BOSTON (CBS) – Phantom Gourmet recently purchased four jars of French Onion dip at a local supermarket.

The creamy contenders were: Helluva Good, Lay’s, Utz and Wise.

Truth be told, none of these brands were all that impressive, but one still had to end up at the top of the food chain.

Utz Creamy Onion Dip finished in last place. This shockingly sub-par jar featured a dip that was way too tangy and incredibly salty.

To make matters worse, the texture was so inexplicably gritty, Phantom checked to see if ‘sand’ was one of the ingredients.

Considering Utz makes some of Phantom’s favorite chips, he couldn’t believe what a horrible job they did with this dip.

Peeling open the jar of Wise French Onion Dip, Phantom was hoping for something a bit better but he didn’t really get it.

This brand was simply way too sweet. On the upside, this dip was nice and thick, and the large pieces of dehydrated onions provided an interesting contrast of textures.

The runner up is Helluva Good French Onion Sour Cream Dip. When it comes to this refrigerated dip, the name tells you everything you need to know, because this spread is all about the sour cream.

This brand tasted most like homemade. Unfortunately, it was so mild, it didn’t taste anything like French Onion. But if what you’re dipping already has plenty of flavor, Helluva good is one heck of a choice.

At the top of the food chain is Lay’s.

Pop the top of this tall glass jar and at first glance, you might find the looks of what’s inside a bit off putting.But this gray goop actually tastes pretty good. There’s plenty of onion flavor, a nice balance of salty and sweet and a thick consistency that stands up to chips, veggies, or whatever else you might want to stick in the jar.

That’s why Lay’s French Onion Dip is at the top of the food chain.

For more food and fun, watch the Phantom Gourmet Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on MyTV38.


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