Former McDonald’s chef reveals the REAL reason why the fast food chain’s ketchup tastes SO different from Heinz’s version – and it all comes down to a few key ingredients

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A former McDonald's chef has shared the real reason why the chain's ketchup tastes different from Heinz's version of the dipping sauce - and it comes down to a few key ingredients

A former McDonald’s chef has shared the real reason why the chain’s ketchup tastes different from Heinz’s version of the dipping sauce – and it comes down to a few key ingredients.

Mike Haracz, from Schaumburg, Illinois, worked at the franchise until 2019, and he has become a viral TikTok star in recent months for sharing numerous secrets about the popular fast food company.

Most recently, he spilled on what really goes into the ketchup that McDonald’s offers, in response to a TikToker who questioned why the burger chain’s version of the condiment ‘hits so much different’ than ketchup served anywhere else.

The TikToker, named Marco, theorized that McDonald’s uses more vinegar in its ketchup than Heinz, the most well-known ketchup brand – which the fast food chain used to use, until switching to its own-brand recipe back in 2013. 

A former McDonald’s chef has shared the real reason why the chain’s ketchup tastes different from Heinz’s version of the dipping sauce – and it comes down to a few key ingredients

Mike Haracz, from Schaumburg, Illinois, worked at the franchise until 2019, and he has become a viral TikTok star in recent months for sharing secrets about the fast food company

Mike Haracz, from Schaumburg, Illinois, worked at the franchise until 2019, and he has become a viral TikTok star in recent months for sharing secrets about the fast food company 

The truth comes out: Most recently, he spilled on what really goes into the ketchup that McDonald's offers (stock image)

The truth comes out: Most recently, he spilled on what really goes into the ketchup that McDonald’s offers (stock image)

He also said that he believes McDonald’s puts honey into its ketchup – but Mike was quick to debunk this theory.

‘I’m a former McDonald’s chef. I guarantee neither [McDonald’s or Heinz] are putting honey in their ketchup,’ he stated.

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Mike explained that what makes up McDonald’s ketchup is actually ‘almost identical’ to the ingredients in Heinz’s ketchup, except for a few tiny details.

He responded to a TikToker, named Marco (seen), who questioned why the burger chain's version of the condiment 'hits so much different' than ketchup served anywhere else

He responded to a TikToker, named Marco (seen), who questioned why the burger chain’s version of the condiment ‘hits so much different’ than ketchup served anywhere else

He explained that Heinz adds a little more spice into its dipping sauce, which is likely why they taste different.

‘If you go to McDonald’s website and look at the ingredients statement under the ketchup and compare that to Heinz’s ketchup, it is almost identical,’ he continued.

‘Heinz actually has some added ingredients to it, making it maybe more flavorful. I don’t know, it’s up to you to decide whether it’s better or not.

‘But the ingredients statements are almost identical. There really doesn’t seem to be a big difference between the McDonald’s ketchup and the regular Heinz ketchup recipe based on the ingredients statements.’ 

According to McDonald’s website, its ketchup is made out of tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, salt, and natural flavors.

Marco theorized that McDonald's uses more vinegar in its ketchup than Heinz. He also said that he believes McDonald's puts honey into its ketchup - but Mike was quick to debunk this theory Marco theorized that McDonald's uses more vinegar in its ketchup than Heinz. He also said that he believes McDonald's puts honey into its ketchup - but Mike was quick to debunk this theory

Marco theorized that McDonald’s uses more vinegar in its ketchup than Heinz. He also said that he believes McDonald’s puts honey into its ketchup – but Mike was quick to debunk this theory

Mike explained that what makes up McDonald's ketchup is actually 'almost identical' to the ingredients in Heinz's ketchup, except for a few tiny details. He also said neither uses honey

Mike explained that what makes up McDonald’s ketchup is actually ‘almost identical’ to the ingredients in Heinz’s ketchup, except for a few tiny details. He also said neither uses honey

McDonald's website lists tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, salt, and natural flavors in its ketchup ingredients

McDonald’s website lists tomato concentrate from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, salt, and natural flavors in its ketchup ingredients

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As for Heinz, its contains all of the same things, as well as 'spice' and onion powder

As for Heinz, its contains all of the same things, as well as ‘spice’ and onion powder

As for Heinz, its contains all the same ingredients, as well as ‘spice’ and onion powder.

It’s unclear, however, how much of each product is used in the sauce, so it’s certainly possible that the ratios differ.

McDonald’s used to serve Heinz ketchup at its restaurants, but after their partnership ended in 2013, it announced it would be making its own ketchup. 

Since then, people have debated the difference in McDonald’s ketchup’s taste and consistency, with many wondering if the company added something special to make it tastier. And now, thanks to Mike, we finally have the answer.

The former McDonald’s employee has spoken out about a slew of other things that he learned from his years as a McDonald’s chef on the app – including why the chain doesn’t offer any certified gluten-free items on its menus.

In a recent video, he warned that there is ‘gluten all over the kitchen,’ which makes it hard for them to serve people who have an allergy to the protein.

Mike said: 'Heinz has some added ingredients to it, making it maybe more flavorful. I don't know, it's up to you to decide. But the ingredients are almost identical'

Mike said: ‘Heinz has some added ingredients to it, making it maybe more flavorful. I don’t know, it’s up to you to decide. But the ingredients are almost identical’

The former McDonald's employee has spoken out about a slew of other things that he learned from his years as a McDonald's chef on the app - including why doesn't offer gluten-free items

The former McDonald’s employee has spoken out about a slew of other things that he learned from his years as a McDonald’s chef on the app – including why doesn’t offer gluten-free items

He said that McDonald’s – which has around 13,500 locations across America – doesn’t take the ‘appropriate sanitation measures’ or get its crew members to the required ‘training level’ to serve a gluten-free item due to the immense ‘volume and scale’ of the company. 

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He has also shared a hack that could save customers money when they're getting a Big Mac at McDonald's. He suggested ordering a 'McDouble like a Mac' instead, which is $2 cheaper and practically the same

He has also shared a hack that could save customers money when they’re getting a Big Mac at McDonald’s. He suggested ordering a ‘McDouble like a Mac’ instead, which is $2 cheaper and practically the same

‘Wheat is just in the air there,’ he added. ‘It can cross contaminate products. It’s a risk they are not willing to take.

‘The training level and age and skill level of the people in their kitchens are only at a certain level.

‘Making sure it’s consistently safe for celiacs [in 13,500 restaurants] would be incredibly difficult.’

He added that the ‘biggest’ diving force is always if something is going to be ‘profitable’ for the brand. 

Last week, he also went viral for sharing a hack that could save customers money when they’re getting a Big Mac at McDonald’s.

He suggested ordering a ‘McDouble like a Mac’ instead, which is $2 cheaper and is practically the same as a Big Mac.

He also opened up about a secret item on the menu that you can only get at 10:35am – a burger with an egg on top. 

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