all ages.

What You Need

  • A jar of your favorite Bonne Maman® Preserves
  • Orange Crepe Paper or Tissue Paper
  • Green Straws
  • Twine
  • My Printable Template
  • Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

How to Make

  1. Cut some of the orange crepe/tissue paper down to size, wrap it around the jar, and tie it off with twine. After that, cut the top down if need be, and tie the twine around the straw to attach it.
  2. Either use your cutting machine to cut out my jack-o-lantern templates, or print off the designs and cut out the shapes. Use hot glue to adhere the jack-o-lantern faces to the front of the jar.

See, what did I tell ya’? Simple, but cute.

Jar hack inspired by this original blog post by Mandee Thomas of designsbymissmandee.com.

For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

Simplify Back to School

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Bonne Maman Jar Hack – Back to School Made Simple

It’s that time of the year, summer is over and the kids are back in school! Your house is probably brimming with homework and handouts, pencils and pens and a seemingly endless flow of homework and crafts supplies. Managing it all can be quite the task, even for the most organized among us.

Back to School season is the perfect time to put your saved Bonne Maman jars to good use and beautifully organize the chaos and clutter with this simple jar hack. Because we know every bit helps!

Our jars are the perfect size to store all of the supplies this year’s school list threw your way. Erasers and binder clips once loose and lost in a drawer are easily found. Crayons with no box have a home again. With pens and pencils easy to find, the days of searching for a writing implement in a pinch are over! Simply clean out the jar after you’ve enjoyed the last, delicious bite, remove the label with hot water, then add your own colorful label to organize everything.

For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

Love & Lemon Curd Ways to Enjoy – Part Five

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Take one bite of Bonne Maman Lemon Curd, and it will bring you back home. Our secret is five simple ingredients that could easily be found in your Grandmother’s kitchen cabinet.Taking over our Ideas section this month, we will share 5 of our favorite, easy ways to enjoy our new addition to the Bonne Maman family.

Enjoy!

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Don’t overthink it. Our lemon curd is perfect served simply, spread generously over toast or dolloped on top of homemade muffins or scones.

Honestly, Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is so good, we recommend finding the nearest spoon, popping open a chilled jar and voila! Enjoy!

For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

Love & Lemon Curd Ways to Enjoy – Part Four

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Can you really ever have enough lemon curd? We think not. From adding excitement and fresh lemony flavors to boring breakfasts, to a range of desserts galore, Bonne Maman lemon curd offers a little bit o’sunshine for everyone in the family. Insider secret: take a look at the back of the jar – just five simple ingredients that are probably in your fridge and pantry right now!

Taking over our Ideas section this month, we will share 5 of our favorite, easy ways to enjoy our new addition to the Bonne Maman family.

Enjoy!

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Love your yogurt, but getting bored with the choices? Hit a flavor rut?

Shake up your morning routine with a dollop of luscious lemon curd loveliness on top of your favorite plain Greek yogurt and simply swirl for a rich and velvety mouthful.

Love & Lemon Curd Ways to Enjoy – Part Three

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More lemon curd love coming your way! Available now (or soon) at stores near you, and online this month. Bonne Maman Lemon Curd will surely put a smile on your face and add some zing to your recipes. With just five simple ingredients, it’s the closest you’ll get to your family’s homemade recipe!

Taking over our Ideas section this month, we will share 5 of our favorite, easy ways to enjoy our new addition to the Bonne Maman family.

Enjoy!

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Love pie, will travel?

For something truly adorable for your next dinner party or gathering, make or buy mini tartelette shells, and fill with Bonne Maman Lemon Curd. Chill and serve with a dollop of whipped cream and a raspberry for the prettiest treat for any gathering.

Love & Lemon Curd Ways to Enjoy – Part Two

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You may have already heard, but Lemon Curd is trending in a big way and we are happy to offer up our take on this simple and creamy pleasure! The newest addition to the Bonne Maman Family, our Lemon Curd is joyfully sweet with a bright, clean lemon flavor and homemade taste made from just five simple ingredients.

Taking over our Ideas section this month, we will share 5 of our favorite, easy ways to enjoy our new, favorite spread.

Enjoy!

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Do you know what’s better than strawberry shortcake? Lemon Curd topped strawberry shortcake! Just trust us and do this immediately. This homespun, all-American favorite is hard to improve, but adding our luscious and lightly sweet lemon curd is just the ticket!

