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‘I’m 6 years old and I’ve invented bretchup’

Sometimes some of us are hit with moments of inspiration. Harry, 6 and a half years old, has had one such moment early in his life. Here’s Harry himself sharing how he created a new sauce for your bacon sarnie.

Harry: ‘I used to just have ketchup. But my mummy asked “would you like brown sauce or ketchup?” And I said “both!” I thought of joining things together and that made me think of joining brown sauce and ketchup together. I thought I’d try it. I mixed them with a fork.

‘It tastes like ketchup, but with a little bit of brown sauce. It isn’t gross, it’s nice. It tastes quite tangy and it goes kind of light brown – it is quite bright coloured. It is also quite sticky.

Harry's drawing of bretchup‘I mixed the names together, like I did with the sauces, and called it bretchup. My daddy liked that. I eat bretchup with bacon, eggs, sausages and sometimes baked beans and bread. I like bretchup more than just ketchup or just brown sauce. My little brother has it now.

‘I’d like to try it with chips, tomatoes and lettuce.

‘You should try it. Mix them together and you’ll get something new and it’ll taste very nice.’

The sauces Which? members like

Thank you very much to Harry for taking the time to talk to us about his invention of bretchup. We also asked Which? members about the condiments they use to pep up their bacon butties, as part of our research into the best supermarket bacon.

We found out that older Which? members are more likely to use brown sauce, while younger members prefer ketchup. Men were more likely than women to reach for a bottle of brown, whereas those in the South were less likely to opt for brown than those in the North or Midlands.

So which do you prefer? Or has Harry inspired you to try bretchup – if he has, why not print off your own bretchup label?


Excellent timing.

Ketchups are/were about 25% sugar so perhaps in the same week Which? Conversations posts about dietary excess we have an example of where the sugar sneaks in. ! : ) BTW I was astonished there is that much sugar.

Heinz in the UK say their low sugar is now around eleven percent and one helping of Ketchup is 1.7gms. However the organic range is 27% sugars and the normal 24%.

Four gms of sugar equal a teaspoon. So using the normal ketchup a 15ml serving is roughly a teaspoonful.

” Children ages 4-8 with a daily caloric intake of 1,600 calories should consume no more than 130 calories, or about 3 teaspoons a day. (In order to accommodate all the nutritional requirements for this age group, there are fewer calories available for discretionary allowances like sugar.)”
American Heart Association 2009


Daddies sauces, also by Heinz, are around 17-18% sugars for the brown and red sauce. HP Brown Sauce [ also Heinz] is 23% sugars. Lea and Perrin WorcesterSauce [also Heinz] varies into the 30% range but is used in much smaller amounts.

BTW the linkie to the best supermarket bacon is not working for me.


Hi diesel, thanks for your feedback; it’s really appreciated. The link should be working fine now. 🙂


The survey on who uses what sauce on their sarnies is it available? I am curious as to the number of people by region who eat the bacon sarnie without any sauce.

The food health COnversation thread

sue says:
17 March 2015

I love bacon sarnies on white bread and real butter!s


I like tomato sauce with a little balsamic vinegar stirred in to counteract the over sweetness of the sauce.


I’ve got a nightshade family intolerance so I can’t partake of either red or brown sauce unfortunately… I do miss my ketchup. But I’ve found a dab of hot mustard adds a lovely zing to my bacon sarnie as a substitute


Hi Diesel

11% of those surveyed had nothing in their bacon butty – just dry bread.