Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced

Who gets excited about ketchup?

Or catsup? Isn’t it a kid’s thing after all?

Sir Kensington's Ketchup

Not in this case. Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced is for grownups.

It features chipotle peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and hint of coriander.

Spicy enough to amuse the taste buds, it “packs a pleasing punch without sinking the ship”.

While all the world is a-twitter about sriracha this and bacon that (both now in ketchups, by the way), Sir Kensington’s has been quietly proudly making their ketchups and other condiments since 2008.

You just may not have heard of them until now.

Sir Kensington’s is headquartered in a Prohibition-era building overlooking the Hudson River in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

Sir Kensington’s Ketchup comes in beautiful square 11 oz jars, adorned with awesome graphics (a monocled Brit) and witty text.

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Even the Story of Sir Kensington’s is a comedic read in and of itself!

With 50% less sugar and 33% less sodium than regular ketchup, Sir Kensington’s Ketchup is packed with great flavor.

Ingredients: tomatoes, tomato paste, organic sugar, organic distilled vinegar, onions, spices, jalapeños, salt, lime juice concentrate, green bell peppers, cilantro, citric acid.

Sir Kensington's texture

Texture: The texture is remarkable. Thick and rich. Bold.

Aroma: Pungent and sweet. The organic sugar really makes a difference in both the smell and taste. And the vinegar is muted, not sharp, but mellow. Fragrant.

Taste: Sweet and slightly vinegary. Full bodied tomato flavor. Delicious.

Heat: Mildly spicy – just a tingle. Even the kids on their JoovyZoom360UltralightJogging stroller will like this ketchup. (Tell ’em it’s for grownups only!) A great way to introduce the little folks to some chipotle pepper heat. Spicy.

Overall: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Highly recommended!

On Food:

We had Sir Kensington’s Ketchup on french fries of course…

Fries with Sir Kensington's

…and hot dogs.

Hot dog with Sir Kensington's

This is one of the few times I would put ketchup on hot dogs.

Bonus Recipe. Write this down!

Here’s a cute toasted hot dog recipe I grew up with as a kid.

Ingredients:

  • 1 slice American cheese
  • 1 slice white bread
  • 1 hot dog
  • 2 toothpicks

Instructions:

  1. Place american cheese on bread.
  2. Place hot dog on top, diagonally.
  3. Spoon on Sir Kensington’s Ketchup and other condiments.
  4. Fold bread corners over and secure with toothpicks.
  5. Toast / broil until golden brown. Enjoy.

Toasted hot dog with Sir Kensington's

Sir Kensington’s Ketchup – Spiced is one of 7 variants of condiments that they make, and you just must try! Ketchup, Mayonnaise and Mustards are all offered with varying degrees of spice and flavors.

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Where to purchase: Sir Kensington’s is available all over the New York City / New Jersey / Long Island areas at these fine grocers: Sur la Table, Whole Foods, and Fairway.

And of course online at SirKensingtons.com.

Even though we received a few bottles of Sir Kensington’s for review, as I finish writing this… I’ve already gone to their site to order even more – including their mustards. It’s that good!

Disclaimer: We received this product courtesy of the manufacturer for review.

Boulevard 647 Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip

Over at the Boulevard 647 Specialty Food Company, our friend, the Hot Dip Mastermind Dwayne Dittmer, brings us his award winning Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip. The French might call the cheese “bleu” but in America, we say BLUE CHEESE.

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Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip

Spice up your next Holiday or Football party with this delicious Award Winning buffalo cheese dip. It’s an easy heat and eat dip right out of the jar. Or, you can kick it up with some of the many recipe suggestions from Boulevard647.com.

Ingredients: cream cheese, hot sauce, butter, blue cheese, garlic, chipotle peppers, sugar, chili peppers, garlic powder, mustard powder, onion powder, paprika.

Boulevard 647 Buffalo Bleu Cheese Dip won the Chile Pepper Magazine’s 1st Place Award in both Condiment – Specialty, and Snacks – Prepared Dip categories. A double win!

Texture and Appearance: A very thick yellow dip with bits of spices throughout – it’s even gloppy.

Thick dip needs to be heated up.

Thick dip needs to be heated up.

Yes, gloppy is not an attractive word, but I wanted to distinguish it from the smooth, pasty cheese dips you see in the supermarket shelves near the chips. And in this case, “gloppy” is a good thing!

This is NOT thin cheese wiz stuff. But it does need to be heated to make it… well, dip-able. Very thick.

Taste Straight Up: Big bold cheese taste. Spicy on a medium level for a dip. It truly has a buffalo blue cheese flavor. This dip can be very useful. Beware, the salt content is high, but most buffalo sauce flavored recipes can be that way. Versatile.

Heat this dip for best flavor. With chips, it's pungent!

Heat this dip for best flavor. Our homemade pita chips.

Taste on Food: We heated up a cup of this dip to have with our homemade chicken tenders (below) and to dip with some pita chips (above). Pungent.

Our homemade chicken tenders were a perfect match.

Our homemade chick tenders were a perfect match.

Brian: This dip is great for a quickie. Just heat and eat. It was much better with the chicken tenders than it was with the pita chips. While I love blue cheese, I like controlling the amount of it in a dip. I think there could be more blue cheese crumbles versus the cheese mixture. And, like Marilyn says… this is some salty stuff.

Marilyn: This is a little too heavy on the blue cheese for me. I did like the creamy buffalo flavor, but the saltiness is a turnoff.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Mildly spicy. Not too hot for the masses. Just right.

Overall Rating: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – This dip has some promise. You could use it as is, or doctor it up. We think it’s very versatile and worthy of any party dip or veggie tray. Spicy.

Final Thoughts

Label/Graphics: The label and graphics are simple and clean. You know what you are getting.

We like the jar size – for a big party the jar is perfect – for a couple or smaller gathering, just spoon out what you need and keep the rest for later. Classic.

Where to buy: Boulevard 647 also makes a Garlic & Parmesan Artichoke Spinach Dip and both dips are available at http://boulevard647.com

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