Bonne Maman Lemon Curd adds a touch of tanginess to compliment the fresh berries and rich whipped cream, and adds a burst of flavor to the moist and flaky shortbread. Proof that simple, homemade desserts are always best.

For a fun jar hack, store any leftover berries and cream in the empty lemon curd jars – no need to even wash it first! Hints of lemon curd mixed with berries and cream make the perfect light, leftover dessert the next day.

Love & Lemon Curd Ways to Enjoy – Part One

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There is nothing quite as delicious as luscious, sweet and tangy lemon curd, with endless ways and moments for enjoyment! Our newest jar of sunshine and addition to the collection of spreads, Bonne Maman Lemon Curd is simply heaven on Earth with a homemade taste made from only five simple ingredients.

Taking over our Ideas section this month, we will share 5 of our favorite, easy ways to enjoy our new, favorite spread.

Enjoy!

Check out our amazing Raspberry Lemon Curd Trifle recipe here. For a fun entertaining tip, try out this great jar hack – upcycle an empty Bonne Maman jar as a mini trifle jar! Tie the top with a pretty ribbon or colorful string for the perfect final touch.

Mom and Me Craft Time – Spread the Love this Mother’s Day

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In a hurried world, simple, quiet time at home with family is precious. This Mother’s Day, set aside a few hours to get crafty as a family with a little help from Bonne Maman. Here’s one of our favorite, simple jar hacks that will help you get organized and give you back a little time to enjoy with the people that matter most. Plus, it will give you more time to make sweet gifts for all the Moms in your life!

Our jars are the perfect size to store everything a crafty Mom needs – from colored pencils and markers, to buttons and beads, to glitter, googly eyes and more. For a tangle-free way to store ribbon or string, simply poke a hole in the lid, pull it through and voila! All of your supplies will stay neat, tidy and organized (not to mention adorable).

In addition to storing all of your odds and ends, Bonne Maman jars can become their own craft project. There are infinite ways to upcycle the jars into something new. Miniature sewing kits, spring bulb planters, and custom candle votives are just the beginning. For more fun ideas, stay tuned to our Bonne Maman Ideas page or visit us on Pinterest.

And here’s a little more good news! With Bonne Maman jars and mini jars, clean up is a breeze. Happy Mother’s Day, indeed!

Garden Inspiration

Garden Inspiration

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Fans of Bonne Maman have found infinite ways to use Bonne Maman jars in their gardens.

Dani recommends ‘re-potting’ fresh herbs in her jars –

“They make a pretty, scented display- close to hand on the kitchen window ledge, and it is much easier to check through the glass that you are not under or over-watering”.

Thanks to keen gardener Terry for sharing a handy new use for his left over jars –

“just perfect for keeping low hanging strawberries from touching the ground and free from the attention of those early rising blackbirds.”

Jars can add twinkling atmosphere at parties too. Janette decorated her garden with “pretty ‘glow worm’ jars for a party”.

Marianna designed her own “vases with floating tea lights and dotted them along the raised boarders in the garden”.

Picnic Perfect

Picnic Perfect

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On a beautiful summer’s day nothing is more enjoyable than setting out for a picnic, away from the crowds, under the shade of a large tree with a basket of delicious food. There’s something very special about eating outside, and why not add charm to the occasion by serving up some of the food and drink in Bonne Maman jars?

Preserves jars are perfect for individual servings of fresh chilled soups, individual servings of salad, hard boiled eggs, toasted nuts, and delicious lemonade.

If you are taking in a Summer concert or play on your blanket in the long light evenings, just add jars of pre-mixed coolers or cocktails to complete the ‘al fresco’ evening scene.

Paint Away

Paint Away

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For those summer holidays when the weather is not so kind – take time for some artistic inspiration. Break out the paints and try your hand at some peaceful sketching or watercolors. Perhaps involve the whole family and encourage the youngsters with a summer arts and craft design challenge inspired by the local landscape. Bonne Maman jars are useful for storing and organizing the brushes, pencils, crayons, and collage elements needed to bring the whole thing to life.

Color ‘lining’ the jar interiors is also a lot of fun and allows you to add pops of color to your art area.

Take a small pot of acrylic paint – easily found in hobby and craft shops – and pour in gently at a diagonal, swirl slowly, slowly, slowly around the interior for an even, smooth color block finish. Then be a little patient as the jars dry.

