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The Secret of a Truly Great Tomato Ketchup

What makes Tomato Ketchup? Well, tomatoes of course. Lots and lots of beautiful tomatoes. Our Tomato Ketchup was one of the first sauces to be created to Stokes’ stringently high standards.  Our mantra is always to be “Best in Class” – no compromise. The secret? Well, read on – but don’t tell anybody.


The Ketchup Test


‘The Ketchup Test’:

Next time you look at the tomato ketchup options on the supermarket shelf, take a look at the ingredients and in particular just how much of the volume is made up of tomatoes. If any have more than 200g of tomatoes per 100g of ketchup (as our Tomato Ketchup does) – perhaps you should consider trying that …

Rick (Stokes’ founder, MD and Ketchup aficionado) has quite a thing about the quality of the tomatoes we put in our Award-Winning Tomato Ketchup.

My name is Rick and I’m a ‘chupaholic. That said, not any old Tomato Ketchup – it has to be the finest. Our Tomato Ketchup was the second product we produced after the Real Mayonnaise. It came just at the right time to encourage my daughter to eat more greens.

It is thanks to Rick’s passion for perfection that we get to enjoy this delightfully thick, intensely tomatoey Tomato Ketchup and its brothers and sisters in Stokes’ amazing Ketchup Range.

With a Passion for Quality


DID YOU KNOW: Tomatoes originated in the wild in the Peru-Ecuador-Bolivia area of the Andes. Italians first grew the tomato in about 1550 and apparently were the first Europeans to eat it.

About 25 years later it was grown in English, Spanish, and mid-European gardens as a curiosity, with little or no interest in it then as food. The French gave it the name pomme d’amour – the love apple.

Well, we certainly love them.

Rick and the team discovered that the best tasting tomatoes are treated to hours and hours of Mediterranean sunshine. The beautiful plump, sweet fruit ripen naturally until they’re ready to pick.

They were and are a bit more expensive than some other sources, but our mantra is always to be “Best in Class” – no compromise.  

With the ‘quality’ box ticked, we decided to up the volume from lots, to ‘lots & lots & lots‘, simmering a massive 212g of those juicy tomatoes, reduced into every 100g of ketchup to make Stokes Tomato Ketchup.

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Savour the rich tomato taste then feel the heat of the spices kicking in from our Chilli Ketchup. For smoky background notes and another warming finish, our Chipotle Ketchup uses Chipotle Chillies, which are Jalapenos left to ripen on the plant to a deep red, before being smoked, giving them their distinctive flavour.

Stokes Curry Ketchup marries the rich tomato tastes with classic curry spices including coriander, turmeric, fenugreek, ginger, cumin, and green cardamom.

Stokes Bloody Mary Ketchup is pure beauty in a bottle, adding a shot of vodka and a unique blend of Bloody Mary spices, perfect for that ‘morning after’ bacon sandwich.

Try mixing it with our Real Mayonnaise for a Bloody Mary Rose Sauce to give prawn cocktails a real treat.

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