Jenkins Jellies Story
Hi! Thanks for stopping by Jenkins Jellies. I’m Hillary Danner and happy to give you some history on how Jenkins evolved. I was a working actress in Los Angeles for over 10 years. In 1997 I moved to Highland Park, bought my first home and had two children. I found myself at a crossroads juggling kids and call-backs, so I turned to my garden for inspiration. Surrounded by a plethora of citrus & fig trees along with an abundant vegetable garden -- I grabbed the Ball canning jar book and taught myself how to make fruit jams, butters and the like. I opened a small boutique, celebrating local artists, and started sampling my jellies on our monthly art-walk nights. The crowds went wild for my preserved offerings - especially the pepper jelly! The artisanal food scene was just emerging in Los Angeles and I was jumping from one pop-up market to another, trying to keep up with the demand -- hand pouring jars in my kitchen. Even though I experienced numerous learning-on-the-job missteps, Jenkins Jellies started receiving celebrity accolades from folks like Gwyneth Paltrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daphne Oz, Mario Batali, Blythe Danner, Kate Capshaw and more! (Clearly it was time to get out of the kitchen and find a co-packer!)
Jenkins remains a small, family-run business. We are determined to offer our customers the best pepper jelly you will find by using the freshest & natural ingredients. Our customers are our inspiration and we encourage and welcome communication for feedback, to learn from each other, share ideas, to answer questions or simply to celebrate a great recipe and bond over a foodie moment.
Jenkins Jellies is an award-winning, premium line of all-natural pepper jellies crafted in sun-kissed California. Savory, sweet & irresistibly spicy, Jenkins infuses an iconic Southern treat with a fresh coastal twist:a heartier texture, brimming with jewel-like nuggets of pepper & fruit; a complex blend of seven peppers; & peak-season fruit purees. A stunning accompaniment to cheese & charcuterie platters, each jar is a secret ingredient for the creative home chef or foodservice professional.