Once completely dry, add some personal finishing touches – perhaps raffia or twine, pretty check ribbons, or bows and name tags.

Pretty and Practical

Pretty and Practical

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It’s very easy for the family sewing box to become muddled.

Bonne Maman’s handy jars make it much simpler to organize all the bits and bobs in an efficient and attractive way. Cotton reels, buttons, needles, tape measure, pieces of fabric and ribbon can all be tidied away and easily found.

Use a spare piece of your favorite material to make a colorful pin cushion to stick onto the lid of a jar to make it both functional, and eye-catching at the same time!

Gardening with Bonne Maman

Gardening with Bonne Maman

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As the days start to lengthen-

-and the sun makes its tentative appearance, it’s time to head out into the garden and tidy up after winter.

Now you can actually see the soil through the leaves, you can start to think about planting for the summer, tying in your climbers, and perhaps cutting some daffodils for the kitchen table.

Bonne Maman jars have so many uses in the garden, why not pierce a hole in the lid of a conserve jar to use as a string dispenser? The jars are also the perfect size and shape for potting hyacinths to give your home a sweet and fresh fragrance.

You can also use your empty jars for storing plant labels, seed packets, small bulbs, and the myriad other bits and bobs you need to make your garden really spring into action.

Beautiful Bouquet Garni

Beautiful Bouquet Garni

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Variations of the classic ‘Bouquet Garni’ (which literally translates from French into “a garnished bouquet”) have been around since the early 1600’s. This timeless method of infusing casseroles, sauces, stocks, and stews with the aromatic flavors of fresh herbs is a wonderfully simple way to add a new dimension to household favorite recipes.

Traditionally, bundles of fresh herbs were wrapped in cheese cloth, added at the beginning of cooking and removed before serving – allegedly, to prevent dinner guests from discovering the secret ingredient of well-guarded family recipes! These days, bouquet garni are a beloved country kitchen staple and are super easy to make. Simply gather some of your favorite fresh herbs (dried also work) and pop them into a muslin bag.

If you don’t have this on hand, take a spare coffee filter or empty a teabag, place the herbs in the middle of the material, then gather the edges until the herbs are encased and tie at the top with string. Storing pre-made bouquet garni in a sealed container is key to prolonging freshness and aromatic scents… naturally, a classic Bonne Maman jar is surely the most chic option.

Traditional bouquet garni ingredients include parsley, thyme, and bay leaves, but other popular additions include rosemary, lemon peel, fennel leaves, peppercorn and even chilis!

Storage Made Simple

Storage Made Simple

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Regarded by many as the most important meal of the day…

…everyone has their favorite breakfast – a slice of toast and strawberry preserves, warm fresh muffins with apricot preserves, crepes and raspberry preserves, or their favorite homemade granola recipe. A selection of ingredients for each person to create their own preferred assortments becomes easy once the simple storage of Bonne Maman jars is brought into play.

“…allow everyone to pick and choose their own perfect recipe.”

When you’re making your favorite granola, use our colorful and elegant jars to store oats, bran, brown sugar – whatever you need to keep handy. From mixed nuts, seeds, dried fruit, or a medley of different toppings, Bonne Maman jars allow everyone to pick and choose their own perfect recipe. Just add some fresh fruit or a spoonful or two of Bonne Maman Strawberry, Cherry, Apricot or Peach preserves, some milk or yogurt and voila! A naturally great and totally personalized way to start the day.

Spice It Up

Spice It Up

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You can make a bold style statement with this simple but effective idea for storing herbs and spices. Jars filled with the different colors and shapes of favorite flavorings such as cinnamon sticks, mace, pink and green peppercorns, cloves, and star anise will give a unique look and ambiance to your kitchen, walk-in storage cupboard, or food preparation area.

Simply attach Bonne Maman lids to the underside of a shelf, fill the jars and screw ‘upwards’ in place for an eye-catching and easy-to-use kitchen feature.

This same principle works really well for handymen and women too – simply fill with bolts, screws, widgets, nails, batteries, super glue tubes, etc. and transfer to the garage or workshop. Now you will always be able to find that vital picture hook just when you need it!

Preserving Your Harvest

Preserving Your Harvest

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You can enjoy harvest season for months to come by preserving your fresh fruit in Bonne Maman jars.

Confit, for instance, can sound complicated but is really a simple, traditional method of storing fruit in a sugar syrup. Lemon confit, for example, is delicious and will keep refrigerated in its syrup for weeks. Many variations exist for adding a subtle, citrus dimension to many savory and sweet dishes. Whole or quartered lemons are great for savory dishes such as Moroccan tagines, while slices are perfect for decorating tarts and cakes – better yet, try them on a cheesecake with an added layer of our soft set Lemon Curd.

Here is a simple, sliced lemon confit version to try:

Heat oven to 300F

Make a sugar syrup by bringing 2.5 cups white sugar and 2 cups water to boil, simmer for 2 minutes until all sugar has dissolved.

Wash, trim, & thinly slice lemons – 5 or 6 depending on size – and remove seeds.

Lay slices, slightly overlapping, in rows on a baking sheet. Overlay with a sheet of baking paper on top – pricked all over to allow moisture to escape – and then cover whole tray with foil.

Bake for 50-60 minutes until slices are translucent. Remove foil and bake for a further 30-40 minutes until sugar is syrupy. Cool before using or storing in compote jar with syrup and a dusting of added sugar to taste / dress.

Holiday Gifts

Holiday Gifts

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Creative gifts add a personal touch. If it’s the thought that counts, nothing counts more than homemade gifts. But you don’t have to spend weeks preparing a craft to create the special moments homemade gifts bring.

Try using our traditional jars to make thoughtful presents to share during the holiday season. Fill the jars will homemade cookies or candies and bring these simple but special gifts to any celebration.

Candle holders
Small white candles symbolize the peace and joy of the holiday season. Bonne Maman jars make great candles holders, offers a warm glow when candle flicker inside the molded glass.

Mini poinsettia pots
The traditional holiday flower offers bold red color to punctuate any seasonal table. Mini poinsettas are now available and are just the right fit for empty jars of Bonne Maman. Make a mini take home flower pot to send home with holiday guests or to hand out to loved ones throughout the season. A green or red tissue or foil paper to line the jars before filling with dirt.

Place setting surprises
Nothing beats arriving at your seat to find a special take home treat. Simple fill our jars with small baked goods or candies and then top with ribbons and personalized gift tags. Homemade hot cocoa mix or small cards with handwritten recipes can also be placed inside.

 

Turn Bonne Maman Jars into Holiday Table Decorations & Gifts


Our distinctive jars can do much more than hold delicious preserves and jellies.

Traditional molded glass jars and brightly colored gingham patterned lids give our jars a festive, distinctive, cheerful look. They are the perfect size for a variety of fun, simple crafts and gifts.

So add a little do-it-yourself charm to your holidays with these incredibly simple ways to turn your empty Bonne Maman jars into delightful decorations and fun, functional gifts!

Candle Holder
Placing a small, round white candle at the bottom of an empty Bonne Maman jar instantly creates a dramatic candleholder. The flame will reflect off the thick, faceted glass and create a warm glow. For something more dramatic, wrap a thick wire around the threads of the jar and loop it over the jar’s top, tying it to the other side to make a handle. For an added decorative touch, fill the bottom of the jar with an inch of white sand.

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Tie festive bows around the top of the jars for a festive look, then fill them with nutmeg, cinnamon, sugar or other spices. The clear glass makes the spices’ natural color stand out. A small card can be attached to the ribbon to indicate what’s inside.

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Add some color to holiday table settings with mini-roses, which effortlessly fit into our jars. Tie a green bow around the jar’s threads to add an extra dash of festive color to your table decorations.

 

Cheese and Preserves

Cheese and Preserves

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What are the best preserves and cheese pairings for the holidays?


Preserves served with cheese make simple and delicious snacks, appetizers and desserts.
The classic flavor contrast of salty and sweet is easy to perfect with Bonne Maman Preserves and high quality cheeses. Our 100% natural fruit flavors provide a sweet burst of flavor that effortlessly compliments the smooth, salty flavors of cheese.

Goat cheese with Bonne Maman Fig Preserves
Goat cheeses feature a fresh, salty flavor profile that is a great match for our savory, ripened Bonne Maman Fig Preserves.

Try serving this combination in a puff pastry. Simply spread some Bonne Maman Fig Preserves in the center of a pastry and add crumbled goat cheese. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top and bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 15 minutes at 375°.

Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves with Etorki cheese
Etorki is a sheep’s milk cheese with a smooth, velvety texture and rich, hazelnut flavor. Its aroma is sweet and buttery, and the cheese is full flavored and silky. Its supple texture makes Etorki a perfect pair with our Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves, which pack a robust and naturally sweet flavor in an easily spreadable gel. Try serving this combination with slices of a hearty French bread.

