V Smiley, the company’s namesake, looks to disrupt the preserves world by swapping out the standard refined white sugar for a richer (and more natural) substance: honey. And fruity honey is the first thing you’ll smell as soon as you open a beautifully designed jar of her preserves. With no thickeners or preservatives whatsoever, this jam is pure tart raspberry flavor, complete with the pop from the tiny seeds from the smashed fruits. The texture is unlike any jam or jelly we’ve ever tasted, and the flavor… quite honestly, we’re gobsmacked. We’re wowed. These preserves have got us all... well, smiley.
V was never interested in “doing the right thing.” Although she gained her culinary chops working in restaurants across the West Coast where refined white sugar is the gold standard of traditional technique, wherever she went, she spread her belief that honey was the superior sweetener. Even when it came to making preserves. We’re glad she stuck to her guns, because these jams are simply un-bee-lieveable.
Tip of the Tongue:
Consider this as a small treat to bring a smile to mom. She will be able to spread this on her morning toast or dollop it on her afternoon yogurt. If she’s more of a pro in the kitchen, she might try the raspberry jam in savory preparations such as the vinaigrette on her dinner salad.
Raspberries, honey, lemon.