The Urban Flavour Factory – Jalapeno Ketchup & Smokin’ Ketchup

by Thelurch on June 14, 2012 · 0 comments

in Product Reviews


The Urban Flavour Factory - Jalapeno Ketchup

The Urban Flavour Factory - Jalapeno Ketchup

I’ve tasted many Chilli Ketchups, all different, varying heats and extra flavours but here we have two different Ketchups from the same company. I have to say before I start, that I am more of a Brown Sauce man than a Red Sauce man but that will not influence this review.

So firstly, the standard Jalapeno Ketchup, which like the Smokin’ Ketchup comes in a large 280g bottle. The labelling is bright, glossy and professional looking. The Ketchup looks very smooth and fairly thick, not sure how it would compare to the Heinz standard speed test for pouring but it looks fairly similar.

Ingredients: Water, Tomatoes, Sugar, Jalapeno Chilli 8%, Modified Starch, Acetic Acid, Salt, Spices.

As I open the bottle, I smell the tomatoes used (which is a good thing for a Ketchup!) but it smells different to other similar products, it smells like this has been made with tinned tomatoes. I might be wrong but there is a difference in aroma between fresh and tinned.

Tasting reveals a strong tomato flavour and is really quite sweet, sweeter than I was expecting to be honest.

When I review I try to avoid the ingredients label until after the main tasting but I need to look, there’s something else in here and it’s Modified Starch, obviously used as a thickener.

You can tell there is a thickener in there, I’m not a sauce maker but water is the primary ingredient here followed by tomatoes so I can only assume the starch is there to enable the producer to increase volume by thickening up a watery tomato mix.

Don’t get me wrong, this is a nice Ketchup, maybe a little sweet but that is personal preference, and a shame about having to use a thickener.

The Jalapeno Chilli at 8% is very much in the background, you can taste it but I would like to see a little more used, this would still leave the Ketchup suitable for all tastes. The label has a 2 out of 3 chilli rating.

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(7/10)

So on to the Smokin’ variety..

The Urban Flavour Factory - Chipotle Ketchup

The Urban Flavour Factory - Chipotle Ketchup

This has the same great labelling in a yellowy brown colour to re iterate the Chipotle difference. This version has a slightly darker colour to it but otherwise looks the same as the standard.

Smelling this Ketchup, the aroma is very similar but the smokiness is there, and it pours the same as the standard version. The taste is quite different; the Chipotle makes all the difference and seems to hide the sweetness. I much prefer this to the standard and the starch is not as obvious. The Chilli is still at 8% and is still very much in the background.

Ingredients: Water, Tomatoes, Sugar, Chipotle 8%, Modified Starch, Acetic Acid, Salt, Spices.

All in all, these two Ketchups are good; I can see them on the supermarket shelves alongside the main brands.

Flavour
(8/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(9/10)
Overall
(8/10)

More info on both products is available over at www.theurbanflavourfactory.co.uk and their stockists

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