Other can’t miss cheese and preserves pairings include:

Bonne Maman Plum Preserves with Hard cheeses
With chunks of wholesome plums packed into every jar, our Bonne Maman Plum Preserves offer a fantastic match for smooth, mild flavored hard cheeses like Comte, Emmental and Parmesan.

Bonne Maman Redcurrant Jelly with flavorful soft cheeses
The zesty fruit flavor of our Bonne Maman Redcurrent Jelly bites through the creamy textures of soft cheeses like Camembert and Brie, creating an irresistible flavor sensation.

Healthy Snacks

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How can Bonne Maman be used to make healthy snacks?


The New Year is here and it’s time to refocus on healthy snacking!
Whether you overindulged in holiday treats, have set healthy resolutions or simply want to nutritionally broaden your daily snacks, Bonne Maman Preserves can help you do it in simple, flavorful ways!

The 100% all natural fruit flavors in Bonne Maman Preserves add a dose of sweetness to many healthy snacks. Try these deliciously healthy options:

Smoothies and Parfaits – perfect for breakfast and snacks!
Smoothies and parfaits can be made with yogurt, fresh fruits, granola, nuts and other healthy ingredients layered or blended into a delicious healthy treat! Bonne Maman Preserves can add to the fantastic flavor profiles by providing natural sweetness to bring out the best flavors of fruits, granola and yogurt. (See our “Recipe of the Month”)

All natural peanut butter and jelly – Pre workout fuel or a light lunch!
The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be stacked with nutritional value if made with all natural ingredients like Bonne Maman Preserves or Jellies! Peanut butter is packed with protein – a needed energy booster before workouts that also helps the body recover after exercise. Add Bonne Maman and a truly delicious and healthy PB&J is born!
Salads are often topped with store bought dressings that contain all sorts of unhealthy ingredients like oils, excess salt and fat. Our salad with scallops and strawberry dressing recipe shows a great alternative: a simple, flavorful and natural strawberry dressing with made with our preserves, white wine vinegar and walnut oil.

Grilling With Preserves

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Add flavor to grilling and outdoor eating with help from Bonne Maman!

Outdoor grilling is one of the best parts of summer and an activity sure to produce fun-filled memories.

Bonne Maman Preserves offers a simple way to add great new flavors to your next cookout.
Tips for using fruit preserves to enhance barbecue flavor:

Combining contrasting flavors – think savory and sweet, tangy with smooth, creamy and crunchy – is often the key to surprisingly delicious creations.

Marinade, glaze, or brush sauces onto whatever you plan on grilling. Our current recipe of the month – Best Bonne Maman BBQ Sauce – features a simple homemade barbecue sauce that will spruce up everything from burgers to fish.

Another simple way to use Bonne Maman on the grill is creating a strawberry glaze. Try coating some chicken pieces with olive oil, salt and pepper and topping it with a strawberry glaze made from Bonne Maman strawberry preserves.

Preserves with Ice Cream

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Use Bonne Maman® for simple, flavorful & fun ice cream desserts!


From strawberry preserves to apricot, wild blueberry and peach, Bonne Maman offers a wealth of flavors that are delicious with ice cream. Whether used as a topping or as an ingredient for a dessert recipe, the classic flavors of Bonne Maman will enhance any ice cream dish.

– Simple vanilla ice cream mixed with a bit of Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry preserves makes for a fantastic blueberry ice cream. Mixing and matching preserves – like plum and apricot – together with vanilla ice cream creates fantastic, unexpected flavors.

– Add nuts, graham crackers or cookie crumbles to ice cream and preserves to add a bit of texture and variety to your flavor creations.

– Get out the blender and create a custom milkshake or malt, adding some Bonne Maman preserves for authentic fruit flavors. Try mixing vanilla ice cream, strawberry preserves, chocolate sauce and a ripe banana for an awesome banana split malt!

School Lunches

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Back to School the Gourmet Way

Using Bonne Maman Preserves to spice up school lunches is an easy and healthy way to brighten a child’s – or adult’s – day!
All natural Bonne Maman Preserves offer real fruit to bag lunches.
For example, our gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe elevates the ubiquitous sandwich to a new culinary height while keeping the same no nonsense preparation.

