Thursday, June 17, 2010

Chili Sauce Gets a Mango Facelift (and renamed as Ketchup)

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A hexagonal bottle of Heinz' Chili Sauce was probably last seen in the side compartment of the Golden Girls' fridge (RIP Dorothy, Blanche and Sofia). In our long ago childhood we remember our grandparents keeping the stuff, but unsure whether it was ketchup or cocktail sauce, we avoided it almost completely. Yet when served with home fries and eggs, a young DP Collective found the ever-so slight tingle of peppers enticing.

In the business of refreshing nostalgic memories, and updating them to our contemporary tastes, The DP Chutney Collective has just jarred our first batch of Mango Chili Ketchup, based on the (admittedly pretty genius) concept of spicy ketchup.

We're pretty certain we've improved the current Heinz recipe which officially label-lists as its ingredients: : Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste, Water), Distilled White Vinegar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Corn Syrup, Dehydrated Onions, Spice, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavoring.

No need to fret over The Collective ever using dehydrated vegetables, corn syrup or the mysterious entity known as "natural flavoring"; we brew only whole tomatoes with ripe mangoes, onions, garlic, two varieties of chilies (to a point: fresh Thai green and dried red), organic ginger root, fresh pineapple juice and a maelstrom of tropical and regional spices to sculpt a truly complex-flavored condiment redolent with numerous lingering after-notes. And Heat Seekers (so long clamoring to The Collective for fire) will heart our Mango Chili Ketchup's sharp bite of chilies. We promise.