From her home on the corner of Seminary Place and Murray Street in Forty Fort, Pennsylvania Marcia Jones (Grandma Jones) hosted countless family gatherings, holiday dinners, and bridge club get-togethers with friends. While food was always plentiful and delicious, family and friends most looked forward to gaining exclusive access to a limited supply of Marcia’s cherished family recipe of “Pepper Jam.”
Pepper Jam is a unique blend of sweet, sour, and spicy that can be served traditionally alongside cheese and crackers or be used as a gourmet spread, dip, or glaze to enhance any meal. Once you buy Pepper Jam you’ll likely end up purchasing it on a regular basis just like you would ketchup, salt and pepper, or steak sauce. It’s that diverse and delicious.
In 1999 Marcia’s grandson’s – Richard Jones III (Penn Lake, PA) and Kristopher Jones (Shavertown, PA) decided to take their Grandmother’s recipe, bottle it up, and share it with the world via e-commerce. Kris’s role in the company was head of Internet marketing, while Rick was head of product development and manufacturing. The pepperjam.com website was launched in late 1999 and the company began taking orders.
In early 2000 Rick, Kris, and their sister Jennifer attended the Fancy Food Gourmet Food Show in New York City where they met QVC Celebrity Chef Jorge Bruce. During that encounter Jennifer insisted Chef Jorge try Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jam. He loved it, which eventually led to Chef Jorge writing a 150+ recipe Pepper Jam cookbook and helping the company take Grandma Jones Pepper Jam on QVC.
As Kris remembers it, “Debuting Pepper Jam on QVC was surreal. It felt like we won a Super Bowl commercial. In less than 4 minutes we not only sold thousands of jars of product, but we affirmed that there is something very special about Grandma Jones Pepper Jam.”
Grandma Jones’ Pepper Jam continues to be sold online and at select brick and mortar locations throughout the United States.
It remains our pleasure to offer you limited access to our Grandmother’s cherished recipes.
Kristopher and Robyn Jones
Rick and Melanie Jones
Jennifer and Jonathan Runquist