I discovered a huge product recipe change while shopping for a familiar ingredient to make one of my favorite dishes – Lentil Shepherds Pie, from ‘The cake the Buddha ate’ Recipe book – from the BRC.
The Colman’s Holbrooks Worcestershire Sauce has changed and it is not necessarily for the better.
ORIGINAL – *top one*: water, vinegar, molasses, cane sugar, salt, spices, colourant(e150a), tamarind extract, lemon oil, flavouring.
Total: 10 (1 x E-number)
NEW RECIPE – *bottom one*: water, vinegar, molasses, salt (non iodated), monosodium glutamate (flavour enhancer), cane sugar, spices (irradiated), colourant(e150a), flavouring, tamarind extract, stabaliser(e415), mannitol(E421)
Total: 12 (3 x E-numbers)
ORIGINAL – *Top one* per 5 g serving:
Energy – 10kJ
Protein – 0.1g
Total sugar – 0.5g
Total fat – 0g
Salt – 0.1g
NEW RECIPE – *Bottom one* per 5g serving:
Energy – 12kJ
Sugars – 0.4g
Fat – <0.1g
Saturates – <0.1g
Salt – 0.1g
Product comparison review summary
NEW PRODUCT opinion – I am unable to find one real pro to this change.
The packaging change from plastic to glass is admirable in terms of environmental care, but a complete disaster for retailer merchandisers and customers with tiled floors and accident prone!
The ingredient change makes for an entirely new product all together.
Added MSG – why?
Per 5g serving…
Reduced sugar by 0.1g BUT
Added fat with increased Total fat from 0 to 0.1g
No more Protein
Now with added stabilizer and mannitol*
* a note on mannitol – Mannitol is a type of sugar alcohol which is also used as a medication. As a sugar, it is often used as a sweetener in diabetic food, as it is poorly absorbed from the intestine.
Why this product needs added Mannitol is beyond weird to me!
Ingredients went from 10 to 12 with 3 E-number ingredients on the NEW vs. 1 in the ORIGINAL. Not cool.
If you have a fish allergy or are vegan or vegetarian, then the new recipe with added junk ingredients may be for you.
Essentially the new recipe is a new product with a whole new flavour profile. Do not expect the same product taste when or if you buy this brand again.
I have officially stopped buying this product and will share my new replacement product soon – ps. it’s super delicious and far more nutritious with healthier ingredients 🙂