In the world of condiments, ketchup plays the role of America's sweetheart. Transforming over time from its pungent origin as a fish sauce into today's glossy tomato-based topping, ketchup has earned its rightful place on dinner tables and condiment stations worldwide. We often slather it over comfort foods like french fries, hamburgers and hot dogs (much to the chagrin of Chicagoans) and find that the sweet and tangy sauce improves the most bland of dishes (although some foodies and critics may passionately disagree).

But how much do you really know about ketchup? Ever wonder why it is solid one minute and runny the next, or want to find out how you can use ketchup outside the kitchen? 

Check out the slideshow above to discover more things to love about this hotly debated and much beloved sauce.

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