Recently some good friends of ours moved house all the way to France. Just before they left they cleared out their cupboards and we were gifted with a lot of goodies. Amongst them was a bottle of Daddies Brown Sauce which I had never tried being an HP fan myself.
I put this down to the unattractive packaging which always reminds of cartoon colours. The plastic bottle is flat sided and shaped so that it is easy to handle. The main colour of the label is dark blue with the Daddies name highlighted in bright orange rimmed in yellow as are the labels on the front and neck of the bottle. There is also a fist giving a thumbs up sign (I assume that's Daddy) which is surrounded by the logo , Full of flavour. It might be but the packaging is awful!
Daddies was launched in 1904 and is said to be very popular in chip shops in the North, Midlands, Wales and West Country.
During World War II, according to Heinz website, the female workers in the Daddies factory became known as "Daddies Girls" and would often send sauce packages to soldiers on the frontline with notes of encouragement attached. This led to many firm friendships and one or two marriages.
Can this sauce inspire a friendship?
It does have a feisty taste, spicy and vinegary and just a little bit sweet. I'd say that it is tastier than HP but then I'm from the North! It is not too thick and is easy to control out of the flip top lid. The squeezy plastic bottle also does away with the problem of a too large blob of sauce landing on your chips. The colour is a rich brown a little bit grainy on the plate but very tasty with both the vinegar and the sweet ingredients coming through.
What makes it so tasty?
They're not going to give away all their secrets but here are the ingredients on the bottle:-
Spirit Vinegar, Water, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Molasses, Malt Vinegar (from barley), Sugar, Dates, Modified Cornflour, Rye flour, Salt, Spices, Flavouring.
As for allergy advice it states that it contains gluten Barley and Rye.
I will not bore you with the nutritional advice as most people, like me, just have a splash on their plate but the salt equivalent for one 15g serving is 0.2g, 6g being the advised daily limit.
I really like it! It is excellent with all things like bacon and eggs and ham. A splash livens up a stew or casserole, a soup or spaghetti sauce, or shepherd's pie. Use it as part of a BBQ sauce or a marinade. It's really versatile and of course with good old fish and chips.
I have overcome my prejudice about the label and if this is more economical than HP I'll be buying Daddies.
Prices 1.39 pounds for 400g 1.85 pounds for 600g .Available in most supermarkets.
5 out of 5 for Daddies.
Daddies Brown Sauce has been my favourite sauce for as long as I can remember! Ketchup has never been my thing (although I do prefer Ketchup on chips!) and coming from an Afro-Carribean background, I love the spicyness that you get from this sauce.
I have tried other brands of brown sauce in an attempt to save a few pennies, but I have found that it just wasn't worth it. Other brands taste more sugary and in the end I ended up throwing them away because they didn't come up to scratch!
So to the main product. Daddies sauce can be bought in a glass bottle or a plastic squeezy bottle. I tend to buy it in the squeezy bottle as you can control how much you have, rather than shaking the bottle over your food and getting more than you bargained for! The squeezy bottle comes in at around 89 pence for 400g and £1.84 for the 680g bottle. The glass bottle comes in slightly cheaper from around 70 pence. As I said above, the quality and taste of the product definitely warrants spending a bit more.
When you open the bottle, the first thing that hits you is the smell. There is a lovely, mildy spicy whiff that passes by your nostrils, followed by a hint of sweetness to balance things out. As it is a product for the mass market, you don't want to put everyday customers off with an overpowering spicy sauce!
It is a nice mix of hot and sweet - there is that initial heat but it disappears slowly - it doesn't linger uncomfortably and you won't need to reach for a pitcher of water to rescue you!
Daddies Favourite Brown Sauce
This sauce has been around for what feels like forever and is easily recognisable. It comes in a clear bottle (glass or squeezy) with a blue label and the Daddys logo on the front.
A 400g bottle of this sauce cost me £0.90 from my local shop. it is available in most shops and supermarkets.
Remember to shake this sauce before using, it is much easier to use the squeezy bottle as it ensures that you get the right amount out of the bottle quickly each time.
This is my favourite brand of brown sauce, it is thick, rich and tangy and the perfect accompaniment to corned beef sandwiches. cheese toasties, chips and bacon sandwiches. In fact, there is a list too long to mention of foods that this sauce goes well with.
Nutritional Information (per 15g Serving) is as follows;
of which is sugars 2.9g
of which is saturates Trace
Salt Equivalent 0.4g
This sauce is the perfect combination of fruity, tangy and piquant and in my opinion, the best brown sauce on the market. I have tried other brands but keep returning to this one, because it has the edge on the rest. If you haven't tried it, then give it a go, you may find that you like it as much as I do!
