Ketchup: The King of Kondiments

June 4, 2014 | Posted by Charlotte March

Remember those designer imposter perfumes? “If you like Georgio, You’ll love Primo”, promising us that, while we like the real thing, we’d be just as happy, if not more so, with this brand new version! Let’s face it, Primo always sucked. I wanted Georgio.

That is exactly how I used to feel when I would sit down for a burger and fries and someone would offer me the newest, most organic, homegrown variety of ketchup. Just give me the Heinz. Seriously, give me the Heinz.

Heinz has always been the classic, go-to ketchup for a good reason - it’s really delicious. I decided though, with all these other brands on market there had to be something else out there just as good, and dare I say, even better. I went to several stores – Whole Foods, Mollie Stones, Safeway, and few more specialty shops and I found A LOT of different brands. So many so, that I’m still surprised ketchup is no longer American’s #1 condiment. Some were dogs, while others were outstanding and worth seeking out. I still stick by the Heinz but here are some other incredibly tasty options.

The Classic: Heinz Ketchup. Bobby likes to spice his up by stirring in a little chipotle puree for some smoky heat.

The Updated Classic: Sir Kensington Ketchup has terrific sweet tomato flavor, a healthy pinch of allspice, and the perfect amount of vinegary tanginess.

West Coast Pick: Traina’s California Sun Dried Tomato Ketchup – intensely tomato-y with less warm spice flavor than your average ketchup, and great on just about anything from burgers to eggs.

Superbly Spicy: Melinda’s Jalapeno Ketchup. It makes sense the folks behind a deliciously fiery hot sauce would crack code on a spicy ketchup that doesn’t just taste like salsa with added sugar. This is some nuanced heat!