What Makes a Great Reduced Sugar Strawberry Spread?

High-quality Strawberry Fruit Spread has a sweet strawberry flavor and a moderately gelatinous texture. It’s flavor stand up to the peanut butter when served on a PB&J.

Specifically, the spread has a red color, is gelatinous, and shiny.  There may be seeds, fruit fiber, or pieces of whole fruit included. The spread does not separate or weep liquid.

Strawberry is the leading aroma and flavor note, and it has a cooked character that denotes a reduced on concentrated intensity, such as fruit leather. There is a hard candy (like a Jolly Rancher) character to the strawberry, and there may be a citrus note or the floral note associated with fresh fruit. Detractors include an over ripe fruit character or notes of other fruits, like grape, green apple, or cranberry.

The Reduced Sugar version will have a low sweetness but still be more sweet than sour. It’s texture may be more or less gelatinous, but it’s still easy to spread and eat on a sandwich.

The fruit is moderately gelatinous and spreadable. Crunchy seeds or fruit fiber may be present and the spread may have the texture of apple butter.  The spread is slightly sticky and has a moderate rate of dissolve with slight astringency.

The strawberry flavor stands up to the peanut butter when served on a PB&J.

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Tasting terms

  • flavor

    A combination of a food's basic taste and its accompanying aroma, flavor is the distinctive taste of a food or ingredient while it is in the mouth. Along with aroma, appearance, texture and taste, flavor is one of the five dimensions considered by ChefsBest Master Tasters. Example: Chocolate chip cookies should have a moderate chocolate flavor accompanied by a slightly lower level of complex dough flavor that includes egg, flour, vanilla and brown sugar notes.

  • appearance

    The visual quality of a food. Used to organize attributes such as color and consistency of size, it is one of the five dimensions used to evaluate food. The other dimensions are aroma, texture, flavor and taste. Example: The appearance of green olives includes attributes such as color (pale to dark) and consistency of size (inconsistent to consistent).

  • sweet

    One of the basic tastes; often considered pleasing while exhibiting characteristics of sugar. Example: Honey, ripe fruits and syrup all have a pronounced sweet component.

  • characteristic

    Sometimes used as a synonym for “attribute;” refers to a distinctive quality of a food or ingredient. Example: A characteristic of French fries is their golden color.