Although the traditional PB&J recipe features our Bonne Maman Muscat Grape Jelly, but peanut butter tastes fantastic with many other varieties of Bonne Maman as well. Our Strawberry or Raspberry Preserves are popular alternative choices for making gourmet peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Or try other flavors like Apricot or Wild Blueberry. Of course, all four flavors of Bonne Maman Jellies are always fantastic with peanut butter as well.

To make this classic school lunch sandwich an even healthier treat, try adding bananas inside the sandwich or packing it along with fresh fruits.

For information about the health benefits of our Grape Jelly – check this month’s Bonne Maman Wisdom feature.

Meat Glazes & Sauces

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Meat Glazes & Sauces

Use Bonne Maman Preserves to Bring Out the Best Flavors of Meats for Easter Glazes or sauces made from Bonne Maman Preserves create delightful contrasts of salty and sweet flavors with meats. Whether applying a smooth glaze before cooking or simply including a tasty sauce or condiment with a meal, Bonne Maman makes it easy to add unique flavors to beef, poultry, fish and pork. Try these flavorful recipes, they are perfect for Easter dinner!

 

Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves and Mint Glazed Lamb

 

This tender lamb dish is full of warm, fresh and zesty flavor. The roasted meat pairs deliciously with a simple glaze made from fresh mint, white wine vinegar, garlic and our Wild Blueberry Preserves. The glaze can be made days ahead of time and also can be served as a sauce.

 

Apricot Chicken Breasts

 

This luscious chicken recipe features warm Apricot Preserves mixed with Dijon mustard, cashews and a dash of curry powder. The apricot mixture provides a tangy taste that’s not overly sweet and the cashews offer a nice, crunchy texture.

Other meat and preserves pairings:

Many other simple glazes and sauces can be made with Bonne Maman Preserves. The preserves can even be used on their own as condiments. Other can’t miss meat and preserves pairings include:
– Beef with Wild Blueberry Preserves
– Turkey breast with Raspberry Preserves
– Steak with Plum Preserves
– Pork Chops with Orange Marmalade

Crêpes

Crêpes

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Crêpes with Preserves

Crêpes with Bonne Maman Preserves are delicious for breakfast as well as snacks & desserts.

Crêpes are thin pancakes made with a flour-based batter. This famous French dish is loved around the world and often comes folded and filled with all sorts of sweet fillings.

February 2nd is La Chandeleur in France or “The Day of Crêpes”. Not only is the holiday celebrated by eating a lot of crêpes, but the French also do a bit of fortune telling while making them. It is traditional to hold a coin in your writing hand and a crêpe pan in the other, and flip the crêpe into the air. If you manage to catch the crêpe in the pan, your family will be prosperous for the rest of the year! Give it a try!

Crêpes are easy to make: simply cook a basic batter in a frying pan, fill it with your favorite flavor Bonne Maman Preserves or Jelly and you are set for a treat any time of the year!

Basic Crêpe Batter Recipe: Mix 2 well-beaten eggs, 1 ½ cups of milk or cream, 4 tablespoons of melted or whipped butter and 4 tablespoonfuls of sugar. Add a 1 ½ cups of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Stir until smooth. Spoon batter onto a pre-heated, buttered frying pan and cook until thin and crêpe begins to brown and can easily be folded over without breaking.

You now have the perfect serving vessel for your favorite flavor of Bonne Maman Preserves. The full flavor and fruity texture of Bonne Maman complement the smooth, mellow taste of the crêpes.

Here are a few other filling suggestions for crêpes and preserves:
Sliced bananas with Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry Preserves
Cream Cheese with Raspberry Preserves
Fluffy, whipped cream with Orange Marmalade and walnuts
Strawberry Preserves, a light chocolate spread and whipped cream
Natural Peanut Butter with Grape Jelly

Scones

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Scones with Bonne Maman® Preserves

Fresh-baked scones with our traditional fruit preserves are a delightful, simple treat.

Scones are wedges of traditional baked breakfast bread that are satisfying, delicious and perfect with our all natural fruit preserves.

Made from a batter of flour, sugar, baking powder, butter, milk or cream and eggs, scones are light and moderately sweet – making them ideal pallets for showing off the flavors of Bonne Maman!

Preserves can be used as a topping or mixed in with the batter and baked into scones for an even more flavorful version. Mixing the ingredients together properly is the key to making scones. It works best to hand mix the dough to avoid over mixing, which can make scones too hard or flaky. Fresh fruit, nuts and other flavorful items are great additions.

