Eat This Not That: Summer 2014 Best Newcomers In Chip And Dip Category:
Heluva Good! Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion Dip
RW Garcia Tortatos
Why we liked it: This is chip and dip season, parties by the pool, graduation, Fourth of July, and tons of summer soirees and camping outings in general.
The criteria for us are that the retail premade dips and chips have quality ingredients (no GMOs, no excessive sodium, no carrageenan) and reasonable calorie counts.
The two newcomers are from American companies who have great track records in the snack food category and who we always see every year at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim. The reason these two were selected was that they excelled in taste and met the aforementioned requirements.
RW Garcia Tortatos
RW Garcia has been in business for over 30 years and makes a variety of all-natural, Non-GMO, gluten-free corn-based snacks. That sentence alone should inspire you to look for them and try their line out. We have reviewed their other dippers before and found them to be excellent. They are wholesome and for those of you unaware of the dangers of GMO foods, please read this.
The gluten-free Tortato chip is a lighter version of a tortilla chip and a sturdier version of a potato chip. It is not at all greasy and perfectly adept at holding a dip or serving as a base for a nacho platter. The flavor is a nice melding of the two components, corn and potato, and is a tasty and not too salty snack that can be enjoyed with moderation.
This was a happy surprise, as most if not all premade dips are loaded with awful ingredients and taste chemically laced or just not fresh. This dip is bursting with flavor of caramelized onion and garlic, with no bad dip thickeners, gelatinous goo or preservatives. Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion Dip combines the rich, sweet flavors of roasted garlic and caramelized onion blended with the creamy taste of sour cream to pair with crudité, Tortatos or pita chip. It is amazingly good.
M&C likes the Heluva Good! brand of real sour cream dips, cheeses and condiments, as this American company has been in business for more than 85 years. Founder Perry Messinger began making wedges of homemade washed curd cheese in a basement in Sodus, NY. Messinger sold a little, but mostly did it as a hobby. As the story goes, one day a traveling salesman stopped in and sampled a wedge. Upon tasting it, he declared, “That’s a hell of a good cheese.” At that moment, Messinger new he had to quit his day job. Today, Heluva Good! is part of the HP Hood LLC family of brands.
Heluva Good!’s lineup includes the Limited Edition Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion, French Onion, Bacon Horseradish, Jalapeño Cheddar, White Cheddar and Bacon, Buttermilk Ranch, Bodacious® Onion, and Buffalo Wing.
Roasted Garlic & Caramelized Onion Dip is available in a 12-ounce container. It goes quickly!