Do you remember the brilliant Heinz Tomato Ketchup ‘Grow Your Own’ campaign that ran this summer? It was all about encouraging every-day families just like ours to think about where their food comes from and to consider growing their own produce at home. Yes, at home! I can vouch that even with a teeny tiny garden, it is very possible.
With a little bit of magic from the lovely people at Heinz, who sent buckets of free Heinz tomato seeds out across the country, you’ve guessed it…there were tomato plants springing up everywhere! The results were quite breath taking, and you can see some of the most creative offerings here.
Getting our hands dirty with the Heinz Tomato Ketchup ‘Grow Your Own’ campaign was one of our top summer highlights of this year. Every day, we ventured out into our little garden to nurture our plants and watch for the little flowers which would eventually pop into tomatoes. Little Button was mesmerised, and come rain or shine, she braved the elements to patiently wait for her tomatoes to make an appearance. She even sang and danced for them, thinking that the happier they were, the sweeter they would taste.
We absolutely love Heinz Tomato Ketchup, so growing our own tomatoes was a great way of showing Little Button the time and effort that goes on behind the scenes to grow the main ingredient for her favourite sauce.
Pleased as punch with our results, on first tasting, Little Button confirmed “Yes! Our tomatoes taste like our ketchup”. She was so pleased to have grown her own for the first time.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, it did. Our tomatoes were chosen by Heinz to be made into our very own personalised bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup! Wow! Even now I am still stunned.
We had lots fun picking out our top tomatoes for the job. “Do you think this tomato would make a good Heinz Tomato Ketchup one” Little Button asked every now and again, whilst considering each in turn.
All packaged and ready to go, we excitedly waved off our home grown tomatoes as they were carefully transported to Heinz’s Culinary and innovation Centre to be produced.
Here it is! Our own personalised bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup made from our very own home grown tomatoes.
Our sauce turned out a rich red colour and just slightly less thick than the real deal. It tasted a bit different too. Amazing.
What better way to enjoy a good dollop of Heinz Tomato Ketchup than with traditional fish and chips. A taste of summer, well enjoyed.
A huge thank you to Heinz for making our summer by turning our home grown tomatoes into an extra special personalised bottle of Heinz Tomato Ketchup. Little Button is already planning what she will be growing next year.
Did you join in with the Heinz Tomato Ketchup ‘Grow Your Own’ Campaign this year?