My 18-month-old son loves ketchup, much more so than the other kids.

Processed American ketchup is disgusting: the #3 and #4 ingredients are corn syrup.

Has anyone tried ketchup alternatives (Google found Krazy Ketchup for example) that their kids actually enjoyed?

asked 13 Feb '10, 23:10

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There are a few brands of ketchup made without HFCS. For example Danival organic (UK) and Annie's Naturals Organic Ketchup (US). Generally organic ketchups are less likely to contain HFCS. The Heinz Organic Ketchup may even be one of those (the recipes vary by country so it is hard to tell for sure.

If none of these do it for you, you could try making your own. Though it won't taste exactly the same at least you know what is going into it, and if you can get them involved in making their own condiments the kids might be more keen on it.

This recipe is close to one I've followed in the past. I'd add a good splash of Worcestershire sauce or Fish sauce (or even better Henderson's Relish) to give it that savoury umami depth of flavour. Here is another recipe that's simpler to make.


answered 14 Feb '10, 16:21

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+1 for great amount of options. We use Heinz too. Though having said that we are careful about the amount of "Ketchup" consumed!

(14 Feb '10, 17:02) Emi

For my son, I take a pot of sour cream, mix in a little Tomato puree and add a couple of table spoons of ketchup to create a dipping sauce for him to eat with salad and chips.

I think this keeps funny ingredients to a minimum, although it is quite fatty. I suppose you could use low fat yoghurt in place of the sour cream.


answered 14 Feb '10, 15:29

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+1 interesting homemade recipe!

(14 Feb '10, 17:04) Emi

I haven't, but I know it is possible to buy ketchup without high fructose corn syrup. I think you can get it at Whole Foods and maybe Trader Joe's.


answered 14 Feb '10, 00:56

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If your child likes a bit of spice, you can puree some organic salsa.


answered 15 Feb '10, 04:18

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Krazy Ketchup is a great tasting healthy alternative. It's 100% Organic. We use organic agave as a sweetener so there is no HFCS and we add carrot, squash and sweet potato puree as an added veggie healthy bonus. If your kid loves ketchup then why not use something that is healthy? I'm one of the moms who created it. We made it with our toddlers in mind and they are our biggest fans. Check us out


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