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What Jill's Complements Can Offer...

I have delicious gourmet products for you to enjoy at home, and I also cater for events in the Whanganui area. I make celebration cakes, afternoon teas, finger food, buffets, grazing tables, and even wedding cakes. Get in touch with me today to make your next event extra special!

Cake Maker

The Jilly's Story so far...

Hi, I’m Jill, cake lady, jam queen and chef, with over 25 years professional experience. 

Whilst living in Ireland, and after trying every raspberry jam brand available at the supermarket, and not particularly liking any of it, I realised I needed to make my own. I made too much for just myself so began sharing it with friends and colleagues, especially my boss, who, after one taste, kept me supplied with raspberries as long as I kept him stocked with really good jam because his family couldn’t get enough of it!

I realised not everyone was fortunate enough to come from a family with a strong line of very talented cooks, bakers and preserve masters.  I had learnt from the best just what really good jam was supposed to taste like.

I returned home to New Zealand after living in London, then Dublin for many years, and started working on my dream of making my own products.  I have built up my Jilly’s range so you too can enjoy really good Jams, Jellies, Compotes and Relishes at home that taste like what your nan used to make, and some of them even better, because my nan never made Jilly’s Chilli! My great nan did however make really good shortbread and thankfully I have the recipe.

​I can be found in person at the Whanganui River Traders Market most Saturday’s with my Jilly's range of really good jams and relishes, along with freshly made biscuits, and my highly addictive, award winning seed crackers.  

Jillian Hermansen - Founder
Jillian Hermansen



Justine W

Totally a fan of Jill's scrumptious products.  Great selection of divine goodies, fast delivery and very happy recipients. I have sent these gift boxes nationwide for birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and 'just because'. Fabulous way to send someone special something special.   

Nicola S

There is simply no one better at getting your taste buds to party than Jilly! Such moreish, delicious complements that are just yum! Whether you fancy something sweet, or savoury is more your thing, she has it all, it's just hard to choose.  The worst thing is when you empty that jar and find you have no more. Luckily every time I have ordered, it's been on my doorstep in a day or two, and so well packaged. Thanks Jilly!!

Stacy A

Absolutely beautiful products and packaging.

Super fast courier and a delightful chef!

Thanks so much.



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