The term condiment comes from the Latin condimentum, meaning “spice, seasoning, sauce” and from the Latin condere, meaning “preserve, pickle, season
Do you know who the Condiment King is?
Not this guy. The king of condiments in the United States.
If you guessed Ketchup – you are close, it used to be. Ketchup has been recently beat out by Mayo! Mayonnaise actually has become the most popular condiment in the US.
Mayo– three building blocks of mayonnaise are raw egg yolks, vegetable oil, and vinegar. The U.S. now consumes around $2 billion worth of mayonnaise each year.
Ketchup– The reason for “57” on Heinz ketchup was because the “5” was his lucky number and the “7” was his wife’s lucky number. They now have over 5,700 Varieties to choose from. It is also the unconfirmed sweet spot to tap for the ketchup to come out of the bottle.
Mustard – Yellow mustard is bright yellow due to the use of turmeric. It was introduced over 100 years ago in 1904 by George T. French who bet that Americans would prefer milder tasting mustard than what was available at the time.
Sriracha– Pronounced: SIR-rotch-ah. The founder, who was of Chinese descent, made the original version of Sriracha in Gerber baby food jars before immigrating to the US and restarting the business.
BBQ sauce– originated hundreds of years ago. The first known recipe for a sauce that was specifically used for barbecued meats consisted of a blend of vinegar and peppers
Salad dressing– The Babylonians used oil and vinegar for dressing greens nearly 2,000 years ago. Egyptians favored a salad dressed with oil, vinegar and Asian spices. Mayonnaise is said to have made its debut at a French Nobleman’s table over 200 years ago
Hot Sauce– Tabasco Sauce is the oldest surviving brand. It was first introduced in 1868 and remains one of the best selling condiments in the country.
Soy Sauce– According to The Food Channel, more people have soy sauce in their kitchen than have tea, coffee, milk or salsa.
Some other condiments used to be spread or put on a sandwich:
Sweet Chili Sauce
Pico de gallo
Salsa ( is technically considered a dip).
What’s your favorite condiment and do you have any uncommon ones you use? Leave me a comment…
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