When I was younger, I remember trying Burger King’s sweet and sour sauce and hating it. It was a transparent, orange liquid that wasn’t very good. I don’t know how accurate my memory was or if they changed the recipe, but I tried the sauce again recently and it was actually pretty good.
Normally, most sweet and sour sauces are mostly water, sugar and vinegar. The distinguishing characteristic is what else they add to it. In Burger King’s sauce, the primary additional ingredient is pineapple. There’s also a little apricot, but there’s more pineapple. You can taste the sweetness the pineapple offers, but you wouldn’t know it unless you looked at the ingredients.
Overall, the sweet and sour sauce was pretty good, but McDonald’s still has the best fast food sweet and sour sauce in my opinion. I don’t know what the ingredients are in McDonald’s sweet and sour sauce, but the taste and the consistency are just more appealing to me.
This is the ideal sauce to eat with their fried shrimp. Heck, it’s good with just about anything on their menu. I love garlic and I could eat just about anything with more of it, so of course I enjoyed the garlic tartar sauce. It’s not overwhelmingly garlic-y either. There’s just enough of it to taste the garlic.
Popeyes Creole Cocktail Sauce is basically spicy cocktail sauce. Cocktail sauce is basically chunky ketchup. It’s similar to salsa, but I would say that between salsa and ketchup, it still leans more in flavor profile to ketchup.
The thing about this sauce is that it makes me wonder why all cocktail sauce doesn’t have an element of spice to it, like with salsa. Spicy cocktail sauce should be the default way to serve the sauce. Without it, it’s like eating chunky ketchup.
Overall, a good sauce that goes well enough with the fried shrimp, though I think the garlic tartar sauce is superior. The ideal medium for this sauce would likely be the shrimp po boy sandwiches they occasionally have on their menu.