The original French onion dip was first made in 1954 in Los Angeles using sour cream and dehydrated onion soup mix. It was actually called its more popular name at the time, “California dip”. The name “French onion dip” started to be used more frequently in the 1990s and remains the more popular name for the dip to this day.
While certainly sour cream mixed with dehydrate onion soup mix is still popular today, there are now numerous commercially produced already prepared French onion dips available to consumers.
This article will outline the many French onion dip brands available to consumers. We think most readers will be surprised at how many brands are out there!
Scroll to the bottom of this article for a comprehensive and alphabetical list of brands.
Heluva Good was founded in 1925 in Sodus, New York. One day, in the early history of the company, a person came into the store and ate a piece a cheese. The customer quickly realized how good the cheese was and remarked, “Boy, that’s a hell of a good cheese”. This stuck with the founder, Perry Messinger, who would go on to name his business after the customer’s remarks.
While Heluva Good! still makes delicious cheese, they may be best known for their dips. Their current lineup of dips include Bacon Horseradish, Buttermilk Ranch, Nacho Queso, Bodacious Onion, Jalapeno Cheddar, White Cheddar, and French Onion.
The French onion dip is the most popular of all Heluva Good! dips. A serving size of two tablespoons (31g) has 50 calories and 4.5 grams of total fat. The primary ingredients are cultured pasteurized milk, cream and nonfat milk, salt, and dehydrated onions.
Dean’s is a brand of Ventura Foods. Other notable brands associated with Ventura are Marie’s Dressing, Gold ‘N Soft Spread, and Louana Oil.
While Dean’s French Onion is certainly the favorite among the company’s dips, they also make a few additional tasty varieties. These dips include Ranch, Guacamole, Cheddar Bacon, Bacon Ranch, Veggie Dip, Creamy Dill, and French Onion with Bacon.
Dean’s French Onion Dip has 60 calories and 5 grams of fat in a 2 tablespoon (30g) serving. According to the company’s website, the French Onion with Bacon Dip has the sames calories and total fat as regular French Onion Dip.
When most people think of Hidden Valley, their iconic ranch likely comes to mind. However, the company’s product line is much more diverse than most people know. They have sauces, pasta salads, salad toppings, and much more.
One product line that Hidden Valley has recently added is ready-to-eat dips. The current flavors of these dips are Garlic Parmesan, Aged Cheddar, Fiesta Ranch, and French Onion.
Hidden Valley’s French Onion Dip is made with caramelized onions, spices, and ranch flavor that creates an amazing blend for all your dipping needs.
A two tablespoon serving (30g) has 110 calories and 11 grams of total fat. The primary ingredients are water, vegetable oil, sugar, and caramelized onion puree.
When it comes to potato chips, there is nothing more popular than Lay’s. Given the popularity of Lay’s, it should be no surprise that the company makes dips to accompany their chips.
Lay’s French Onion Dip has 60 calories and 5 grams of total fat in a two tablespoon (33g) serving. The primary ingredients in this dip are water, sunflower and/or canola oil, onions, and whey protein concentrate.
Bison has been around for 75 years producing high-quality dairy products for consumers. The company specializes in a few core products, which are dips, cottage cheese, and sour cream. Bison is a member of the Upstate Niagara Cooperative that started in 1965. The company was acquired by the cooperative in 1983.
Bison dips include French Onion, Reduced Fat French Onion, Buffalo Ranch, Creamy Ranch, and Bacon Flavored French Onion Dip. A two tablespoon (30g) serving of the French Onion dip has 50 calories and 4.5 grams of fat. The primary ingredients are cultured pasteurized Grade A milk, cream, modified corn starch, salt, and dehydrated onion.
Mother Raw makes organic plant-based food. Their primary products are dips, dressing, queso, and condiments. Some of the main components of their foods are cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, and hemp seeds.
Mother Raw Organic French Onion Dip is vegan, non-GMO and USDA organic. Its main ingredients are filtered water, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, hemp seeds and minced onion.
A serving size of two tablespoons (31g) has 100 calories and 9 grams of total fat. While these nutrition numbers are a bit higher than many dairy based French onion dips, this dip is made with high-quality ingredients with nothing artificial.
Utz’s was started in 1921 with its first product, potato chips. They are now the largest privately held snack food company in America. The company currently makes numerous snack foods beyond potato chips such as caramel corn, cheese balls, pork rings, and pretzels.
Needless to say, but the company is much more than just a French onion dip brand. However, the company’s Creamy Onion Dip is mighty tasty and loved by many.
Kemps was founded in 1914 as an ice cream company. They have since expanded into making a wide array of dairy products as shown in the photo above. This St. Paul, Minnesota company is a subsidiary of the Dairy Farmers of America.
Based on the Kemps website, they only produce one dip, French Onion. The dip comes in two sizes: 16 oz and 8 oz. A two tablespoon (30g) serving has 60 calories and 5 grams of total fat. The primary ingredients are cultured cream, salt, and dehydrated onion.
Similar to Mother Raw featured above, Good Karma makes plant-based foods. Their original innovative product was flax-based milk made from flaxseeds. They have since added dips, sour cream and dairy-free yogurt to their assortment of products.
The Good Karma French Onion Dip is non-GMO, vegan, and contains live & active cultures. A serving size of 30 grams has only 30 calories and 2 grams of total fat. The top ingredients in this dip are water, coconut oil, tapioca flour and cornstarch.
Odyssey is a brand of a family-owned business called Klondike Cheese. Klondike been in business since 1925. Most people are likely aware of them for their delicious and award winning feta cheese.
The company started making Greek yogurt products in 2013. These products included yogurt, dips and sour cream. The three Greek yogurt dips made by Odyssey are Bell Pepper, SouthWest, and French Onion.
With 40 calories per serving and three times the protein of sour cream dips, Odyssey Greek Yogurt French Onion Dip is worth a try for a healthier alternative to many other dips.
Hiland is much more than just a french onion dip brand. They produce a long list of dairy and related products such as butter, cheese, cottage cheese, ice cream, and milk. They have been in business since 1938 and are currently in retail locations in Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas.
The current dips made by Hiland are Jalapeno Fiesta, Sour Cream Chive, Southwest Ranch, Veggie Ranch, Chipotle Fiesta, French Onion and Light French Onion.
Hope French Onion Dip is a dairy-free food made with cashews and almonds. The ingredients are non-GMO and gluten-free. A serving size of two tablespoons (28g) has 90 calories and 5 grams of total fat. Give this dip a try as a dairy alternative for all your dipping needs.
French Onion Dip Brands: A to Z
While we highlighted many of the popular French onion dip brands above, the list below provides a more complete picture of the French onion dips available to consumers.
- Anderson Erickson
- Bernea Farms
- Country Fresh
- Dairy Fresh
- Dutch Farms
- Good Karma
- Heluva Good!
- Hidden Valley
- Frito Lay
- Kite Hill
- Knorr (mix)
- Land O Lakes
- Lipton (mix)
- McCormick (seasoning mix)
- Mother Raw
- Oak Lake Farms
- Prairie Farms
- Simply Organic (mix)
- Spice Hunter (mix)
- Westby Organic