In the meantime, there's a nifty little trick that will help with the classic glass bottles. Nobody wants watery ketchup, obviously, but there are a couple tricks to get your fix a little faster. (What ketchup-lover in your life wouldn't like a batch of this as a gift?). Then he dramatically increased the concentration of vinegar, so that his ketchup had twice the acidity of most other ketchups; now ketchup was sour, another of the fundamental tastes. (Historians think he was actually referring to Haitian refugees.) Finally, tilt to a 45 degree angle, uncap, and give the bottom a few firm taps. Proof that even corporate breakups can be petty. Ketchup, hacked. It turns out that ketchup has had a long, strange, and sometimes controversial road to becoming the well-loved condiment it is today. Jack in the Box? Another place you might see a puzzling number (this one varies) is on the upper right corner of the single serve packets. By the time Henry J. Heinz started making his ketchup, it had a reputation for being a food that you needed to be suspicious of. There were a million and one recipes published for making your own tomato ketchup, but the product got an unlikely boost in popularity with a doctor named John Cook Bennett. Check. The edited footage shows an unreal picture and neglects the processing stages, hence gives the wrong impression." Companies like Heinz are such a part of American culture that you probably never even thought about trying to make your own ketchup. Field research has found that kids in particular love Heinz ketchup because it makes unfamiliar flavors suddenly taste familiar. Wienerschnitzel? Meanwhile, in the states, Utahns laid claim to the hybrid condiment, with one user tweeting, "It's not 'Mayochup' or 'Mayoketchup'... it's Fry Sauce, and I'm 160% sure it was invented in Utah... because it was. The tangy sauce originated in ancient China as a brine of pickled fish or shellfish called "ke-t… Heinz invent the perfect ketchup all those years ago? And when you've been making "perfect" ketchup for over 140 years, there's bound be some juicy secrets and strange facts out there, from a rotten tomato scandal to exactly how fast it comes out of the bottle to how you've probably been pouring it wrong your whole life. That source was a pile of discarded fish entrails that had been covered with dirt and left to decay. Heinz — who is, indeed, connected to the Heinz ketchup company, was quoted as saying, "Ketchup is a condiment. He decided on 57 varieties for his company, a number he felt was lucky but which had no other meaning, and immediately started plastering all products and advertisements with the slogan. "These incidences are rare for Heinz," the company said. The Tribune also ran a piece on actual, honest-to-gosh ketchup research, all based in the world of a Northwestern University professor named Bill Savage. There's actually a reason they're all clear, and it goes back to the middle of the 19th century. But you might notice one glaring omission: McDonald's. The bottle in your fridge? GALLERIES View more photos He's made it a duty of key members of his entourage to carry a bottle wherever he goes so he can have it with everything from his morning sausage butty to upmarket dinners. Ketchup recipes were all over, but he increased the vinegar, raised the sugar, and packed in more tomatoes. Maybe both. Gradually, fish and meat gave way to the popularity of fermenting other things, like soy beans. McDonald's won't say for sure, but the announcement happened to coincide with the appointment of Heinz's CEO, Bernard Hees, who just happens to be the former CEO of Burger King, otherwise known as McDonald's arch nemesis. By the time ketchup made it to American shores, it had undergone another transformation. But here's the kicker: Back in 1876, we didn't have a grasp on how much those elements impacted our food. Gladwell explains, "When Heinz moved to ripe tomatoes and increased the percentage of tomato solids, he made ketchup, first and foremost, a potent source of umami. He also said he was convinced tomato extract would someday be used as a cure-all, and it was his testimony that elevated tomatoes onto America's food radar. The gelato is made with real ketchup and even topped with a drizzle of it for good measure. Local media reported that the Heinz Egypt managing director had been arrested, and that two tons of sauce made with the rotten tomatoes had been seized, though the company claimed that the products were not intended for distribution.