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Trader Joe's ketchup: pure perfection or putrid mess?

Although Trader Joe's is often lauded for it's products and low prices, there are some TJ's-specific items that leave a sour taste in customers' mouths. One of the worst offenders is the Trader Joe's ketchup. Some argue the TJ's ketchup is a watery mess, while others think it's one of the best products on the Trader Joe's shelves. What do you think?

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There is something just not quite right about Trader Joe's ketchup. Ketchup is meant to be a dance between tomatoes, vinegar, sweetness, and, of course, the perfect blend of spices. If one component is off, the end result is ruined. Trader Joe's ketchup's consistency is fine, but one of the magic ingredients just doesn't hit. If you know, you know.

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The Daily Meal put 12 ketchup brands to the test, and the Trader Joe's brand came away with the third-top spot overall, and the No.1 pick for organic ketchups:

Of all the organic ketchups on the market, the one sold exclusively by Trader Joe’s was our favorite. The flavor was pleasantly tangy due to a nice hit of vinegar, but it was rounded out by just the right amount of sugar. 
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The Chicago Tribune conducted it's own taste test of grocery store ketchups, and although some found the TJ's brand to be delicious, others stood in strong opposition:

But one naysayer criticized its strong onion and spice flavor while another compared it to “cold, intense tomato soup.”
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But for some, the love of all things Trader Joe's is not easily shaken. Trader Joe's ketchup graces the diner table in houses across the nation, and for some, it even marked the beginning of a beautiful love story:

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