Product Type: Asda Sauces / Soups
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Asda Smart Price Tomato Ketchup
Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup
Member Name: Delphine57
Asda Smartprice Tomato Ketchup
Advantages: Price, Taste, Quality glass bottle
As the purse strings tighten on each shopping trip, I have found some of the more favourite products that I normally buy (in this case, Heinz tomato ketchup) are gradually been replaced with cheaper 'own brand' alternatives. In this case when last out shopping, having reviewed the price comparisons on each and every shelf in the sauce section, I decided to try the absolute bargain priced 20p Asda Smart Price Tomato Ketchup, in a jolly decent sized bottle of 550 grams. It has no artificial colours or flavours and looked rather appetising with a big chip dripping with sauce on the front - I was sold on both the price and the image and I duly popped it into my trolley.
Personally, speaking the glass bottle it comes in seemed somewhat better quality than the plastic ones and with a full 550 grams I was happy with the whole package.
What I like also about pretty much all of Asda's own label products it the 'Try me, Love Me' guarantee, so if I had tried it and been disappointed I could have returned it in store for a full refund. However, this was not necessary as I thought it was absolutely delicious.
~~The Taste Test ~~
So of course on getting it home, the most important factor overall is the taste test. The taste is very of very full flavoured tomatoes, as one would expect, although personally it has a sharper more vinegar back note to it. The consistency is a runnier than say a Heinz version. I found this was to be a distinct advantage -as given it was contained in said glass bottle I found this to be better as it came out of the bottle with ease, although if you tip it at too straight an angle you may found you get more on the plate than you wanted! However there really was no faffing about banging the bottle and wanted an age for it to come out (whilst your chips got cold) like you have to with some of the more thicker expensive ketchups. I particularly liked the design of glass bottle (some may think of the style as a little old fashioned). However I found, it has a nice weight to it despite how much content is left, and the top seems to stay cleaner compared to the flip top plastic bottles that constantly fall over there is less than a quarter left in it.
All in all this product is one I would actually purchase now over Heinz even if there was no budgetary constraints. I have been highly impressed by its flavour, not only for chips, I have also used the odd slosh or so in chilli's and other dishes to give the recipe a boost.
At 20p for a nice big bottle it really is a great buy, even if you are a big fan of the more expensive products, it is a good back up to have in your store cupboard should you run out and need to bridge the gap for until shop day.
Another bonus is it has no hydrated fats and each serving (1 tablespoon) is 19 calories. Some of the ingredients also include cinnamon extract, coriander extract, onion powder and clove; although I cannot say I tasted any of these flavours individually they do add to the spice of the flavour to give to enhance the rich tomato taste.
I give this 5 stars ***** on price, taste and bottle.
Summary: A super value product that pasts the taste test with flying colours - in my opinion
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