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We are artisan food producers, making a premium quality product by hand in small batches here in South Wales. When we say “Handmade in Wales”, our jams, chutneys and marmalades truly are. We use the best quality products we can get those hands on, and even import some supplies if we think the high quality warrants it. We make some of the usual suspects, such as blackberry jam or cherry jam, but then we also make our own special flavours such as Blackcurrant jam with Creme de Cassis French liquer, or Luxury Apple Chutney with Apellation Controlee Calvados apple brandy from the Pay d’Auge in Normandy (Mrs Crafty Dog is half French, after all!). One of our recent products is Black Forest jam, made from black cherries and a chocolate syrup which gives a hint of chocolate, and takes you back to the Black Forest Gateau of the 1970’s but without all the calories! We also make an Orange Choccy Marmalade – like jaffa cake on your toast! Our Gooseberry & Ginger Jam was isnspired by a dessert we had one Christmas which we tried to replicate in a jam – and very popular it is too!
We Welcome Trade & Retail
We can supply trade outlets (and already do across South Wales) and also sell to the public from our premises, or at craft and food fairs. Just pop us an e-mail at email@example.com . We also do mail order from this site but only in the batches of 3 mentioned below – so it’s more economical for you as the customer. I will say that you can definitely taste the difference in our products – we really are very good!
Food Hygeine Rating
February 2019 we were awarded our third consecutive 5 star food hygeine rating by the local authority’s Food Safety section on behalf of the City & County of Swansea, The Welsh Governent and the Food Standards Agency. 5 is the highest rating possible.
How it all began…
One year we had a glut of chillies in the greenhouse and not wanting to waste them Mrs Crafty Dog hit upon the idea of making Chilli Jam. This first batch of 8 jars sold so quickly we never got to taste them! Disappointed with the high sugar/low fruit content of mass market jams we decided we wanted to make jams to taste the way they did when we were kids; to that end, the batch of strawberry we made was to the high fruit content of French jams. It tasted fabulous! Blackberry and Blackberry and Apple followed, along with Luxury Apple and Pear & Apple Chutneys.
We began by selling through our local craft fair in Clydach but this expanded to Craft Fairs across South and West Wales. The business has grown like Topsy. We now supply shops in Swansea and are expanding across South Wales – The Coterie and Phillip’s The Butcher in Clydach, Swansea, The Crafty Parlour in Pontardawe, Thornhill Farm Shop in Cardiff, The Old Barn Tea Rooms nr the Brecon Mountain Railway at Pontsticill, Merthyr – but we are always looking for new outlets!
This year we are producing our original 210 gramme (marmalades & jams) and 190 gramme (chutney) jars and a smaller range of 113 gramme jars which we plan to sell in sets of three which makes postage more economical.
Cranberry & Spiced Orange Chutney – a Christmas Special!
The range of jams and chutneys is also expanding. Our famous Hot Chilli Jam (the original) still sells best of all but other popular flavours are Victoria Plum and Vanilla (made with local Plums when in season), Heritage Tomato and Chilli Chutney (made with at least three old fashioned varieties of tomato) and then by popular demand, an Extra Hot Chilli Jam made with Scotch Bonnets. Some people still wanted their palates stretched further, so we introduced our Wickedly Hot Chilli Jam, made with Bhut Jolokia chillis. But keep your eye on the site as the range does change a little with the seasons and there’s always something new and interesting to try! In 2019 we introduced new flavours which proved popular including Cranberry & Spiced Orange Chutney and Gooseberry & Ginger Jam – more unique Crafty Dog Cymru flavours.
Seasonal Additions – These were added in 2019 and they are proving to be very popular
Sets of Jams, Chutneys & Marmalades – Choose Your Own!
To make postage more economical, we sell our products on this webshop as sets of three. Pick any three varieties, in either a 4 ounce set or an 8 ounce set. Maybe you want three jams, or three chutneys, or maybe one of each or even three jars of the same! The choice is up to you. Set of 3 Click HERE.
Here is a list of our range of Jams, Marmalades and Chutneys. Some are seasonal, so check with us first before placing an order.
Some of our luscious chutneys.