What Are the Different Types of Sugar-Free Jellies?

Lori Kilchermann

Sugar-free jellies come in a wide array of flavors, including apple, cherry and grape. They also come in assorted combinations of flavors, such as strawberry-rhubarb and lemon-lime. While many sugar-free jellies can easily be made in a home kitchen, such as strawberry and rhubarb, many other varieties are available online and in grocery and health food stores, such as cactus and quince jellies.

Sugar-free jelly on a biscuit.
Sugar-free jelly on a biscuit.

Fruit-flavored sugar-free jellies typically draw their flavor from fruit juice and their consistency from gelatin and pectin. Sugar-free apple jelly features unsweetened apple juice, lemon juice and unflavored gelatin. Sugar-free grape jelly is made from unsweetened grape juice, fresh lemon juice and gelatin. Pomegranate jelly can be made using a granulated artificial sweetener along with pomegranate juice and pectin. Sugar-free grape jelly features grape juice, lemon juice and artificial sweetener.

Quinces can be used to make sugar-free jellies.
Quinces can be used to make sugar-free jellies.

Some sugar-free jellies, such as parsley jelly and mint jelly, are well-suited to accompany meat rather than a bread product. They are made by pouring boiling water over either fresh parsley or fresh mint. After straining out the leaves and plant parts, the remaining flavor-filled hot water is mixed with vinegar, honey and liquid pectin. The jelly is then transferred to sterile jars and sealed in a hot water bath.

Sugar-free jellies can often be made at home with in-season or frozen fruits. Strawberry-rhubarb jelly without sugar features rhubarb, which is diced and cooked until soft. It is combined with a strawberry gelatin and a sugar substitute. Sugar-free strawberry jelly features a pint of fresh strawberries, water and sugar-free gelatin. Fresh-squeezed lemon juice is used to flavor sugar-free lemon jelly, which is sweetened with a sugar substitute.

Many types of berries are well-suited for making sugar-free jellies, such as blackberries, boysenberries and blueberries. Homemade black raspberry jelly features black raspberries, an artificial sweetener and fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Red raspberry jelly can have seeds or be seedless.

Quinces can be used to make sugar-free jellies, as can cactus. Cactus juice is typically used to flavor sugar-free cactus jelly. Sugar-free jellies also come in apricot, peach and concord grape varieties.

Many food producers and health food stores offer sugar-free jellies in a variety of flavors, including cherry, plum and peach. The flavors of store-bought sugar-free jellies can be enhanced by adding flavorful ingredients. For example, mixing ginger root with apple jelly creates a custom flavor.

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