29 June 2010

Ketchup: Heinz Chili Sauce

Ever notice there is no flavored ketchup?  Sure, there used to be Heinz Kick'rs, but that was a short-lived venture (although you can still score the Hot & Spicy).  I regularly mix my own flavored ketchup using Heinz as a base, but when I want to go the easy store-bought route, I turn to Heinz Chili Sauce.

FLAVOR - Sharp vinegar, followed by ketchup/tomato, and finished off with a unique horseradish-like essence
CONSISTENCY - Fairly thick, with whole nuggets of onion and tomato
APPEARANCE - Ketchup red with pepper seeds and small tomato slivers

SMELL - Robust, tangy vinegar and tomatoes, very subtle suggestion of onion
AVAILABILITY - Readily available

INGREDIENTS - Tomato puree (tomato paste, water), distilled white vinegar, HFCS, salt, corn syrup, dehydrated onions, spice, garlic powder, natural flavoring

I would have bet a gallon of Mary's that Heinz Chili Sauce had horseradish in it; apparently, I'd have been wrong.  This sauce is amazing on anything you would otherwise be putting ketchup on...which I realize is probably everything.  It's also the key ingredient in a wide variety of appetizers, ranging from cocktail meatballs to bacon wrapped water chestnuts.  The "chili" is kind of a misnomer, since there is zero heat, but we're not complaining.

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