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) noshockzone.org with the subject line – JAM. Today, just for kicks, I discuss ketchup popsicles.
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…
“Canadian ketchup brand French’s has unleashed a ketchup-flavored popsicle in honor of summer, and it’s sparked some strong sections from social media users. Dubbed the “Frenchsicle,” the unusual treat will only be available in select pop-up locations on Thursday. The controversial popsicle is part of a collaboration between French’s and Happy Pops, a Canadian ice pops company that uses natural, gluten-free ingredients for their products.”
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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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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.
Maybe if they use a french fry for the stick.
Yum! Great idea, Bill! Have a good night, and a super Fourth of July. 😀 –Diane
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!.
I’m Canadian, and a ketchup popsicle is just gross!
Hot Dogs HAVE to have Ketchup, Mustard, pickles at a minimum. Chili and cheese dogs are great too!
Gives me the idea of Bloody Mary’s using frozen ketchup!
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.”
BTW: I love salsa on hot dogs!
Salsa and Nacho cheese on a hot dog… 😋😋😋
I’m Canadian!! & Really?? A Ketchup Popsicle?? – Say It “ain’t so; Joe!!
I’ll try it if they have a french fry popsicle to go with it.
I don’t know what to say about that…🤣🤣🤣
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.
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.
Are you saying we shouldn’t hook a 120 volt line to a ketchup popsicle?
It could make them come alive, like Frankenstein’s monster….
No ketchup on your french fries??? What about white vinegar? That’s another Canadian thing I have never seen in the states…
Hey, I like salt and vinegar on my fries. They have malt vinegar on the table at Long John Silver restaurants.
Why, when grape and cherry are readily available?
Ketchup can be used to cover many kitchen disasters, But, popsicle, really?
What next, ketchup soup?
College students used to put ketchup packets in hot water to make free tomato soup, but I stuck with Ramen Noodles…
It’s even better if you take the ketchup out of the packets!
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.
Okay, you are correct. But if sort of looks like and tastes like ham… 😁
It’s pig no matter what it’s called.