Saturday, June 3, 2023


RVelectricity – Just Ask Mike (J.A.M.): Ketchup update: Popsicles?

Welcome to my J.A.M. (Just Ask Mike) Session, a weekly column where I answer your basic electrical questions. If you’re a newbie who’s never plugged in a shore power cord (or ask – what’s a shore power cord?), or wonder why your daughter’s hair dryer keeps tripping the circuit breaker, this column is for you. Send your questions to Mike Sokol at mike (at) with the subject line – JAM. Today, just for kicks, I discuss ketchup popsicles.


Dear Readers,

Whoda thunk?

Those goofy Canadians (and I do love my Canadian friends) have come up with something so strange, so off the wall, that I just have to cover it here.

As you probably know, I have strong feelings about ketchup and what not to put it on. So, ketchup on meatloaf is great… ketchup on hotdogs is a no-go. Ketchup on french fries is a necessity… ketchup on steak—OMG, NO! I’m still on the fence about ketchup on eggs, but I do like a little hot sauce on the side. So what’s all the controversy about? Read on and find out…

Ketchup Popsicle madness!

Canadians have a long history of offbeat foods that we love or hate, such as Canadian bacon (yes, it’s really ham) and cheese curds (looks pretty disgusting to me). But here’s what’s going on now…

Have they gone too far?

Some things are sacrosanct. They have been around for so long that they’ve been woven into the threads of society. Pull on one thread and the entire fabric of the space/time continuum could be ripped to shreds with unforeseen consequences! (Yes, I’m still a Trekkie.)

So, I’m asking you to respond to this poll. Do you love the idea of ketchup-flavored popsicles? Hate it? Don’t care either way? Please respond to the poll below and be counted. Plus, if I can get a sample I’m even willing to try one and do a review.

OK, everyone. Remember that electricity is a useful and powerful force, so we all need to pay attention to safety precautions while using it, e.g., don’t stick your Ketchup Popsicle in an electrical outlet.

Let’s play safe out there…

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Tony V
10 months ago

My mother was Canadian and many of the foods I grew up with I believed were plain old American. Until I discovered that Canadian Hot Sauce (ketchup) was frowned upon on hot dogs, I thought all was normal.
Y’know what? I eat what I like, borders be darned. But I draw the line at catsup, or ketchup popsicles.

11 months ago

Maybe if they use a french fry for the stick.

RV Staff
11 months ago
Reply to  Bill

Yum! Great idea, Bill! Have a good night, and a super Fourth of July. 😀 –Diane

11 months ago

A childhood friend of mine used to put ketchup on his ice cream. Canada is the home of Beaver Tails pastries and I LOVE THEM!!! Their Poutine is very good too. I would never had thought of smothering french fries with gravy and cheese curds, but they’re pretty tasty too!.

Leonard Rempel
11 months ago

I’m Canadian, and a ketchup popsicle is just gross!

Brian Burry
11 months ago

Hot Dogs HAVE to have Ketchup, Mustard, pickles at a minimum. Chili and cheese dogs are great too!

11 months ago

Gives me the idea of Bloody Mary’s using frozen ketchup!

Van Smith
11 months ago

Thanks Mike, I love your posts. This one is hilarious but I voted “Oh no….” Fourteen years ago I was diagnosed borderline diabetic and have been eating less and less sugar since. I switched from ketchup to salsa and never looked back. Even if they made a sugar free version, I don’t think I would be interested. One of my old maid aunts used to often say, ” ‘To each their own ‘, said the old lady as she kissed the cow.”

Mike Sokol
11 months ago
Reply to  Van Smith

BTW: I love salsa on hot dogs!

Mike Sokol
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

Salsa and Nacho cheese on a hot dog… 😋😋😋

11 months ago

I’m Canadian!! & Really?? A Ketchup Popsicle?? – Say It “ain’t so; Joe!!

11 months ago

I’ll try it if they have a french fry popsicle to go with it.

Mike Sokol
11 months ago
Reply to  Crowman

I don’t know what to say about that…🤣🤣🤣

Bob p
11 months ago

Ketchup(catsup) doesn’t belong with mayonnaise either, hate the sloppiness of a Whopper at BK because they put catsup and mayonnaise on by the tablespoon full. Very seldom eat at BK but alway try to remember to tell them hold the ketchup.

11 months ago

As a proud Canadian I say Yuck to ketchup popsicles and potatoe chips. French fries, hot dogs, burgers, Kraft dinner, definitely. Ketchup also cleans the bottoms of pots and pans.

Tommy Molnar
11 months ago

Are you saying we shouldn’t hook a 120 volt line to a ketchup popsicle?

Seann Fox
11 months ago

No ketchup on your french fries??? What about white vinegar? That’s another Canadian thing I have never seen in the states…

Chic Sanders
11 months ago

Why, when grape and cherry are readily available?

11 months ago

Ketchup can be used to cover many kitchen disasters, But, popsicle, really?
What next, ketchup soup?

Rick W.
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

It’s even better if you take the ketchup out of the packets!

11 months ago

Canadian bacon (“back bacon”) is not ham. Ham is taken from the leg. Back bacon is from the… Wait for it… back. Actually the loin. Just because it tastes similar doesn’t make it the same.

Bob p
11 months ago
Reply to  Mike Sokol

It’s pig no matter what it’s called.

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