When you ask someone which is their favorite sauce, either brown sauce or ketchup, they’ll generally tell you straight away that it’s either one or the other.
Brown sauce is a bit like marmite, in that you either love it or you hate it, and those who love it really love it!
It occurred to me that I have no idea what brown sauce is actually made of, so I’ve put together this article to find out the difference between the two sauces when it comes to ingredients and nutrition.
Read on to find out much more about brown sauce and ketchup, and vote in our poll to give us your opinion on which sauce is best.
Brown Sauce & Ketchup Ingredients Comparision
The best way to find out the actual difference between two food products is by comparing the ingredients and especially the main ingredients.
I’m using top sauce brands HP Brown Sauce and Heinz Original Tomato Ketchup for this comparison.
Surprisingly, the main ingredient of brown sauce (like tomato ketchup) is tomatoes, and they share many of the same ingredients, including malt vinegar, spirit vinegar, sugar, salt, and spices.
The main difference between brown sauce and tomato ketchup is the ingredients used in brown sauce to give it a distinctive flavor, including; molasses, dates, and tamarind.
|HP Brown Sauce Ingredients||Heinz Tomato Ketchup Ingredients|
|Tomatoes, Malt Vinegar (from Barley), Molasses, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Dates, Modified Cornflour, Rye Flour, Salt, Spices, Flavourings, Tamarind||Tomatoes (148g per 100g Tomato Ketchup), Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Spice and Herb Extracts (contain Celery), Spice|
Brown Sauce Vs. Ketchup Nutritional Comparison
Now let’s take a look at the nutritional comparison between brown sauce and tomato ketchup, and to keep things fair, this will be compared weight-for-weight.
A recommended serving of both brown sauce and tomato ketchup is 15g, equal to a tablespoon of sauce.
The brands I’m comparing for nutrition are HP Brown Sauce and Heinz Original Tomato Ketchup.
There’s not much difference between the calorie content of brown sauce and tomato ketchup, but of the two, tomato ketchup is 3kcal lower per 15g when compared to brown sauce.
Brown sauce is higher in calories than tomato ketchup because it contains more sugary ingredients, including molasses and dates, which contribute to the sauce’s rich flavor and brown color.
|Sauce Type||Calories Per 100g||Calories Per Serving|
|HP Brown Sauce||122kcal||18kcal|
|Heinz Tomato Ketchup||102kcal||15kcal|
Looking at the other nutritional categories, the two sauces are fairly nutritionally similar, as you can see from the table below.
Brown sauce is slightly higher in carbs and sugars, whereas tomato ketchup is slightly higher in protein and salt.
Both brown sauce and tomato ketchup are very low in fat and saturated fat, with only a trace of both per serving.
|Nutritional Category||HP Brown Sauce (per 15g Serving)||Heinz Tomato Ketchup (per 15g Serving)|
|of Which Are Sugars||3.5g||3.4g|
|of Which are Saturates||Trace||Trace|
Best for Flavor/Texture
Brown sauce and tomato ketchup are very different when it comes to taste. Generally, most people like either one or the other, so it’s not something that can be judged without a poll over a broad demographic of voters.
We’d really appreciate it if you could vote in our poll to tell our future readers (and us) which is your favorite, and once you vote, the results so far will be revealed. (No personal information is required to vote).
Best for Price
I’ve been comparing HP Brown Sauce and Heinz Tomato Ketchup brands throughout this article, so I’ll use them again to compare prices.
Each sauce is sold in different-sized bottles and squeezy bottles, so I’ve compared per 100g of sauce rather than per pack to keep things fair.
Below are the average current (at the time of writing) prices for each kind of sauce:
- HP Brown Sauce £0.44-£0.55 per 100g (depending on pack size).
- Heinz Tomato Ketchup £0.33-£0.51 per 100g (depending on pack size).
Based on this information, you get slightly more Heinz Tomato Ketchup for your money on average than HP Brown Sauce.
Please note that prices will fluctuate over time and vary depending on brands, promotional offers, and where you shop.
So we’ve now compared brown sauce and tomato ketchup in various categories, and here’s a summary of what we’ve found out about the two sauces.
- The base ingredients of brown sauce and ketchup are very similar, with brown sauce having added ingredients to create its unique flavor and rich brown color.
- Brown sauce and tomato ketchup are nutritionally similar, with brown sauce being a little higher in calories and sugar.
- You get more tomato ketchup for your money than brown sauce (with the brands I compared).
So it really comes down to which sauce you like the best – brown or red!
More Brown Sauce Vs. Tomato Ketchup FAQs
The base ingredients of brown sauce and tomato ketchup are the same, with brown sauce having extra ingredients including molasses, dates, and tamarind which create its unique flavor. So effectively brown sauce is a kind of ketchup with a few added ingredients.
Brown sauce is often known as HP sauce because HP was the original brand, although there are now other brands of brown sauce available on the market.
References Used for this Article
To ensure the nutritional information used in this article is accurate, I have used data from the sauce manufacturers; the links below contain the source information: