The Top 10 Condiments in order of AMAZINGNESS

Published: 28th Feb, 2013

Including this amazing bastard


Before I launch into this list let’s clear the pathway to ensure a smooth ride by defining the word “condiment”. The dictionary will tell you it’s an umbrella term that includes everyday sprinkling items like Sally Salt and Peter Pepper. The dictionary is wrong. Those people aren’t condiments, nor is Branston Pickle, nor tomato Salsa. They’re essentials, they’re spreads, one of them is a dip. So let’s break it down. A condiment is something you’d: a. have a hearty blob of on the side of your plate; b. something you’d liberally coat your dinner in to disguise how horrible it is; or c. it’s a sauce that accurately defines you as a man or a woman. With that all completely cleared up here are my ten favourites in order of amazingness:

1. Heinz Tomato Ketchup


It’s impossible to describe the taste of ketchup, it’s like asking an artist to explain the colour red to you, or getting a poet to tell you exactly what love is. It just is what it is, you’ve been devouring the stuff since you were in nappies, it’s really tasty and it goes with absolutely everything.

2. Tuong Ot Sriracha Hot Chilli Sauce


I use an advanced gauge to assess a chilli sauce, by which I’m referring to my taste buds which are specific to me. At one end of the spectrum you have weak chilli sauces that barely compute, at the other you have the super-strength nonsense that makes your nose run. This red stuff with the unpronounceable name sits somewhere between the two, and is the best I’ve ever tasted. Hands down.

3. Reggae Reggae Sauce


When Levi Roots stood in front of the trillionaires on Dragons’ Den plucking wildly on his ukelele while Peter Jones punched the air and Theo Paphitis quacked excitedly in a paddling pool, so began a ripple effect that ended with this Reggae Reggae sauce becoming a mainstay in my fridge. It keeps HP off the list entirely.

4. Colman’s English Mustard


Close your eyes and imagine what a gang of tough guys might get up to behind closed doors when nobody’s watching. Do they start kissing? Do they have dance routine practice? Or do they goad one another into eating teaspoons of hot yellow mustard like it’s a scene from West Side Story but set in prison? My guess is that latter.

5. Hellmann’s Mayonnaise


Say what you like about those hot French chicks, but when it comes to plunging their freedom fries into something unctuous and cooling, they veer from the ketch and go straight to the may. When I first witnessed this I was absolutely enraged, almost paralysed with fear and anger – I COULDN’T BELIEVE MY OWN EYES! – but then I tried it out, and realised, actually, it’s really really nice.

6. Encona Hot Pepper Sauce


The second hot sauce on the list, in condiment terms this is the drug you take after you’ve finally tired of the gateway drug and you need something harder. Something to take your tongue on a wild technicolour ride through most of the senses, but mainly focusing on TASTE, SMELL and FEEL.

7. Blue Dragon Sweet Chilli Sauce


Guys if you really want to impress a girl, there are two things you can do. The first is to march up to her, stutter something weird about putting babies in corners, then force her to dance with you. Another is to present her with a gift wrapped bottle of Sweet Chilli Sauce. Great looking babes absolutely love this stuff.

8. Tabasco Sauce


Of all the sauces listed this is by far the thinnest in texture, so much so that’s it could almost be considered a drink. Whatever way, spattered carefully on cheese on toast or even added to your Heinz Baked Beans, this is great.

9. Heinz Salad Cream


Salad cream might be considered a bit babyish, like drinking Bacardi Breezers or getting people to smell the nature when you’re over 20, but when no one’s looking I can put away a bottle of this stuff in practically no time. Ideally I like to smear handfuls of it onto a chicken sandwich.

10. Sainsburys Creamy Horseradish Sauce


It was a tricky decision coming up with the final spot on the list, because there are so many other condiments I enjoy. I like barbecue sauce, especially the one that you can dunk chicken nuggs into in McDonalds. I like other kinds of mustard, like the one with the little grains in it, and the one that’s sort of beige. But in the end I remembered horseradish and went FUCK! HORSERADISH! And that pretty much sewed things up.

Now what did I miss?

Josh Burt
About the author:

Josh has been a writer and journalist for the best part of twenty years and has written for modern staples like FHM and Cosmopolitan and The Daily Telegraph and The Sun. He has also written a small handful of so-so books that you can still buy.

5 Responses to The Top 10 Condiments in order of AMAZINGNESS

  1. mustard says:

    good list. Well done.

    Encona should be number 1.
    Mint?
    Apple?
    Nando’s Peri-Peri?
    Brown?

  2. Forty - Forty Five says:

    you only need one rule with sauces
    Bacon – Red
    Sausage – Brown

    all of the rest is just noise

    (apart from Mango Chutney and Lime Pickle for curry)

  3. Simeon de la Torre says:

    Brown?

    That’s not a suggestion for the list, by the way; it’s an offer of drugs. Specifically: would you like to buy some heroin from me?

    I joke, of course. Brown reminds me of anus.

    ANYWAY: Helman’s mayo is fine, but the finest is surely Heinz. Latecomers to the consumer mayo game, they’ve laid down a creamy riff that will not stop. Delicious bitches.

  4. John McCain says:

    Yes, where is the brown?

    You put salad cream in there – basically only good for one thing – and miss out the brown which is basically applicable to anything?

    I know this list isn’t exhaustive or official, but it’s just as well as that is against the law.

    That is also simultaneously the best and the worst telling of the may-own-eyes joke.

    Yippie ki-ay MF’s!

  5. You have missed the king of hot sauces, the mexican table staple that is Cholula Hot Sauce. I love the person who decided to start importing this stuff. And now you can buy it is Asda. Marvellous. Kicks Encona into a curled up baying ball of blood and snot.

    Also my contention is that Dunn’s River pummels Tabasco like the quiet kid at school who finally gets sick of all the bullying and snide comments, decides to buy an assault rifle, and then shoots everyone dead. Or something. It is unfortunately only available in corner shops in certain areas of London, so if you see it stock up!

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