I've seen both words being used (peanut butter and jelly; peanut butter and jam), but I was wondering whether they were both words for the same thing, or if there's actually a distinct difference between the two.
Wikipedia explains that the difference between jam and jelly is that jam uses whole pieces of fruit, while jelly uses the juice:
Properly, the term jam refers to a product made with whole fruit, cut into pieces or crushed...
Jelly is a clear or translucent fruit spread made from sweetened fruit (or vegetable) juice and set using naturally occurring pectin.
Typically, jam has chunks of fruit left in it while jelly does not. Think of it like the difference between chunky and non-chunky peanut butter.
There is a difference. Jam in the UK, is what Americans call jelly. Jelly in the UK, is what Americans call "Jell-O".
The main difference, is how to use these words. Consider who you are talking to, to ensure that you make your meaning clear.
If you are talking to a British person and mention jelly, they will think of what Americans call "Jell-O". If you ask for jelly in the UK, you will end up with "Jell-O".
If you mean what Americans call jelly, you will need to use the word jam.
Otherwise, this can lead to a misunderstanding.
protected by user140086 Jun 22 '16 at 5:04
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