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Heinz’s Mayochup Finally Hits Grocery Stores In The USA This Month

A few months ago, Heinz left it up to their followers to decide whether their popular condiment Mayochup was worthy of a spot on US shelves. After drumming up enough support, they’re finally ready to release it into grocery stores.

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By the end of September, major retailers nationwide, including Walmart, will have squeeze bottles containing just over a pound of the condiment each on shelves. Each comes at a suggested retail price of $3.49, although final price is up to the store.

Of course, Mayochup isn’t anything new. The blend of ketchup and mayo takes on many names depending on where you live, including fry sauce or fancy sauce. Heinz adds a mixture of spices into their version on top of the two condiments, but the taste should still ring familiar for those who are fans of this long-standing sauce.

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Heinz Mayochup Is Officially Coming To The United States

Recently, ketchup giant Heinz debuted a condiment called “Mayochup” in the Arab Gulf States. Despite its current popularity in several parts of the world already, this combo of ketchup and mayo set the internet abuzz, with many people clamoring for it to come to the United States. Apparently, enough have demanded Mayochup’s US debut that Heinz is willing to make it happen.

For those wondering, Mayochup is the same thing as Fry Sauce or Salsa Rosada. They’re all equal blends of mayo and ketchup, just with different names and usages. Fry Sauce is quite popular in Utah, and, as the name implies, is often used as a dip for French fries. The same goes for Salsa Rosada, which is widespread in South America. Colombians are huge fans of Salsa Rosada, and serve it as a salad dressing or a dip for a cold shellfish course.

Heinz utilized a Twitter poll to determine consumer interest in their Mayochup, stating that if 500,000 people voted yes by the time the poll closed, they would honor their word. As of late evening April 13th, 55% of 909,092 voters selected “yes,” which is more than enough to eclipse that target.

Heinz has since officially confirmed that the condiment will hit U.S. shelves, but has not given a specific timetable as to when that will happen. In the meantime, they’re letting the public come up with a different official name to launch the product under. Me? I’m leaning towards “fry sauce.”

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Hit-Or-Miss

Finally, A Scientific Reason Why Ketchup Is So Damn Hard To Pour

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If you’ve ever handled ketchup, you know the struggle of trying to get an even pour on your fries, or burger.

While we’ve kind of just accepted it and tried to figure out our own strategies to get a good pour, there’s actually a scientific reason why ketchup can be such an a-hole.

Ketchup doesn’t act like a normal liquid. Instead, its thickness is constantly changing, depending on how much force we put on it, according to TED-Ed.

When we see ketchup in a bottle, it acts like a solid, but with a little bit of force, it suddenly becomes 1000 times thinner, often leading to our terrible, messy pours.

The reason ketchup acts so unpredictable can be explained through its tiny tomato particles. Whenever we try to pour ketchup, the tomato particles, combined with the liquid from water, vinegar, sugar and spices, start to bump into each other and always cause them to react differently.

Although we often have a complicated relationship with ketchup, the video suggests the best way to get ketchup out, at least from a bottle, is to keep the lid on, give it a few shakes so the particles get a jump start, then pour.

Check out the full explanation of ketchup science below:

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News

Israel’s Ruling That Heinz Isn’t Ketchup Opens Up SERIOUS QUESTIONS

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Isreal’s Health Ministry isn’t too keen on calling “Heinz” ketchup. In fact, thanks to the low tomato paste content, they’re rejecting the brand as the tomato condiment altogether.

According to Time, the ministry says that the product does not contain enough tomato to be worthy of the name ketchup. They ask for a 10 percent minimum.

This leads to the question, how much tomatoes are actually in our everyday ketchup?

We never knew Heinz contained so little, yet here we are with less than 10 percent of actual tomato paste.

Competitor Osem, a food manufacturer, protested about the amount of actual tomato that exists in a bottle of Heinz. While English labels may still call it “ketchup” the brand must be labeled as “tomato seasoning” in Hebrew text.

An importer of the ketchup is working with the ministry to change the 10 percent tomato requirement to 6 percent. Until then, Israeli consumers will be enjoying tomato seasoning with their food.

So currently a 10 percent minimum of tomato paste is required for ketchup to be called ketchup. If it gets any lower, are we still eating ketchup? Israel’s definitely right in the fact that we may very well be drowning our foods in corn syrup, vinegar and sugar that happens to be red.

 

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Massive $40 Billion Merger Will Bring Kraft Foods and Heinz Ketchup Together

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Kraft Foods Group is set to be purchased by a Brazilian private equity firm for what is said to be $40 billion. The deal between the food manufacturer and the firm known as 3G Capital Partners is in advanced talks, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The last year hasn’t been too kind to Kraft. The company was reported to have lost $398 million in its fourth quarter due to poor sales. In February, Kraft’s CFO officially stepped down along with two other executives.

Some of the snack brands Kraft Foods Group is known for are Oscar Mayer, Kool Aid, Jello, Cool Whip and Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

In 2014, HJ Heinz was also purchased by 3G. If the merger goes as planned, it will become third the largest packaged food business in the United States.

The new company will be called Kraft Heinz Company.

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Humor

This Automated Ketchup Dispenser Nails It

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Let’s flash back to 2007. We had the misfortune of watching Spiderman 3 in theaters, Drake started dropping mixtapes, and to that point, all our presidents had always been white dudes.

One thing that unfortunately didn’t catch on in 2007 was the Heinz Automato57. As you can clearly see in the videos below, this could easily have been the future of ketchup squirting.

This remote control ketchup bot showed the potential for ultimate efficiency, as it had the ability to dress multiple hot dogs in a matter of seconds.

However, its accuracy could have used a little work.

You can’t help but wonder what could have been.

And then…

And for good measure…

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Heinz Ketchup, the Perfect Stocking Stuffer

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Sweets

Heinz Ketchup Cake is This Season’s Pumpkin Pie

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I often lament, much to the impatience of those around me, how it’s unfortunate that they don’t carry ketchup chips in the US. As a uniquely Canadian item, you either have to ship it across the border or have visiting relatives and friends fill their luggage with the stuff. Still, I’m craving that salty, savory taste all the damn time.

For those missing the addicting flavor of ketchup-infused grub, this recipe for Heinz Ketchup Cake should hold you over. Think pumpkin spice cake — thanks to the cinnamon and nutmeg — with an extra oomph from the ketchup’s tangy sweetness. If your taste buds are still wary, know that the texture is absolute heaven (thanks to the butter) and that the savory cake pairs gloriously with the cream cheese frosting.

Now, follow this up with some SpaghettiO Cupcakes while you’re at it.

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