We suggest using Bonne Maman Blueberry and Strawberry Preserves, which add the sweet flavor of juicy berries. The combination of the preserves and fresh berries make for a sweet, fresh-tasting scone that’s light, fluffy and not too rich.

Bonne Maman Berry Scones
2 3/4 cups (11 1/2 ounces) All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup cold butter
2 extra large eggs
3/4 cup heavy cream or milk
2 cups blueberries or chopped strawberries
½ Cup Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry and Strawberry Preserves
1 Jar of Bonne Maman preserves to use as topping
Combine the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a bowl. Cut butter into the flour until the mixture resembles crumbs.
In a separate bowl, beat two eggs until they’re light and airy. Add ¾ cup heavy cream or milk.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in the blueberries or chopped strawberries, and Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry and Strawberry Preserves. Mix the dough until it all comes together, being careful not to over mix.
Roll dough out to a thickness of 1 inch. Cut into rounds with fluted pastry cutters. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes or until golden.

Finger Foods

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Gourmet Finger Foods

Make a mini appetizer with the sweet fruit flavors of Bonne Maman.
From sweet and savory appetizer combinations to simple sweet snacks, our fruit preserves are perfect for easy-to-eat finger foods!

There are many ways to make flavorful finger foods with Bonne Maman Preserves and Jellies. Here are two of our favorites.

Fig Preserves with Brie – A simple treat, this combination features our ripened fig preserves taste great with salty, creamy cheeses like Brie. The figs’ natural sweetness is a great contrast and the smooth Brie adds complex flavors without dominating the sweet figs. Serve it on small slices of toast for a decadent yet no fuss weekend breakfast.

Savory Peach Tartlets – A truly flavorful option for a picnic or party, these lovely summer tartlets feature Spanish onions, fresh garlic and rosemary sprigs, cheese, white wine and our refreshing Peach Preserves. The bold ingredients mesh together beautifully and create a perfect medley of sweet and salty flavors. See the full recipe here.

Sandwiches

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Sweet and Savory
Sandwiches


Make Simple Sandwiches Come Alive with Bonne Maman Preserves – Perfect for
Easter Leftovers!

Sandwiches are an everyday lunch item but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring. Hold the mayo and mustard – and reach for Bonne Maman to create simple, flavorful and unique sandwiches!

Our 100 percent natural fruit preserves add a fresh, sweet spin to sandwiches. Combining preserves with cold cuts is a great way to explore the versatility of sweet and savory flavor combinations. Whether turkey, ham or roast beef – there’s a perfect Bonne Maman Preserve or Jelly to make it come alive with freshness and flavor.

Try making these sandwiches with fresh mixed greens, tomatoes, thinly sliced cold cuts and crusty French bread or focaccia.

– Roast Beef with Apricot Preserves –
Add Arugula to the mix to make this combination even more fragrant and fresh tasting.

– Ham and Cheese with Peach Preserves –

Try a creamy Brie cheese with this combination to create a luxurious texture that plays well off the preserves’ tangy flavor.

– Turkey with Wild Blueberry Preserves –
Add some Dijon mustard or bacon for added flavor. Can also be made with sliced chicken breasts.

Easy and Delicious


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Easy and Delicious

Bonne Maman’s fruit preserves and jellies are made using the finest fruit and traditional methods, with no artificial colorings, no additives or no preservatives. And when it tastes so delicious, you’ll find so many different uses for our special preserves. Be sure to enjoy Bonne Maman everyday in quick and simple ways!

Spread on toast, English muffins, muffins and scones
Mix into plain yogurt
Spread on waffles and pancakes
Spread onto crackers and pound cake
Spread your favorite cheese on a cracker and top with Fig Preserves. We recommend blue cheese or goat cheese.
Spread our Raspberry Preserves onto dark chocolate
Try goat cheese and Cherry Preserves on a baguette
Enjoy Peach or Strawberry Preserves on ice cream

Click the Recipes tab for using Bonne Maman preserves as an incredible ingredient in fabulous dishes.

Fruit Smoothies

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Fruit Smoothie Flavor

Eating the recommended daily fruit servings can be a challenge. Fruit Smoothies are a delicious way to do it, even during the winter! Add some Bonne Maman Preserves to enhance the sweet flavors of the fruit and you have a delicious and sweet healthy snack.

