Sweet Spot in the Grocery Aisle

It has been shown that while people want choice, when given too many choices, it can be a problem. A common example is with employee retirement accounts (401K). If a company offers a single investment vehicle, employees are not happy and many won’t participate. If the company offers hundreds of choices, people often get overwhelmed and also fail to act. There is a sweet spot in between.

Speaking of sweet spots, the amount of choice in the jelly aisle of your grocery store has also seen a dramatic rise. When I was a kid you had jelly. Sure, you could pick strawberry, grape, apple, raspberry and orange. That was it. Now, you not only have many more flavors, you also have things that are no longer called jelly. I estimate there are a good 200 different products to choose from on that shelf. Here is a quick primer:

What’s the difference between jams and jellies?

(per Consumer Reports)

Jellies are made from fruit juice and may include sweeteners, spices, pectin, or preservatives.

Jams and preserves (the two terms can be used interchangeably, according to federal rules) blend crushed or chopped fruit with the ingredients in jellies.

Spreadable fruit, by the way, is a term that’s sometimes seen on products but has no official federal definition.

Reduced-sugar products contain at least 25 percent less sugar per serving than a specified alternative product. There’s no federal definition of “low sugar,” claimed by one Smucker’s jam.

Delectable Chicken Thighs With Grape Jelly Sauce

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Whether you use preserves or jelly, this is a winner of a dish!

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So few ingredients, so much flavor. Note my “reduced sugar” jelly.

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Making the sauce.

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Pour over the chicken.

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The sauce turns into this delicious glaze.

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A great dish for kids and adults.

Delectable Chicken Thighs With Grape Jelly Sauce

prep 10 mins ∙ cook 1 hrs ∙ makes 4-6 ∙ source Food.com


  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3 lbs skinless chicken thighs


1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2 In a small saucepan, stir together grape jelly, ketchup, onions, vinegar, and dry mustard.

3 Heat over medium-high heat until mixture comes to a boil and jelly is melted.

4 Remove from heat.

5 Arrange chicken pieces in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.

6 Pour sauce evenly over chicken and turn pieces to coat both sides.

7 Bake uncovered for 1 hour, until chicken is very tender.


Calories 684.0
Calories from Fat 122
Total Fat 13.6 g
Saturated Fat 3.4 g
Cholesterol 282.3 mg
Sodium 820.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 72.1 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Sugars 54.1 g
Protein 68.1 g

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Categories: Chicken2, Fruit 2, kosher, Main Dish 3, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

Check out the best recipes at rantingchef.com

2 Comments on “Sweet Spot in the Grocery Aisle”

  1. February 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    It looks gorgeous. I’m already thinking of making it with Lingonberry jam. My Swedish neighbor introduced me to that fruit and taught me how to make Kottbullar, Swedish meatballs. Now I just have to teach him how to make real Texas Chili. Thanks for the recipe.


  2. Lisa
    February 13, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

    Yum! Can’t wait to make this. I love how few ingredients are needed. 🙂


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