Posts Tagged ‘Ketchup’

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Almost caught up … I can feel myself reaching the finish line… well … I’m almost caught up with the box reviews … as for the individual reviews … that almost seems like a losing battle.  ha!

July’s Knoshbox was just a wee bit disappointing for my adventurous side, because there were a couple of products in this box that I’ve already sampled and reviewed.  (To read my reviews of these products, just click on the name of the product.)

There are two samples of Sir Kensington’s Ketchup:  Original Gourmet Scooping Ketchup and the Spiced Gourmet Scooping Ketchup.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to be getting more of this ketchup because I love the stuff … but, I’m already a customer of Sir Kensington’s and have been ordering directly from them for a while now.

Then there are the Elephant Ear Marshmallows from 240Sweet.  Again … happy to be able to consume these again, but, I’ve already tried this flavor!  I would have loved to get a flavor I haven’t tried from them yet.

Oh well, the box isn’t a total loss … because there are some worthy products that I look forward to trying, including the Toasted Sesame Seed crackers from Castleton Crackers.  These are graham crackers!  Having tried Castleton Crackers previously, I’m thrilled to be able to try another variety from this company.

Also in this box there is a bag of Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips from North Fork and a huge S’more cookie from S’more Bakery.  Unfortunately, my cookie got smashed in transit.  Hopefully it will still taste yummy!

I’ll be sure to post reviews of the three items I’ve not yet tried from this box soon!

Where to Buy:  Sir Kensington’s on Foodzie

Price:  $8.99 for an 11-ounce jar

Product Description:

Reminiscent of my time spent in Mesopotamia, this spiced variant of ketchup contains jalapeno, cilantro and lime. The spice is noticeable but not overbearing, delighting the palates of both the spicy food lover and those with more delicate taste buds.

What I Think:

After falling completely in love with the original Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup, I knew I had to try the Spiced variety.

This is very similar to the original “non-spiced” variety.   This ketchup has the same, deep red color of the original variety, and has the same fresh tomato-y taste.   The most significant difference is – surprise, surprise! – the spice level.  Now, this is not what I would classify as “spicy.”  It is pleasantly warm.  A little spicier than the average ketchup but not quite as spicy as a mild salsa.

The presence of the jalapeño pepper in this ketchup makes the flavor of the bell pepper less apparent.  I don’t taste much from the cilantro, but what I do taste is the lime.  It accents the overall flavor, offsetting the sweetness of the ketchup, making this taste not quite as sweet as the original while at the same time highlighting the spice.

But as I said before, this is not actually a hot/spicy tasting ketchup.  It is mild on the heat scale, but the heat does develop as I continue to eat it.  That being said, I don’t think those who generally shy away from spicy foods would have anything to fear with this ketchup.

My Final Thoughts:

I really like this.  Do I like it better than the original variety?  No, I don’t think so.  But it is still is delicious – delicious enough to eat right out of a jar with a spoon!  And it is different enough from the original that it would be perfectly acceptable to have both in your pantry:  one for every day use, and one when you want to spice things up a bit.

Where to Buy:  Sir Kensington’s on Foodzie

Price:  $8.99 for an 11-ounce jar

Product Description:

Behold my finest creation! This ketchup is made with the ripest red tomatoes, olive oil and green peppers, and is sweetened with agave nectar, brown sugar and honey. Do not settle for anything less than Sir Kensington quality!

What I Think:

I want to start this review by stating that I don’t really care much for ketchup.  When I was single, I didn’t even have ketchup in my house. The only thing I put ketchup on is Breakfast Jacks (yes, from Jack-in-the-Box), and that’s only because I was programmed as a kid to only eat Breakfast Jacks that have been doused in ketchup, and when I bite into one without ketchup it just tastes wrong. In fact, ketchup is one of my pet peeves… err, that is, the act of slathering one’s meal with ketchup is one of my main pet peeves.  (You know how when guests come over for dinner, and someone covers the roast that I’ve spent hours preparing with ketchup?  I hate HATE hate that.)

However, if the ketchup used to defile my roast was THIS ketchup, I might be willing to forgive.  Yes.  This ketchup is that good.  This is extraordinarily good.  It is “wipe the plate clean with my fingers so that I can lick the ketchup off of them” good.

The first thing I notice about this ketchup is the aroma.  I can smell the fresh tomatoes and green peppers.  Then I notice the color and the texture.  Instead of the bright “cherry” red color of a typical ketchup, it has a deep, rich red that verges on the edge of a burgundy color.  The texture is not quite as smooth as a typical ketchup, this is chunkier.  Not like “salsa” chunky, but, this isn’t a ketchup you could squirt out of a squeeze bottle, either.

But the most important thing is how it tastes.  And this tastes really good.  It is sweet, but I don’t find it too sweet, especially when compared to the ketchup you’d find on the grocery store shelf.

This ketchup reminds me of vine-ripened, homegrown tomatoes.  It has that deliciously fresh tomato taste.  The peppers add a really amazing dimension of flavor.  Not spicy; but enough zesty flavor to make this ketchup stand out among the rest. It tastes really fresh and delicious – so good that it will elevate an ordinary pile of fries to extraordinary!

My Final Thoughts:

They call this “Scooping Ketchup” and that’s because you will want to scoop this out with a spoon and eat it.  I even used my fingers to clean the inside of the jar!  Yes, it’s that good.

This month, the theme of our tasting box is:  Childhood Faves, All Grown Up.

The childhood favorites box includes:  the cutest jar of ketchup ever from Sir Kensington’s Gourmet Scooping Ketchup, Marshmallow Crunch Bar from Full Bloom Baking Company, two Simple Squares (coconut and rosemary flavors) from Simple Squares, four pouches of nut butters (honey peanut butter, maple almond butter, classic peanut butter and chocolate hazelnut butter flavors) from Justin’s,  North Fork Sweet Potato Chips from Martin Sidor Farms, and Frrrrozen Hot Chocolate Mix from Serendipity 3.

The first thing I noticed this month is that there’s chocolate in there!  As a chocoholic, I tend to get giddy at the sight of chocolate.  But, I’m just as excited to try some of these other items, including the scooping ketchup, which is a product I’ve been intrigued by for months, but haven’t yet ordered.  Perhaps this sample will be the gentle nudge I need to order some!  I’m also very happy with the nut butters, as I saw these in Chuck’s Produce recently and considered purchasing some … again, these samplings might be just what I needed!

Also included in the box is a map card. Since my previous scans of these cards were pretty difficult to read, I’ve decided to discontinue including them in my post.

I’m so excited I don’t know where to start with these goodies!  Yummy!