This is it, the ultmate in grown-up jam – my blackcurrant jam with chocolate and chilli. Full of deep dark flavours that tingle on the tongue and make even the most humble slice of toast into a major feast.
Deep and drk with a hint of sweetness and whole load of flavour. This is one very different blackcurrant jam and something my Mum would not recognise at all.
She made great jam and an awful lot of it was blackcurrant jam. But it was alwys what I call ‘straight jam’, nothing fancy, nothing added. This blackcurrant jam with chocolate and chilli would be well out of her comfort zone.
I love getting a bit quirky with my jam making and adding different ingredients to ramp up the flavour of the fruit and make things a wee bit more exciting.
Blackcurrant jam is a classic in it’s own right and many would say one should not meddle with that. But hey, where’s the fun in that. throwing spices and things like chocolate into a jam just makes a good thing even better.
Ingredients for blackcurrant jam with chocolate and chilli
- Dried chilli
- Dark chocolate
- lemon juice
The complete list of ingredients and full instructions for making this recipe can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Using chocolate in jam
Make sure you are using dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids. You need the chocolate to be the dark stuff so that it holds it’s flavour. Dark chocolate is made with less sugar and no milk so the flavour of the cocoa beans themselves is far more pronounced.
Milk chocolate doesn’t have enough flavour for jam making. Way too creamy and wishy-washy to hold up against the strength of the fruit (in this case blackcurrants).
The dark chocolate gives this jam a richness and creaminess as well as the deep dark flavour of chocolate. Sounds good? Tastes even better!
Have I tickled your fancy for more chocolate in jam recipes? Then check these out;
How to make blackcurrant jam with chocolate and chilli
Simply heat up the blackcurrants along with the chilli flakes and sugar till the sugar has dissolved and then ramp up the heat to a rolling boil. Break up the chocolate and add it to the pan stirring it through the jam. Once it has reached that magical setting point carefully ladle the hot jam into sterilised jars and pop on the lids.
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How much jam does this recipe make?
My recipe makes just 2 x 250ml jars of blackcurrant chocolate and chilli jam. Simply double up the recipe to make more.
This blackcurrant jam with chocolate and chilli is perfect for jazzing up your toast in the morning. It is equally good on scones with a dollop of whipped cream or as a filling for a simple Victoria sponge.
Actually a chocolate cake with this inside is perfection. A double hit of chocolate goodness, you just can’t go wrong with that.
You can also stir this jam into plain Greek yogurt of loosen with a little cassis or blackcurrant vodka and use as a sauce over good quality vanilla ice cream.
How long will this jam last?
This jam will keep for up to a year. Once opened store in the fridge and use within a month.
Please Note – We do not usually do water bath or other canning methods here in the UK. Our preserves keep perfectly well without this.
Here are some more fun recipes for using blackcurrants;
Blackcurrant and rosemary fruit cheese
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Blackcurrant jam with chocolate and chilli
- 500 g fresh blackcurrants
- 300 g sugar
- 1/2 lemon juice only
- 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
- 60 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids at least)
- Heat the blackcurrants, lemon juice and sugar in a pan along with the chilli flakes until the sugar has dissolved
- Squish the blackcurrants with a potato masher to break them up
- Raise the heat and bring to a boil and grate the chocolate into the jam and stir through
- Once it has reached setting point ladle jam into sterilised jars and seal
I just made this and it is wonderful!!!
Karon Grieve says
Glad you liked it so much
Thordur Axnes says
Have just finished this recipe and I love it!
I did not know that dark was a flavour, but that’s what it tastes like to me.
Adding the chocolate added a dark richness to the jam that complemented the blackcurrant taste very well.
10/10 Will make this again.
Karon Grieve says
So glad you like this blackcurrant jam with chocolate and chilli, must say it is one of my favourites.
Connie Hanson says
I could not get black currants, so used black berries. Delicious! All my friends are getting this for Christmas!
Karon Grieve says
Great idea, that sounds delicious. Sure your friends will love it at Christmas.