Many of us chilli heads are forever chasing the next hottest thing. Nagas are now for the feeble, Habaneros don’t get a look in much anymore and don’t you even dare mention the Jalapeno – only your grandma would think they’re hot. Sometimes though it’s nice just to sit back and relax a bit – sometimes you’re happy with a bit of Mr Vikki’s Max’s Urban Ketchup on your bacon sarnie, so long as it’s tasty.
This handcrafted tomato ketchup isn’t for man tests, that’s not really what it’s about. It is simply a spiced ketchup that tastes great. This deep red sauce, speckled with black and red flakes, stands proud in its 250g bottle filled with fruity goodness.
Tomatoes (145g per 100g), Vinegar, Sugar, Garlic, Spics, Celery, Salt, Habanero Chillies and Pepper.
Jar kindly supplied by Mr Vikki’s
Unlike many of Mr Vikki’s products this sauce doesn’t have quite the same Indian infused aroma to fill the air when the lid is removed. It smells like any other ketchup you’d care to mention with the letter H in it. It’s ketchup, what did you expect?
It’s a little thinner than many ketchups, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing as it makes it far easier to pour out of the bottle, it’s still plenty thick enough to use it as a chip and chicken nugget dipper and a happy replacement as a table condiment.
In the taste department this beats the 57 other varieties hands down. The sauce is quite sweet, with a deep tomato taste, a little bit peppery and a touch tart. There’s a hint of heat there but it dies away very quickly. The aftertaste is pleasantly subtle, certainly a sauce that you can leave on the table for anyone to use without having to worry about stomach cramps.
The styling has been recently changed from a bottle to a jar and weighs it a £4.00 currently on the MrVikkis website – it’s perhaps a little bit more costly than other varieties, but bear in mind this is handcraft by an artisan, not churned out in gallons in a mass production factory.
So if you’re looking for a tomato sauce with a little bit more zing, it is worth giving Max’s Urban Ketchup a try (and why not give its older sibling Harry’s Brown sauce a go whilst you’re there too).