I’ve had lots of people ask me about our Tomato and Spicy Tomato honey jellies. At first glance, it seems like a weird pairing. But, bear with me for a bit.
We, as a culture, eat a lot of ketchup. It’s one of America’s favorite condiments. It’s a must on a burger. French fries just aren’t as good without it. What about on that hot dog you just gotta eat at a baseball game? Meatloaf without a topping of ketchup is, well, just wrong. Agreeing with me so far?
Now, go into your refrigerator and check out the ingredients label on that bottle of ketchup. The majority of the ketchup we consume is made with high fructose corn syrup. Some brands list both HFCS as well as regular corn syrup! (The one in my fridge sure does.) Kind of sneaky if you ask me.
Did you know that a fast food-style ketchup packet equals 1 tablespoon and has 2 grams of sugar. It’s not a lot in the whole scheme of things but, be honest, how many of us only use 1 packet? I have to imagine that most of us use between the 4-5 packets on fries alone. Add to that the ketchup on the burger and you’re looking at around 12 grams of sugar in just the ketchup alone! The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends limiting the amount of added sugars you consume to no more than half of your daily discretionary calories allowance. For most American women, that’s no more than 100 calories per day, or about 2 tablespoons of sugar. For men, it’s 150 calories per day, or about 3 tablespoons!
This is why we make our Tomato and Spicy Tomato honey jellies. They are a healthier alternative to ketchup. Try substituting the ketchup on your burger with our jellies and we’re sure you’ll agree!