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April​/May 2007

Lemon Curd

We tasted jarred varieties to see if we could find an acceptable substitute for home-made.

How We Tested

Lemon curd is a custard-style sauce made from eggs, sugar, butter, and, of course, lemon juice. We wondered if we could substitute a store-bought curd for homemade, so we tasted jarred varieties both right out of the jar and spread on a piece of pound cake.

The curds were suprisingly different. The clear winner earned raves for its smooth and creamy texture and "real lemon flavor," but the price tag raised eyebrows. The distant runner-up received lukewarm reviews for "gumdrop texture" and "sweet and sour lemon candy" flavor but costs about half as much as the premier brand.

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The Results

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Winner
Recommended

Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Lemon Curd

$10.59 for 11 ounces

Wilkin & Sons Tiptree Lemon Curd

The Wilkin & Sons curd was the clear winner for its smooth and creamy texture and "real lemon flavor," but the price tag raised eyebrows.

$10.59 for 11 ounces
Recommended with Reservations

Dickinson's Lemon Curd

$4.29 for 10 ounces

Dickinson's Lemon Curd

Dickinson's, the distant runner-up, received lukewarm reviews for "gumdrop texture" and "sweet and sour lemon candy" flavor but costs about half as much as the Wilkin and Sons curd.

$4.29 for 10 ounces