One of our favorite dips is Kraft French Onion. I would like to say that the best non-pre-made, packaged dip is Knorr Vegetable, but we’re doing pre-made tonight.
I picked Heluva Good to compare against Kraft because that was the only other French Onion dip I found on the same trip to the store. I haven’t had Heluva in a long time and remembered not liking it. I’m also not crazy about the name either. I guess it wouldn’t be allowed on the shelves if it said “Hell of a Good” but either way it sounds kind of “classless”. Not that Kraft is classy and we all know I’m not (see drinking Mt. Dew in wine glass post), but maybe I was just remembering their old package design with the “rural old timer” (who I get the feeling may not have any teeth) feeding his beard a chip w/ dip. Maybe the folks at Heluva felt the same because they’ve redesigned their packaging to look a little more modern.
This dip is very creamy, the onion flavor has a slight toastiness to it. It even had a bit of a toasty beige color. There is a nice subtle tang and Ethan says it has just enough sweetness. He also said the mild taste and creaminess are really the features that make this “just good”.
I don’t know if they’ve changed their recipe or something but I found myself liking this a lot. It definitely had much more of a sour cream taste and found it to be “fresh” tasting. The texture seemed lighter and still maintained a creamy quality. Ethan didn’t like the sourness and refused to say anything nice about it.
We went separate ways on this one. I strayed from “old reliable” Kraft and continued eating the Heluva. It really impressed me with the fresh taste and more simple ingredient list. Ethan continued to be loyal to Kraft and stood by all the qualities he liked about it that made it “the best”.