Bonne Maman Preserves add just the right amount of sweetness and are an excellent way to get the best flavors out of fruits that aren’t fully ripe or that are a bit tart naturally, like blueberries.

All types of berries, bananas, peaches and many other fruits taste great in smoothies. Simply blend your favorite fruit combinations with 1 cup of plain low fat yogurt, 2 Tablespoons of your favorite flavor of Bonne Maman Preserves and 1 Tablespoon of honey and you’ll have a nutritious and refreshingly delicious fruit smoothie.

Try adding whey protein for a hearty twist and energy boost. To make daily smoothies more convenient, try freezing your fruits, which also makes smoothies deliciously frothy.

Preserves Filled Cakes


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Holiday Preserves Filled Cakes

Cakes, cookies and other treats are as much a part of the holiday season as gifts and festive gatherings. Making holiday treats with Bonne Maman Preserves is fun, easy and a perfect way to spread seasonal cheer!
Here are just three of the many ways to feature Bonne Maman in holiday desserts.

Two layer Preserves cake
Cakes with an interior layer of fruit preserve goodness are sure to be a hit this holiday season. Many cake recipes can be adapted to create two layers. Using two 10-inch cake pans to bake, spread your favorite Bonne Maman Preserves flavor on top of one layer. Press the other layer on top and voila! A simple, moist and delicious cake that includes the delicious fruit flavor of Bonne Maman!

Preserve-filled cookies
Topping a yellow cake mix cookie recipe with Bonne Maman Preserves is an especially easy way to feature our gourmet preserves in a holiday dessert. Try making a thumb indentation into baked cookies and filling it with preserves. Bonne Maman Wild Blueberry and Raspberry Preserves offer a bright and sweet flavor that is especially delicious when added to cookies made with a mild cake batter.

Swiss Rolls
Smooth and delicious, our preserves are delectable when wrapped inside simple pastry rolls. Try using your favorite Swiss Roll recipe and adding a delicious twist with our preserves. Use a shallow cake dish lined with wax paper to bake. When the mix is done, simply flip the pan, remove the paper and spread the preserves! Roll the cake up and cut into slices to serve with holiday cheer!

Side Dishes

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Gourmet Side Dishes


Save a spot at your table for a side dish with the fresh, sweet flavor of Bonne Maman!

Thanksgiving is all about family and flavor. Traditional dishes rule the menu, but that doesn’t mean some new flavors can’t be introduced!

An occasion as special as Thanksgiving deserves some scrumptious surprises. Serving a new side dish featuring Bonne Maman will compliment your traditional holiday foods divinely with a sweet, natural and wholesome flavor.

Making a sweet glaze for vegetable dishes is one of the most delicious ways to use our all-natural preserves in side dishes.

Our Bonne Maman Orange Marmalade Glaze for Asparagus recipe features fresh orange juice combined with our Orange Marmalade for a smooth and tasty asparagus glaze.
This easy-to-make dish offers a great flavor and the recipe can be made with other vegetables as well, such as green beans or shallots. Adapt it further by roasting the vegetables and adding sliced almonds or crumbled walnuts to the mix.

Other side dishes featuring our all-natural fruit flavors include our salad with scallops and strawberry dressing and strawberry baked Brie recipes.

Snacks and Desserts

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Bonne Maman Preserves add delectable twists to sweet snacks & desserts

It’s easy to add deliciously surprising twists to dessert recipes with Bonne Maman preserves! Whether making warm or cold treats, there’s a good chance your favorite fruit preserves flavor can easily be added to the recipe.

Take cupcakes, for example. Try adding a dash of all-natural fruit goodness by indenting the cupcake centers and adding a teaspoon of Bonne Maman preserves as a filling just before baking. Preserves also can be used as fillings on cookies.

Glazes are another way to use Bonne Maman flavors in desserts. Any flavor of preserves – though strawberry and raspberry are particularly excellent, especially with chocolate flavored treats – can be made into a lovely sweet glaze. Try heating chocolate, butter, milk, vanilla extract and raspberry jam into a thin glaze. It’s a perfect topping for brownies, doughnuts, cookies or pound cakes.

Of course, simply using Bonne Maman Preserves as a standalone frosting is also a delicious option. Try Bonne Maman Apricot Preserves as a topping on plain white cakes. Other flavors of preserves, like raspberry and strawberry, can be used too. They are flavorful and sweet enough to replace traditional frosting – and add a healthier, fruity flavor!

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