My favourite condiment at the moment is brown sauce. I am going through a stage of having it on almost everything - sandwiches, chips and even beans on toast. Usually im a usual HP kinda girl, however being on a 'credit crunch' month I decided to go for a cheaper option - Daddies.
I bought a squeezy bottle of this daddies sauce from my local Adsa. It was a 400g bottle and cost me less than £1.50. Its a very dark brown sauce and very easy to get out of the squeezable bottle. Like most other brown sauces this is a conbination of fruit, vinager, salt and sugar. Its tastes GREAT.
It is by far the best brown sauce I have ever had, it has the very tangy taste that most brown sauces have yet is not too 'spicy'. It tastes great on most things. As this Daddies sauce is cheaper than most others and tastes better I will continue to buy it. If you have not tried it I recommened you do!
I don't like tomatoes so one thing that I don't have with my food is Ketchup (unlike my children who seem to get through Ketchup as though it's going out of fashion).
However I do like sauce with a number of my foods.This is one of the only brown sauces that does not contain any tomato. So I was really happy to see that it is now being sold again in my local Tesco - I hadn't manged to get a bottle for about 2 years after scouring many of the shops. I have been doing a bit of surfing and apparantly this was linked to the factory closing in Birmingham and production being moved to Holland. (The label says it is manufactured in the Netherlands)
This packaging is now a plastic squeezy bottle - it always used to come in a glass bottle with a top that always used to get encrusted with bits of sauce - I hated the job of cleaning it. Also the sauce usually needs a good shake so if the lid hadn't been put on properly you could end up redecorating your dining room before you expected to!!!
I bought the 400g bottle at 87p they did have a bigger size of 680g for £1.95. Don't buy the bigger version it is much more expensive than buying 2 smaller bottles.
The consistency of this sauce is great for sandwiches - I love corned Beef and brown sauce and a Bacon sandwich really isn't a bacon sandwich without a drop of sauce.
The flavour is tangy and is not as fruity as some of the other brown sauces (I'm afraid I have to rely on comments from others in my family on this as I only like this brown sauce!!!).
This is agreat condiment to have in the cupboard
When it comes to sauces my household loves them and we don't half get through them on a weekly basis lol. I couldn't eat a 'plain' dinner if I tried and I literally cover my dinners (or whatever) in an array of sauces regularly. One I do love of course is brown sauce! Can you beat a bacon and tomato sandwich with a blob of this on?! A big old fry up without brown sauce would be sacrilege, in fact I wouldn't eat it!
Anyway we normally have Hp sauce and in honesty I hadn't seen 'Daddies' sauce in years! I even noticed my Mother had 'Red Daddies' as well for use to try out!
Well personally I have only seen this in one size and in a squeezy bottle (this one). I have checked various supermarkets (online) so I would be able to list them for you for the purposes of this review but I can't! So Mine is a 400g squeezy see-through plastic bottle with a white plastic flip top lid to the top of it concealing a small hole. The front label is light and dark blue with a mans drawn on hand giving you a thumbs up on it. In yellow and red writing I'm told it is 'Full of flavour' Daddies Favourite Brown Sauce and the size is stated in white in the bottom right hand corner. On the back label it is the same colour scheme and again I'm told what it is, nutritional information, ingredients and allergy advice are given along with storage details, contact details for H.J Heinz are given (the manufacturer of the product) again the weight is displayed, there is recycle symbol displayed and finally there is a bar-code on there. I do like squeezy bottles and I do appreciate being able to see the brown sauce through the bottle properly so I don't have an emergency of ever running out!
The Sauce Itself....
Well it's a very dark brown and slightly glossy and although it pours out of it's container really well it really is quite thick (not too thick though!). A little bit sticky, this is really very fruity and very tangy and flavoursome. the only fruity ingredient I can see in the ingredient list given on the back of the bottle are dates. I would have guessed at other fruits such as sultanas and raisins and things being in it but not according to the ingredient list!
The flavour is well blended however with salt, sugar and spices (as well as a few other things of course) but the most of the taste is made up from malt and spirit vinegars. It really does deliver a tangy and slightly sour taste to the whole proceedings but fruity and not too harsh none the less!
All In All....
A really nice consistency of brown sauce. Very highly favoured but avoids being too sugary or too salty. It's simply a brown, fruity sauce but you must like vinegar to like this cos it is packed with a zingy punch but it won't blow your head off at the same time!
Contains Gluten, Rye and Barley. Contains no artificial colours or preservatives.
Nutritional Information Per 15g Serving....
of which is sugars 2.9g
of which is saturates Trace
Salt Equivalent 0.4g
Readily available in supermarkets and the likes and our bottle was £1.59 in Sainsbury's.