I discovered Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle in the fall of 2013, and I love it.
Let me briefly cover the word “pickle” in the name, because it gave me pause at first, too. Us North Americans use a very narrow definition of the word “pickle.” It’s usually pickled cucumbers, usually dilled, and usually involves a lot of vinegar. Well, there’s a broader sense of the word that is still used in England, where this product is from, where “pickle” can still mean a preserve in general.
This “Tangy Tomato” is as close to ketchup as damn it is to swearin’, but I’d call it a grown-up version of ketchup.
It’s a bit more tangy than sweet, and is somewhat chunkier and thicker than ketchup. You definitely spoon it rather than pour it. In fact, it’s a lot like some good homemade ketchups I’ve had.
It’s great at the side of a plate of eggs or French fries. It’s also great at the side of a roast beef dinner plate, or a cold salad plate with cold beef or chicken on it. It has an affinity for chunks of cheddar cheese, or for being tucked inside an omelet just before the egg is folded over.
In Toronto, I get it at English import stores. I don’t know why Heinz doesn’t make it in North America. Because there’s another benefit to it, which I haven’t mentioned yet: it’s actually way healthier for you than Heinz’s ketchup, even their healthy variations such as Heinz Low-Sodium Ketchup.
Here is the nutritional information for Heinz Tangy Tomato Pickle.
(That works out to 1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus® per 2 tablespoons. In fact, for 1 Weight Watcher point, you can even have 4 tablespoons. Holy Moly!)
But anyway ignore the nutrition information; if you’re a ketchup lover I’m pretty sure you’ll LOVE this, so if you see it around, give it a try.
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* PointsPlus™ calculated by PracticallyEdible.com. Not endorsed by Weight Watchers® International, Inc, which is the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.