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Ketchup
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Is there a difference between ketchup and catsup?

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Hey Jingli
6 days ago
For a while the word “catsup” was more commonly used in North America, and then “ketchup” took over due to large-scale manufacturers like Heinz and Hunt's calling their product “ketchup.” Short answer: ketchup and catsup are the same thing; a tomato-based condiment with vinegar and spices.
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Damien Bosco
January 02, 2020 5:13PM

No, not in the actual condiment. The two versions are merely alternate Westernized spellings of the original fish-based Chinese sauce that ketchup hails from. This proto-ketchup became popular among Western traders in the late 17th century.

As it gained traction in Europe, the sauce went through many incarnations (including a walnut-based version) before settling on the tomato goop we know and love. That’s why it says “tomato ketchup” on some bottles—it seems redundant today, but that’s only because no one goes around asking for walnut ketchup anymore.

“Ketchup” is the more popular spelling, and it became so in the mid to late 20th century. Heinz was an early “ketchup” adopter, and other big brands switched over as it gained more market share. But either spelling is technically acceptable—for example, the USDA exclusively uses “catsup.”

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Derek Byers
4 days ago
naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!
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Qwerty
5 days ago
Catsup is made of a plant called catnip while ketchup is mate of tomatoes.
they are 2 different spellings that mean the same thing
there no difference its the same meaning. Tomato ketchup, also known as catsup, ketsup, catchup, red sauce, and tomato sauce, is a sauce used as a condiment. Originally, recipes used egg whites, mushrooms, oysters, grapes, mussels, or walnuts, among other ingredients, but now the unmodified term usually refers to tomato ketchup.
yes ketchup is made with tomatoes and catsup is made with cats..served at chinese restraunts lol
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Dovi Botnick
4 days ago
yes
NO THERE ISNT
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JaneBlacksmith
3 days ago
Yup. The spelling. (;-D
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tbouts
2 days ago
In the 50s, yes. Catsup was *most* often a slightly spicey-hot version of Ketchup, mostly unpopular with children. What good is a hot dog sauce that's not popular with children? Catsup faded from general use and from the market.
NO SUPED
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Eva Houchin
4 days ago
Yeah the spelling is differe
There are two ways, so its fine either way
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El Bond
5 days ago
Yes, there is! The Spelling.
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James Geiser
6 days ago
The spelling, and that staggers the mind. It's either catsup or ketchup. Make a decision!
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Hannah DeShaw
6 days ago
there is no difference blah