Thanks to the advent of democracy, padding your pockets as a British monarch isn’t quite as easy as it used to be, but the Royal Family continues to find ways. Over the past several years, Queen Elizabeth II and company have released beers, wine, and two different types of gin — one tied to Buckingham Palace and another to Sandringham House.
Now, having blanketed the alcohol market (don’t expect a Royal hard seltzer anytime soon), the Queen is returning to less boozy pastures: monarchy-approved condiments.
These “Royal Estate” condiments are set to arrive in two varieties: tomato sauce and brown sauce, according to The Sun. For the uninitiated, “tomato sauce” is the vague term Brits use for ketchup, while “brown sauce” is kind of like A1 sauce but with ketchup-like thickness. The best-known brown sauce brand is Heinz’s HP, which is ubiquitous at restaurants across the U.K.
Both sauces will reportedly be produced at Sandringham which, beyond being a gin and condiment factory, is also one of the Queen’s estates.
The Tomato Sauce is apparently “ideal for breakfast or any time of the day,” utilizing dates, apple juice, and spices in its recipe, while the Brown Sauce is “packed with vinegar and spices.”
And if you want to eat like the Queen, be prepared to pay royal prices: Both bottles are said to cost £6.99 (about $9.50) for a mere 295-gram bottle. Comparatively, a 450-gram bottle of HP Sauce can be picked up for about $2.75.
“If I’m paying £6.99 for a bottle of something I want wine in it,” one local supposedly told The Sun, flashing that classic British wit. These new sauces have not yet appeared on the Sandringham online shop, and The Sun — which broke the news as an exclusive this week — did not provide any details on when they might be released. But if I know Brits, expect it to be available by Easter or what’s the point, really?
Source: Food and Wine