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Best Ketchup?

I just ran out of my bottle of Heinz and would like to try a brand without... or with less... high fructose corn syrup.

Any suggestions?


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    1. re: coll

      I second Heinz Organic. I actually don't like ketchup at all, but I would eat this kind.

      1. re: cooknKate

        Agreed, although if you can get your hands on the Canadian-produced Heinz it's also HFCS-free. It's a different, brighter, taste than Heinz Organic.

      2. re: coll

        I tried to Trader Joe's version of Organic Ketchup and I thought that it tasted like Worcestershire Sauce - I did not like it. Does the Heinz version taste different?

        1. re: Melanie

          The Heinz tastes like tomatoes, believe it or not!

      3. Last year, Cooks Ilustrated did a blind taste test of ketchup and their panelists preferred Hunt's to Heinz. However, I think that Hunt's is just as likely to have the cheap HFCS in it as Heinz is.

        If you want to avoid that ingredient entirely, I would suggest perusing the selection at Whole Foods. You will find a number of brands there without HFCS.

        1. Heinz Organic. It's the ONLY ketchup in a supermarket I'll touch.

          1. Smuckers. The jars are tiny and it can be hard to find, but the traditional tomato taste is deep and rich.

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            1. re: Kelli2006

              Interesting. Have you ever tried Smuckers cranberry sauce? Since OceanSpray started to put in HFCS, I've been trying cranberry sauces that use sugar. I saw Smuckers, but it was in a small jar for $4 ... had real sugar though.

              Anyway, another vote for Heinz organic

              1. re: Kelli2006

                Where do you buy Smucker's ketchup? I bought it a couple of time, but that was
                about 20 years ago. I liked it, but I haven't seen it since. I looked at the Smucker's
                website but didn't see any reference to it.

                1. re: taco_belle

                  Taco Belle, I just looked at Smuckers website and the only ketchup listed was a Dickinson's organic brand that they acquired a few years ago. I still have a few jars in my pantry, but I will ask a friend who works there and look at the company store to see if it is still made.
                  I know that Smuckers no longer makes pickles, and I think their mustard line was also discontinued a few years ago too.

                  Simply Smuckers (company store)1-330-684-1500

                  1. re: Kelli2006

                    Kelli2006 - thanks. So, it's the Dickinson's you have in the pantry? Do you like/recommend it?

                    1. re: taco_belle

                      Taco-Belle, I am sorry for the misunderstanding, as I should have made it more clear. I have 4 jars of the original Smuckers ketchup in my pantry, and I haven't tried the Dickinsons brands. The Smuckers store closed early due to the snow, but I will call in the morning or stop out if they are open.

              2. i'm a old fashion type of girl. i like my heinz ketchup.

                1. I have 'leaned' to eat without the use of Ketchup due to the HIGH sugar content of any nature.
                  One girl told me, her Father put it on everything her Mother cooked.
                  She admitted, that her Mother was a lousy cook. He must have developed a taste for it early in life!

                  1. Heinz Ketchup is kind of like Hellman's Mayo. The standard unless you make it yourself.

                    1. Trader Joe's organic ketchup. I used to eat only Heinz, but like TJ's better.

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                      1. re: LisaN

                        A second on TJ's orgranic. Reasonably priced as well at $1.99.

                      2. Years ago in the Chronicle Food section they did tastings of ketchup.
                        Believe it or not, the Safeway brand ketchup scored very high.

                        I've been using it ever since. So that's my recommendation: Safeway brand ketchup.
                        It's good.

                        1. I like Brooks but don't have any now so I can't read the label. I just googled it but didn't find the info, sorry. It tastes good, anyway!

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                          1. re: xena

                            High fructose, but is the favorite in our house. Best overall flavor.

                            1. re: grover78

                              Well, wouldn't you know it. Darn. Sure does taste good, though. Maybe I'll seek out the Heinz organic and the Trader Joe's version and see about them.

                          2. Heinz but I am diabetic and would love to find something with less sugar.

                            1. no matter what kind you choose rest assured that the natural mellowing agents more than counteract any sugar.

                              1. There was a time when I was a big DelMonte fan. But they've changed. And so have I.

                                Heinz Organic. I find excuses to use it.

                                1. Hands down Heinz is the only one for me.

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                                    HFCS doesn't bother me in the least bit. However, some friends will use other tomato goods or make their own. (Paste or Concentrated Crushed Tomatoes, & Vinegar- etc. :: Sugar, unsweetened, or artificial junk)

                                    EDIT: My choice is Red Gold Ketchup being an Indiana product.


                                    1. Muir Glen makes one that my family simply loves.
                                      Spendy, but good.

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                                      1. re: Lee Ashwood

                                        Would you describe the Muir Glen ketchup as sweet or hot or tangy relative to your basic Heinz?

                                        1. Annie's Organic has no HFCS and has a pronounced two note spicy finish. Bought it when the chowhound discussion first touched on organic ketchup. Then tried the Heinz organic and was disappointed. Give Annie's a shot!


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                                          1. re: Ed Dibble

                                            Annie's is what I have at home...only used it a couple times, but it was pretty good I suppose. I mostly avoid ketchup and other junk food though.

                                          2. I really like the Heinz One Carb. It's getting harder and harder to find, but I still run across it every great once in awhile.

                                            1. I understand, that Ketchup is about 50% refined sugar, and when a company wanted to substitute honey, they were required to all it Artificial Ketchup. Of course, Honey is so much sweeter then refined sugar, that less would have to be used.
                                              Isn't amazing how much ketchup people use on their foods? Must be the sugar addiction.


                                              1. West Brae Naturals Ketchup. Uses fruit juices to sweeten the kethcup. The outcome is a more tangy, vinegary ketchup, which I've grown accustomed to. This may also work for diabetics.

                                                1. I'm a Heinz girl, myself, although with all the recommendations for Heinz Organic, I'll have to try that next time.

                                                  A few years ago, the New Yorker published a really interesting article about why so many people prefer Heinz. Here's the link:


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                                                  1. re: DanaB

                                                    really interesting article. thanks for posting the link. i have recently switched to Heinz organic.....tastes much more like "home."

                                                    1. re: chef chicklet

                                                      LOVE Hunts. It's the only one I'll buy. It's more vinegary than Heinz.

                                                    2. Thanks, everyone... I bought both Heinz Organic and Hunts (my husband was skeptical about the taste of the Organic, so I bought both.) I never thought in a million years I'd have two bottles of ketchup in the fridge, but I do, lol...

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                                                      1. re: katiepie

                                                        So, any verdict about which you like better?

                                                        I was in a store today which had a brand imported from Brazil called "Catchup"

                                                      2. I really like Heinz--down in the Caribbean they have Mabel's, Matucks, and a few other brands but none of them compare to Heinz--Heinz is thicker and has a bit of a tang-I met people who brought it with them when they travel -they had to have their Heinz ketchup--what's with the catsup thing, anyways?why catsup????

                                                        1. Muir Organic all the way