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Ketchup Obsession

Updated on January 21, 2018

Ketchup is Weak


Who Invented Ketchup?

After years of thorough research, experts in the "condiment history" have now decided that the Chinese are the ones responsible for discovering the use of ketchup and other condiments. It seems that back in the early(?) 17th century, it was the Chinese who came up with an odd concoction that included pickled fish & spices and called it kê-chiap.

By the 18th century, this simple method eventually made it to the nearby Malay states (presently known as Malaysia). It was basically made the same way, but there it was called kecap (pronounced kay-chap'). This was about the time when the English explorers came across the recipe and took it back to the colonies.

So many different variations were then created, however, it wasn't until 1801 (almost a century later) that tomatoes were used and became the most preferred main ingredient.

Which do you prefer?

Do you prefer "ketchup" or "catsup"?

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What's "Fancy" Ketchup?

It's believed the difference between "fancy" ketchup and just regular ketchup is that fancy ketchup is made with more tomatoes (or other main ingredient). It takes about 100 tomatoes to make around 4-5 bottles of ketchup.

Ketchup or Catsup...Which is the Correct Spelling?

Ever notice when walking down a grocery aisle there's sometimes two different spellings for ketchup? I'm use to the more common style of "ketchup", but I've also noticed a different spelling..."catsup".

What is Catsup?

Actually, there are three different spelling variations for this condiment. There is:


And technically, they are all correct. That's right. There are three different spelling variations for ketchup, or catsup, or ketsup...whatever you prefer, it's all basically the same thing.

I think it's just stupid.

Love Ketchup; Hate Tomatoes

A lot of people like ketchup but ironically hate tomatoes.
A lot of people like ketchup but ironically hate tomatoes. | Source

Ketchup Facts

  • Ketchup is the MOST popular condiment in the United States and is a half a BILLION dollar industry
  • Heinz is the leader in US sales when it comes to ketchup covering 60% of the market
  • 25% of ketchup is sugar
  • The squeeze bottle for ketchup was introduced in the 80's to solve the problem of ketchup not flowing out of glass bottles

The Master of Ketchup

H.J. Heinz

Henry John Heinz may be the most popular ketchup maker there ever was but one thing is for sure, he wasn't the first. There was a man named Jon Mease who published a recipe on how to make it during the the time of the War of 1812.

By 1824, the recipe appeared in a cookbook titled: The Virginia Housewife, which happened to be published by Mary Randolph (a cousin to Thomas Jefferson). By the time this recipe hit the public, American cooks had sweetened the product considerably.

Make Your Own Ketchup

The MOST Common Ingredients for Ketchup

  • Tomato Concentrate
  • Distilled Vinegar
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Corn Syrup
  • Salt
  • Spice
  • Onion Powder
  • Natural Flavorings

People Who Prefer Only Ketchup

Could This be a Mental Disorder?

Depending on who you ask, but according to Mental Health America, people who are addicted to ketchup may develop an "over compulsive disorder" (OCD). More than likely, the large amount of sugar that ketchup contains caused an addiction which led to OCD.

In fact, I've believe that in my own experience and studies just how addictive ketchup can be. Personally, I find those who just get ketchup on all their foods are socially immature, selfish and insecure. People who won't even try another condiment (but say that they have) I find to be untrustworthy.

I've personally spoke to those who prefer just ketchup and I think that most have deep personal issues, an eccentric personality, a serious mental disorder or maybe a mixture of all three. Children living with a single parent (usually the mother) could develop a fascination with ketchup because it's one of the things that gave them the most pleasure while growing up.

Based on my experience from residing in a home for boys, children obsessed with ketchup also have a hard time making friends. These children tend to be slightly more aggressive than other children but lack the self confidence to do anything about it resulting in frequent temper tantrums and stubbornness.

Ketchup Obsession during Adulthood

Time to GROW Up

Socially Immature, Selfish and Insecure

Have you ever seen a grown adult dress their steak with ketchup?
DISGUSTING! Not to mention that they just destroyed a perfect cut of meat.

Being an aid to educators,I honestly believe that people who prefer only ketchup just may have some serious "daddy issues" that need to be worked out immediately. A child who has never met their father are prone to develop such erratic behavior with an obsession with ketchup being one of them.

Any man or woman who dresses their steak with just ketchup, I believe have no idea what they're doing. I can't help but think that they have never eaten steak with a REAL man, because if they had they would have known better.

Keeping ketchup packets cold in the refrigerator is something that most of us do (for some reason), we don't know why - we never use them. It's the people who do use these ketchup packets on a regular basis that you have to look out for. Most of us don't mind running to the corner store for a just gallon of milk, a carton of eggs a pack of cigarettes, but running to get just a squeeze bottle of ketchup? Well that's a whole different kind of an obsession...isn't it?.

Helping Those Obsessed with Ketchup

There is Help

The first and MOST important thing for those obsessed with ketchup is admitting that they have a problem. It may not be easy, but it is a vital and important first step.

Having those obsessed with ketchup trying other condiments may be a challenge but it's a battle that must be fought.

I believe people that are obsessed with ketchup also have a difficult time keeping relationships or could be unfaithful during their long-term relationships.

Curing those obsessed with ketchup is not easy and if the first attempt is unsuccessful you must keep trying. However, if those trying to do the curing decide to give up there is a great chance that those obsessed with ketchup shall be obsessed until the day they die.

Important Note: People who are extremely obsessed with ketchup know that they must break their obsession but their stubbornness forbids them to do so.

© 2014 James Timothy Peters


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    • James Peters profile imageAUTHOR

      James Timothy Peters 

      18 months ago from Hammond, Indiana

      For two years I've tried to find what the definition of "bouoicads" was.

      Still unsuccessful.

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      3 years ago

      There are no words to describe how bouoicads this is.

    • peachpurple profile image


      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      many people don't eat ketchup anymore, mostly choose chilly sauce


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