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Feb 4, 2010 07:56 PM

Heinz® "new" Ketchup packet

Oh my ... how fun.


See the evolution of ketchup packaging in pic below.

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  1. A. The people at Heinz have too much time on their hands

    B. Um, did they really think thru the 'fun facts''?

    How much landfill is used by those packets that reach to the moon and back? Maybe enough to create a building the size of the Empire State building ... don't know actually how big a pile that would be, but that's gotta be a lot of empty packets

    C. I hate it.

    I hate it because it won't fit easily in my fast food ketchup stash cannister

    I hate it because I have recipes calculated to the old single-serve packets

    Really, I could precisely squeeze ketchup with the old single serve packet. I mean is that what they had people writing them about .... we want to squirt ketchup with more precision?

    9 Replies
    1. re: rworange

      I think I heard they're not rolling the new design out for a few months, which gives you hoarding time before the ketchapolyse. I can't get the old packets open without scissors any more so I will be an early adapter.

      1. re: Samalicious

        They will continue to make the old style packets because the new ones will cost more and not everyone will convert.

      2. re: rworange

        New Coke is on line 1.

        Says he wants his R&D budget back ...

        1. re: rworange

          Here's what you do, next time you make a dish with the squeeze packs, squeeze them into measuring spoons, then you'll know exactly how much you need.

          1. re: rworange

            " I hate it because I have recipes calculated to the old single-serve packets "

            wait, wait, wait! first, you have recipe(s!!) that call for prepared ketchup and TWO.....ones that specifically call for a certain number of single serve packets?? may I be the one to ask what I am sure others are thinking, and that is.....WTF?

            P.S. I mean that in a humorous, ribbing kinda way!;-)

            1. re: nkeane

              oh lordy! That, and 'ketchapolyse'; have me in stitches. My response: If it weren't for leftover ketchup and hot mustard packets in my junk drawer, home-made fries and egg rolls just wouldn't be good (who remembers to buy hot mustard? not me!)

              Peace all, thanks for the giggles!

              1. re: nkeane

                Most of those condiment packets break down to about a teaspoon.

                While looking for my threads for the recipes, I decided to just tack them on this thread for condiment package cooking

                1. re: rworange

                  I love my condiment package stash! Great frugal-living tip! We must not be criminals anymore, huh?

                  IMHandperfectlyrightO, SAVING a few extra packets is not the same as blatantly STEALING them just to be frugal (I'm looking at you, you one-dollar a day project folks)

                  I am looking forward to taking your tips, rworange, and diving into my condiments stash! Peace, and thanks!

                  1. re: southern_expat

                    right on southern.... hey, they give you four packets when you go thru drive thru and you only need two. not gonna toss them. No, they go in the glove compartment for roughly 14 months..... (gasp... drive thru???? hey, we are talking ketchup packets, what? you get yours at Chez d'Jour?)

                    funny they look just like the hot sauce packets that TacoHell used to use, but gave up because they were too expensive etc.....

            2. I don't know but I kinda like it. I never can tear the little packets open. It's a joke in our office that somebody needs to open my ketchup packs. I like the dipper idea.

              1. It looks cute... and convenient to be able to dip your fries into the pack instead of squeezing the ketchup onto them and making a mess.

                (They had me at 'cute'...) :P

                1. It's a rigid plastic container with a peel-off top. What distinguishes it is its shape and the fact that one has a choice of two ways to remove the peel-off top, one all the way ("dipping") and one for "pinpoint" application of ketchup ("squeezing.") I bet you can't get the rigid plastic part to flatten all the way, thus leaving some ketchup behind if one "squeezes." The old packets can be squeezed completely empty.

                  I'm going to find out what my restaurant supply house charges for these as opposed to the packets. I bet they're really expensive compared to the packets.

                  4 Replies
                  1. re: shaogo

                    Is there really such a demand for a "new and improved" condiment packet.

                    Who would've thunk it ...

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      It's the emphasis on 'makes it easier to eat fast food in the car' that gets to me. Glurgh.

                    2. re: shaogo

                      Hope you'll post those cost figures for both, shaogo.

                      1. re: shaogo

                        The price issue was what first came to my mind as well. Interesting.

                        1. re: Rmis32

                          let it be known that this was my idea when I was about 6... ;) McD's was a HUGE treat when I was a kid, we went MAYBE four times a year and I recall being shocked that the ketchup was not packaged like the hot mustard for the nuggets and my dad, funny enough, told me maybe someday.... so we had a good laugh over this yesterday... it only took 24 years to happen! HA!

                          1. re: tiffeecanoe

                            with that kind of R&D time, I guess we have no real hope of them developing a Burger that looks and tastes like the ones in the ads, before we are all dead!?