The Tastiest Tomato Ketchup – Mishry Reviews

French fries without tomato ketchup is just not the same, right? Forget the classic pairing of fries with tomato ketchup, even good old Indian snack items like Samosa and Bread Pakora are best enjoyed hot, and with a side of tomato ketchup. But which one is the tastiest, creamiest, yummiest of them all? We tested and tasted the top 6 brands like Maggi, Kissan, Del Monte & Cremica for answers.

After blind-tasting 6 top brands of Tomato Ketchup, with Samosas, Bread pakoras, and French fries, (we aren’t complaining!), we can say that Del Monte’s Tomato Ketchup is the tastiest, creamiest ketchup amongst the 6 brands we tasted.

The Tastiest Tomato Ketchup: Del Monte’s Tomato Ketchup (Original Blend)

 The Tastiest Tomato Ketchup – Mishry Reviews

Del Monte’s Tomato Ketchup

Del Monte’s Tomato Ketchup (Original Blend) rated highest across all our blind tastings. The ketchup’s balanced tangy and sweet flavor was loved by all. It has a smooth, creamy, and thick consistency and has a fresh, sweet and tangy aroma.

Size: 950 gm, Price: Rs. 125*

*At the time of review

The Tastiest Tomato Ketchup: (Runner’s Up) Maggi Rich Tomato Ketchup

Our Review Process:

What Is Tomato Ketchup?

Tomato Ketchup is traditionally made using tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and a variety of spices and seasonings. Onion, garlic, ginger, cloves, and celery are some of the other popularly used ingredients for enhancing the flavor. Good ketchup should be sweet, with some tartness. The tangy, sour taste comes from the use of vinegar which essentially balances out the sweetness. We are talking about classic/plain tomato ketchup here. Spicy/hot and sour flavors will taste very different. It is enjoyed with many things, but most preferred with hot fried foods like pakoras, samosas and, of course, French fries.

The earliest recipe of Ketchup is known to come from China where a similar concoction was used to brine and pickle fish. Later, a version of this arrived in parts of present-day Malaysia and Singapore where the English are known to have first tasted it. The recipe, of course, went through several changes to come close to what it is today, but this is how a south-east Asian brining sauce came to be a favorite European, and later American condiment.

How We Picked Brands

We picked 6 popular brands that are available online as well as offline. We were looking for classic Tomato Ketchup, so special flavorings such as Hot&Sweet, Sweet&Spicy were not taken into account.

Brands We Picked

Mrs. Bector’s Cremica Squeasy Tomato Ketchup (Buy on Amazon)

Kissan Fresh Tomato Ketchup (Buy on Amazon)

Wingreens Traditional Recipe Tomato Ketchup (Buy on Amazon)

Maggi Rich Tomato Ketchup (Buy on Amazon)

Del Monte’s Tomato Ketchup (Original Blend) (Buy on Amazon)

Heinz Tomato Ketchup (Buy on Amazon)

 The Tastiest Tomato Ketchup – Mishry Reviews
Best Tomato Ketchup: We tested 6 tomato ketchup brands

Tasting Methodology

We conducted 3 rounds of taste tests to determine the most appealing flavor. These taste tests included in-house writers and contributors of Mishry, along with a set of external guests we invited for the taste test.

All tasting sessions were held blind, i.e. without the tasters knowing what brand they were tasting, and side by side. The tasters tried the sauce as is first, followed by dipping hot Indian snacks (samosas and pakoras) and French Fries into the 6 varieties.

Brands FlavorConsistencyPercentage of Tomato Paste Presence of Stabilizer
  Heinz   Mildly sweet, more tangy   Runny   26% No mention of stabilizers on the pack
Maggi Tangy Very thick 23.7%   Yes
Kissan Very tangy, mild aftertaste   Smooth   28%     Yes
Cremica Tangy and mildly sweet   Smooth and rich   34.5%     Yes
Del Monte Balanced tangy and sweet Smooth, creamy and thick   29%     Yes
Wingreens Sweet Thick 28%   Yes

Final Conclusion

All taste-sessions unanimously chose Del Monte as the front runner with Maggi a close second. Del Monte was loved by everyone due to its well-balanced sweet and tangy flavor, smooth, creamy consistency (not watery or too thick) and its fresh aroma. Maggi was also liked by most, except a few who did not prefer the sour-kick and tartness at the end.

 The Tastiest Tomato Ketchup – Mishry Reviews

Del Monte’s Tomato Ketchup

Del Monte’s Tomato Ketchup (Original Blend) rated highest across all our blind tastings. The ketchup’s balanced tangy and sweet flavor was loved by all. It has a smooth, creamy, and thick consistency and has a fresh, sweet and tangy aroma.

Size: 950 gm, Price: Rs. 125*

*At the time of review

If you do agree with our review, please give it a thumbs up! If you don’t, please tell us why! And, which one is your favorite from this list.

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  1. Daivik tripathi says

    I have also foodcoast tomato ketchup. Plz contact me for sale

  2. Very genuine review Mishry!! Kudos to you. I also feel that Del Monte Ketchup is the best tasting ketchup in India. It has unique balance of tomatoes, seasonings, salt and tartness. Unfortunately the company does not advertises it and availability is also an issue. Maggi and Kissan have just diluted their quality and have a mediocre quality product. Heinz local ketchup is useless as it’s thin. Cremica and Wingreen are very poor quality product (honestly couldn’t use complete packet, very pasty product).

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