Can you tell the difference? Brand vs No-Name

Years ago I remember being a hard-core Ketchup fanatic and I still am today. I could never dream of anything else but Heinz dripping from my hamburger or drenched on my French fries.  I just loved the flavour and even enjoyed ketchup,mustard and relish on a warm pita. (Don’t knock it until you try it)

I thought for sure I would taste a difference and there was no way someone could fool me.

Well I was fooled and learned a lesson at the same time. Not everyone’s pallets are chef matured and not everyone can tell the difference between Heinz Ketchup and No-Name Ketchup.

My wife managed to save a plastic Heinz bottle and refilled it with the suspect ketchup to see if I would notice. I can envision her smirking in my head each time I gave it a squeeze.

Summer had come and gone and plenty of BBQ parties with friends.What I thought was really Heinz Ketchup was in fact a No Name brand Ketchup.

What I’ve learned from this lesson was that No name products can be just as delicious as the “Super Brands”. Sometimes we tend to reach for the trusted name brands but many times it is what it is, a name.

Try it out at home and see if your family notices the difference. We sure didn’t however the grocery bill did! You can find some no-name products for a fraction of the price comparing them to their higher priced cousins.

Being a frugal shopper is being a smart shopper.

Of course if you are dedicated to your Heinz Ketchup or any other brand and can’t make the change, at least you can say you tried.

Share your findings and any other “Switch Ups” you might have done to fool the gang.

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  1. I definitely think it tastes the same. Some ketchup brands are more watery though, so I did have to experiment with a few different no-name ketchup brands to find which one I liked best.

  2. Mary F Campbell says:

    Actually, I can tell the difference on the ketchup but the one that real makes a difference to me is tomato juice. I love it but I won’t even touch the stuff in the US or the no mae brands…I’d rather do without. There’s a HUGE difference between Canadian Clamato Juice & the US stuff. We have more spice in ours.

  3. Heinz Ketchup is something I am brand loyal to…I can definietly taste the difference between it and no name ketchups!

    • I used to be the same way until I filled Heinz bottles with no name and then forgot about it. I never once made claim that it wasn’t Heinz. Some may be able to tell but I simply wasn’t affected as much. Thanks for your post Jen. Mr.CBB!

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  5. Brilliant!
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