Many times in our shop I heard “Why does this say “condiment”? Isn’t it a real Balsamic Vinegar?” The answer is – it depends. let’s look at each case closer.
The only way to find out the truth is to check the ingredient list (as in many other cases).
1. Ingredients: 100% “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP”
Don’t judge a book by its cover. In this case, we deal with the real Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP. So why is it called “a condiment”?! Simply because the IGP regulation doesn’t allow producers name Balsamics that have less than 250 ml of content as “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP”. Absurd? I know. That is why you will never find a “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP” in bottles smaller than 250 ml, it will be always called “a condiment”. Example: Condiment with “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena” Gold Label
2. Ingredients: (some percent) “Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP” + other ingredients (can be anything from fruite juice, puree or syrup to aromas, etc)
In this case we deal with a food condiment. So it’s not a pure Balsamic Vinegar of Modena. It doesn’t mean it’s worse than pure balsamic, it’s just a different product. It might be even meant to be used in a different way. For instance La Vecchia Dispensa’s Apple and Citrus Condiment with Balsamic Vinegar
This condiment is created for sweet lovers! It has deep wood notes as Balsamic does, but it is way sweeter and smoother because of apple syrup and acacia honey. It also has a light citrus aftertaste. This product is amazing on ice-cream, fruit salads, Panna Cotta, etc.
I hope now it’s a little bit more clear what a condiment with Balsamic Vinegar is.