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I consider tomato ketchup very carefully. My favourite until now was Heinz, indeed I was born and bred not two miles from Heinz biggest UK factory. A good second, I guess was Spar own brand. However, I have just discovered Hellman's, and, true to form a product from Unilever, is unbeatable. It has 25% more tomatoes in it for starters. Try it and love it!!! I just don't understand why Morrisons are selling it at a knock down price of just £1 right now. I bought four bottles of the stuff a couple of days ago whilst the going's good. THANK YOU Hellmans for a great taste.Brian
Recently my local Co-op were selling off a lot of there products while having a stock re-shuffle and one product was Hellman's Ketchup well as a fan of their mayonnaise and at 40p I thought why not?
Cost and Stockist
This Ketchup is available in all major supermarkets and would normally be approximately £1.30, although currently on £2 for 2 at Tesco.
What is the product?
Well this Ketchup is made with more tomatoes and with Sun Ripened Tomatoes giving it a more tomato taste than Heinz.
The comparison is that Hellman's have 195g per 100g and Heinz 132g per 100g
Well this Ketchup looked very Red a much darker red more like puree than ketchup and essentially that is what it tasted like a very rich puree and not like ketchup at all.
Well on Saturday there was very nearly a riot in my house as Hubby reached for the ketchup bottle and noticed it was not Heinz well before even trying it he was in a sulk coming out with comments like "if it's not Heinz it is not real ketchup"! My children then followed suit with this tastes funny mummy it's yuck!
Saturday afternoon saw me in Tesco getting some "proper" ketchup and I will not be changing again there are certain products that do not need messing with and Ketchup is one and with half a bottle of Hellman's left it wasn't such a bargain after all! Hellman's should stick to the Mayo !
I like my ketchup to be tangy, not too runny and not to have any extras in like the milk protein Branston put in theirs in order to lower the production costs. It does become apparent when tasting it, so i do not know why these companies bother. If someone wanted to save cost they could just stick with the stores own brand, which although very runny, it does taste similar to the lesser brands. The top two brands seem to be Heinz and Helmanns. Helmanns are known for their mayonnaise products so it isn't surprising that they'd branch out into other condiments. Heinz have a great recipe, although lately it has been a little watery, their prices are also a bit higher than others. It does have a distinctive taste that no other ketchup can match though.
Now Helmanns have produced a ketchup that can compete with Heinz price wise. But can it compete taste wise? Well, Taste wise, the sauce is thicker and you can taste the freshness of the sun ripened tomatoes, it also has a tangy taste although it seems a little sweeter which is not necessarily a bad thing. It isn't as tangy as the Heinz sauce which does let it down a bit, but all in all, it goes better with certain foods such as with fish and chips, as the other lesser sauces tend to turn the fish and chips soggy. I would still use the Heinz as my main ketchup though due to that distinct tangy flavour.
Hellmanns tomato ketchup - I've only seen this in the last few months.
One of the selling points of this sauce is it claims over 40% more tomatoes than Heinz - with 195g/100g as opposed to 132g/100g. The calories come in at 16cal/15ml as opposed to heinz at 18cal/15ml.
The sauce is currently on offer in Tesco at £1 for 430ml, it's usually around the £1.30 mark when not on offer. They now do larger family size packs - sainsburys has this (750ml) at £2, usually £2.49, their 430ml is at £1.57. When not on offer this is often not as good value as large packs of other brands.
Hellmann's sauce is a fairly standard shaped sauce bottle, with a blue cap. There's the name and the 40% extra tomatoes below, with the amounts and the ingredients on the back.
The sauce is thicker than many of the other brands you get off the shelf, and doesn't appear to separate as much as other brands. It's a very rich red colour like you'd expect from a good quality tomato sauce.
Always the most important part! It's a very strong tomato flavour compared to mot others I've tried. I love the flavour, but it's also less sweet than many - I'd imagine for some people the flavour may actually be far too strong and possible a little sharp. So while I love this, I'd only recommend this is you like a good flavour!
Overall, this gets 5* from me - but I'd definitely grab a small bottle on offer as it may just not suit people who are used to a milder flavour.
I go through Tomato Ketchup like its going out of fashion, every since I was a kid tomato ketchup played an important part at meal times. Thankfully I no longer feel the need to put it on certain meals like roast dinners but its definitely a must have if i'm having anything with chips (which can be quite regular).
When I go shopping I always check to see if there are any offers on as I do tend to go through quite a lot, so the more offers the better. I usually buy Heinz or Branston Ketchup but the last time I went to Morrisons the only one on offer was Hellmanns Tomato Ketchup. So I thought why not, Hellmanns is a brand name so it must be pretty good.
I am now half way through the bottle and I have to say its not as tasty as I thought it would be, the consistency is a little runnier than the other leading brands & it always looks like it has lots of air bubbles in it. Saying that though it is still edible and I have been able to enjoy my junk food still.
The bottle has 430ml of sauce in it, it is a squeezy bottle so it makes the amount you put on your plate a little easier to control. It states on the front lable that there are over 25% more tomatoes (i'm assuming from there last attempt although I didnt know until last week that they made tomato ketchup). The Ketchup is suitable for vegetarians and the bottle is also recyclable which I always think is a good thing.
Each 100ml contains 94kcals, 0.1g of fat & 2.46g of salt so overall its not too bad.
I personally will be going back to Branston or Heinzs on my next shopping trip as I find them much tastier than the Hellmanns. I bought the Hellmanns for £1.00 from Morrisons and it is usuall priced at around £1.69.
I love a blob of ketchup on just about anything and get through tons of the stuff on a weekly basis. To my mind you can't beat Heinz (the brand I've grown up with) though purchasing just that can be a costly business so when I spotted this on offer from a brand I trust costing just a pound (on offer) in Asda I thought it had to be very worth a trial run.
My bottle is 430ml in size and a see-through squeezy bottle and it has a dark blue flip-top lid to the bottom of it concealing a small hole. On the front label there is a picture of tomatoes and I am told that it is Hellmann's Tomato Ketchup and that it contains not artificial colours or preservatives and that it now has over 25% more tomatoes (compared to Heinz). On the back label other information listed includes ingredients and an at a glance nutritional chart being given along with a full nutritional chart, I am told the size (as I've listed already) and that it is suitable for Vegetarians, the best before date is clearly stated and contact details for Hellmann's are given. Nice enough, easy to handle bottle and this does of course come in lot of other sizes too.
The Sauce Itself:
The sauce is of course and as you would expect it to be, red in colour and not too runny though it does squeeze out of its bottle with real ease. This is a tangy ketchup that really does taste of fresh tomatoes, is nicely and naturally sweetened however for me this is rather vinegary and a little to tart. It is nicely seasoned though and if you like slightly tart and very tangy ketchups then this could be right up your street but although I ate this over the course of a week I won't be opting to purchase it again any time soon and am going back to the original and the best Heinz ASAP!
Nutritional Information Per 15ml Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets and prices do vary on the size you purchase but the size I got is on offer in Asda at the time of writing this review for a pound a bottle, and its huge!