Ask Chris: Jam on the Lam

Mrs. Knott’s boysenberries leave the golden state


Q: The Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm recently switched to serving Smucker’s jam. But isn’t it their boysenberry preserves that made Knott’s a household name?

A: Those berries were a big deal for Walter Knott, who popularized Rudolph Boysen’s fruity crossbreed at his Buena Park roadside stand in the 1920s. In 2008, the Knott’s food brand was acquired by Smucker’s. The Ohio-based company is still mass-producing Mrs. Knott’s specialties, but it decided to stop manufacturing the single-serving packets this year because they were being made only for the Orange County restaurant. Which explains the sacrilegious spreading of out-of-state jam on those California biscuits.

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  • Fred

    Knott’s has been declining ever since the Knott family sold the park.

    There are now so many giant coasters there, that it looks like someone dropped Magic Mountain on top of the it, and squashed most of what was quaint and special about Knott’s Berry Farm.

    This final indignity (the elimination of Knott’s jam from Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant) is simply an admission that the Knott’s Berry Farm that so many of us loved is dead.