Marmalade wins for the Mad Jam Woman

Posted on 24th April 2018 | in Business News , Community

Above: Sandy and John with their certificates

Perhaps best known for her super-hot preserves and award winning jams, Amble’s Mad Jam Woman has now added to her collection of accolades, this time for her marmalades.

At the prestigious Dalemain marmalade awards in Cumbria, she was awarded Silver, Bronze and Merit prizes, with another Bronze won by her assistant John.

Sandy Higson aka the Mad Jam Woman makes her infamous preserves at the old Fourways Centre in Amble. she was delighted at the results. “It’s amazing,” she told The Ambler. “I’m over the moon!”

Sandy was awarded a Silver certificate for her Seville marmalade, and a Bronze in the Artisan section, for her Seville and Hepple Gin marmalade.

“I’m really pleased about the Artisan award, because it’s got Hepple gin in it. I like to use local products and ingredients. When I told Walter Riddell from Hepple gin, he said ‘wonderful, very well done indeed’.”

In the Campanologist section, Sandy was awarded a Merit for her St Clements marmalade. Her long time assistant John Donaldson entered his Three Fruits marmalade. It was the first time he had ever entered a competition and he was awarded a Bronze certificate.

John said “I feel great. It’s the first marmalade I’ve made. I’m going to keep going.”

You can buy Mad Jam Woman jams, marmalades and preserves at the old Fourways Centre and the Northumberland Seafood Centre in Amble, and at Taste of Northumbria in Alnwick.

Sandy can be contacted on or on 01665 711044.

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