Shroud 5


Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me: Hey you, please log in! I am also at Dooyoo and Epinions, and variations of my reviews may also be found there :P I am a freelance author and pro reviewer of manga, light novels, and Korean manwha. Find me at my blog, The Kimi Chan Experience!

Member since:16.08.2001


Members who trust:69


Heinz and Shoulders above the Rest


superior viscosity, subtlety of flavours play across palette and compliment food

more expensive, but you get what you pay for

Recommendable Yes:

22 Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful See ratings
very helpful by (100%):
  1. existtoinspire
  2. quan
  3. hollywoodmum
and 33 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on

~~~~History of ketchup~~~

Ketchup traces its origins to the Far East, long before the humble tomato made its global debut. The word we know comes from the phrase 'kitjap manis". It refers to a sauce made with fish. This fish sauce was brought to Europe by sailors and embellishments were added, most notably mushrooms, and mushroom ketchup can still be purchased at UK supermarkets today. Just who added the tomatoes is uncertain, but as tomatoes are natively American plants, it is believed that this happened over the pond sometime before 1800. For it was in 1801 that a recipe for tomato ketchup as we generally know it appeared in a cookbook called "Sugar House Book". It ascended into American popularity as a must have after Thomas Jefferson’s cousin, Mary Randolph, penned her own tome, "The Virginia Housewife". To imagine the impact, pretend Mrs Beeton had placed this recipe in her book. You get the picture. It became such a rage that farmers began bottling the sauce and selling it, getting the attention of food manufacturers.

When the public wants a food, let there be a price! So it was that H. J. Heinz saw an opportunity and took it after bottled ketchup became a national phenomenon thanks to a man named Jonas Yerks. Believe it or not, THIS was the man who first put a bottle on every grocer's shelf. He took his bottled ketchup and actively marketed in across America. He did so well over the next forty years, Heinz wanted a piece of that pie. Heinz realised that to get their ketchup on every table, it had to stand out.

Ketchup at the time was like a lot of the uber cheap and nasties today...watery, thin, and made with unripe tomatoes. Heinz decided to experiment until they came up with the perfect recipe. The sauce was improved in consistency and taste by first picking only fully sun ripened tomatoes, and then pickling them first. This preserved the tomatoes for longer shelf life, and the tomatoes also deepened in flavour intensity due to their ripeness. Being also higher in pectin due to ripeness, this also thickened the sauce to its popular consistency.

Soon, the familiar glass bottle with the Heinz 57 logo was on shelves across America, in nearly every household cupboard, and made its way across the Atlantic. Tomato ketchup was a worldwide sensation. And as a bit of trivia, the 57 does not refer to 57 varieties of ketchup. The 57 varieties was actually a marketing slogan, to demonstrate the large varieties of foods Heinz sold.

~~~So why do I prefer Heinz?~~~

Firstly, I like the viscosity of Heinz. Thick, but able to be spread easily, it doesn't drip watery bits, nor does it tend to drop large red splodges unless over liberally applied. The viscosity (or thickness lol) of the sauce Heinz makes also make it a great base for making a brush on and no drip into the fire quality barbecue sauce. The insistence on only using 100% sun ripened tomatoes also adds a unique depth of flavour to the ketchup.

Upon tasting it, the taste buds are delighted with a tart tanginess, a very mild saltiness, and a hint of sweetness, all playing over the palette. The ingredients are superior, and it shows. No sharp bitter tang of acridity from too much vinegar to compensate for the over sweetness of an unripe tomato. No heavy lacing of sweeteners to overlay that same tang. No large addition of flours to make this more of a cold gravy than a ketchup sauce, with the resulting loss of glossiness, and smooth silky feel to the tongue. One is left afterwards with a hint of the garlic and onions that deepen the flavour, but without overpowering it. This is more than a mere condiment..The subtleties of flavour and the richness of texture make this a true sauce, albeit one to use sparingly.

~~~Cost and Comparison~~~
Heinz comes in a large variety of sizes and bottle styles these days, nearly all a squeezy bottle. But the average sized bottle of competitors is a 1 kg bottle, so let's talk turkey about that size. I buy mine at Asda as I do my big shop there. Tesco and Sainsbury's prices will be not far behind, so it should give you a pretty darn good idea what it costs.

Smart Price ketchup....runny, overly sweet at first, then acrid...only comes in 554 g bottles, so need two...54 p each

Asda ketchup...thicker, less runny, but none of the subtleties of flavour and delicacy of spicing I favour with Heinz..1 kg bottle 86 p

Daddies...1 kg bottle, good consistency, not enough garlic, slightly too strong a tomato flavour with it being a bit in my face, 1.38

Heinz, top down style bottle, 910 g, 1.69 a bottle or 1.35 kg upright squeezy bottle, 2.49

~~~nutritional value~~~

Like most sauces, gravies, and condiments, ketchup is not overly good for you in large amounts, due to its sugar content. It does have redeeming nutritional value however, so don't feel TOO awful if your kid will only eat his veg if he has some ketchup to dip it in!

1 tablespoon has 15 calories, 4 grams carbohydrates, and is fat free. Being made principally of tomatoes, it is also high in the antioxidant Lycopene as well as vitamin C.

~~~My verdict~~~

I LOVE Heinz ketchup. Nothing else compliments my homemade burgers, tops my meatloaf, or makes a base for my homemade barbecue sauce like this product. While I am budget minded, this is one of my no compromise unless completely broke products. We don't eat masses of it, but when we do, it had better be Heinz.
  Write your own review

Share this review on

« Previous review   Next review »

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

Miskah 17.07.2007 23:50

Great review ♥Beth

flystar 12.07.2007 03:20

Heinz ketchup tastes like no other. I buy the largest possible bottle in Iceland.

maisiemouse123 11.06.2007 00:28

Great review - makes me want a fish finger sandwich smothered with some :) - Karen x

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Squeezy Bottle »

1 to 1 out of 1 similar offers for Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Squeezy Bottle
2 Packs of 10 x Heinz Tomato Ketchup Squeezy Fl1.35

2 Packs of 10 x Heinz Tomato Ketchup Squeezy Fl1.35

 Visit Shop  >
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  refer to website

Product Information »

Product details

Type Ketchup
Manufacturer Heinz

Show all Product Information

More reviews »

Review Ratings »

This review of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Squeezy Bottle has been rated:

"very helpful" by (100%):

  1. existtoinspire
  2. quan
  3. hollywoodmum

and 33 other members

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

Heinz Green Tomato Ketchup

Heinz Green Tomato Ketchup

(+) Kids like it, original
(-) Looks like snot

User reviews (13)

Buy Now

Heinz Reduced Sugar and Salt Tomato Ketchup

Heinz Reduced Sugar and Salt Tomato Ketchup

(+) Less sugar, less salt, same great taste.
(-) All the carbohydrate per 100g is still all sugar

User reviews (5)

Buy Now

Heinz Mayonnaise

Heinz Mayonnaise

(+) Creamy, thick, versatile
(-) hard to find believe it or not

User reviews (2)

Buy Now

Are you the manufacturer / provider of Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Squeezy Bottle? Click here