Critics Cupboard: New Heinz ketchups

Canton Repository staff report

Heinz No Salt Tomato Ketchup

14.25-ounce bottle, $1.79

Heinz Reduced Sugar Tomato Ketchup

14-ounce bottle $1.99

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Jennifer Mastroianni:  Wow. What a shocker. I expected Heinz’s “No Salt” and “Reduced Sugar” ketchups to taste bland and boring. Unbelievably, they don’t. Despite a 100 percent cut in salt and a 75 percent cut in sugar, these ketchups taste just like the original. Goes to show you that this product is really all about rich, ripe tomatoes.

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Saimi Bergmann: When it comes to brand loyalty, I have none. I’m fickle, switching brands for curiosity or a sale. Except ketchup. I buy Heinz. Always. So I was flabbergasted to find a ketchup I like as well, if not better. It’s Heinz Reduced Sugar Ketchup. In a side-by-side taste test, the reduced-sugar ketchup seemed to let the tomato and vinegar flavors shine, while the original seemed a bit too sweet. The no-salt version was flat and sickeningly sweet. Per tablespoon, the reduced-sugar ketchup has 5 calories (1 gram carbs), compared with 15 calories (4 grams carbs) in the original ketchup.