This post has been sponsored by True Made Foods in conjunction with NC Blogger Network. I received compensation in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
I put ketchup on my ketchup. There, I said it. I haven’t met a condiment I don’t like, but ketchup is right there at the top of my list. Strange to me, I hear some people aren’t fans of ketchup (wait, what?!). Not me – I put that stuff on everything: scrambled eggs, mac-n-cheese, meatloaf and a lot of foods in between. How can you not like ketchup? I must confess that as a PA girl I’m a Heinz enthusiast. In PA, they fed Heinz Ketchup in your baby bottle. Well, not really, but almost. I was, however, excited to try the True Made Foods Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, and Veracha. It’s a veteran-owned, made in the USA company and they make their products from real veggies.
Maybe you don’t like ketchup because it’s loaded with a bunch of stuff: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup (not sure what the difference is between the two), tomato concentrate and a smattering of other ingredients. Maybe you prefer the all-natural ketchup brands? While better than the traditional ketchup, they still don’t offer any nutritional value. True Made Foods offers a better, nutritious alternative to ketchup, barbecue sauce, and sriracha.
According to the True Made Foods, they started with America’s favorite condiments – ketchup, barbecue sauce, and hot sauce and turned what was essentially wasted calories into something nutritious. Imagine that.
Their claim is that True Made Foods Ketchup tastes like Heinz but is better for you. Why wouldn’t I want to give them a try?
When the box arrived I was ecstatic. I thought I was going to try two of their products. It turns out they sent me all three to sample: Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, and Veracha.
First up was the individual taste test. I studied each bottle, gave them a little shake, and then poured a small amount on a plate. Then what you ask? I stuck my finger in and tasted them, of course! The ketchup was thick and tasted a lot like Heinz. Honestly, it really tasted a lot like Heinz. I didn’t expect it to taste so close. The BBQ Sauce was sweet – similar to Sweet Baby Ray’s but not as gooey. Last but not least was the spicy Veracha. I’m not very familiar with sriracha so I didn’t have much from which to compare. The Veracha was hearty and definitely had zing. So what happened next?
I got busy making dinner! Meatloaf and mac-n-cheese coming right up: cold weather comfort food that screams for ketchup. Typically, I make a barbecue meatloaf modeled after the meatloaf in my favorite sandwich from Blue Surf Cafe. This time I followed the same steps I normally use to make the sauce, but I substituted the True Made Foods Ketchup in place of Heinz. You couldn’t tell the difference in the sauce, either before or after cooking the meatloaf. It was sweet and hearty, perfect for the colder temps. The real test though was the mac-n-cheese. I love ketchup on my mac-n-cheese. There is nothing better than a bite of bubbling hot, cheesy mac-n-cheese dipped in ketchup just before you pop it in your mouth. True Made Foods did not disappoint. They passed this discerning ketchup lover’s test.
Since I wasn’t cooking anything else that night I had to try the BBQ sauce and Veracha with something. All I had was some roasted chicken in the fridge….so I dipped the chicken in both sauces. The BBQ was my favorite. I like it sweet, you know, like me. While the Veracha has a really good flavor, it’s a little hot for my delicate taste buds. No worries there, because it made a great Veracha mayo, which in turn added zest to my bland deli chicken sandwich. With time I think I’m going to find numerous ways to incorporate the Veracha in my cooking. Alfredo sauce, perhaps?
The True Made Foods BBQ Sauce was put to the test on my barbecue chicken pizza. It’s one of my favorite things to make because it’s easy and tasty – perfect for after a long day of work. I substituted True Made Foods BBQ Sauce for Sweet Baby Ray’s in the pizza. The sauce is flavorful and made for a satisfying dinner.
What makes True Made Foods Ketchup, BBQ Sauce and Veracha so good? Taste, for one. Their sauces are flavorful and they can stand on their own or enhance the flavors in other foods. It contains less sugar, includes veggies (so it’s nutritional), and contains no high fructose corn syrup. But the best part? They’ve married healthy and tasty with local made, and the carrots and butternut squash they use are literally rooted in North Carolina!
Where do you find True Made Foods? True Made Foods is at Lowes Foods, Super Target and Whole Foods.