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Apr 17, 2014

Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip – you know it’s going to be a decadent dip. I knew that when I picked it up from the grocery store. I was looking for a more decadent dip to jazz up my morning breakfast routine. I’ve had my fair share of hummus in the past little while and I wanted something a little different. I like cheese so when I saw the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip I figured it was worth a try (that and the fact that it was on sale).


Product Review: What ingredients are in the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip?

Alright, I picked up the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip. Now, let’s take a look and see what ingredients went into this dip. Brace yourselves, it’s a long list: sour cream (milk ingredients, modified corn starch, guar gum, carrageenan, locust bean gum, sodium citrate, bacterial culture), mayonnaise (canola oil, egg yolks, vinegar, water, salt, sugar, spices), white cheddar and parmesan cheeses (pasteurized milk, modified milk ingredients, salt, calcium chloride, lipase, bacterial culture, microbial enzyme, cellulose, natamycin, sorbic acid), cream cheese (milk, cream, bacterial culture), spices, sea salt, citric acid, black peppercorn, green peppercorn, red peppercorn.

Well, what do I say? It’s obvious that I knew I was getting myself into trouble when I picked up the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip. I didn’t quite expect all that stuff to go into one dip but I knew it wasn’t going to be just a few basic ingredients. Having sour cream and mayo as the first two ingredients isn’t great and all the sub-components aren’t stellar either (not completely awful, but not stellar).

Let’s just hope the taste makes this all worth it.


Product Review: how does the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip taste?

I had high hopes. I’m hoping the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip will be rich, creamy, decadent, and flavourful. I toasted some bread and opened the container.

First off, kudos to the folks at Summer Fresh for adding some texture to this dip. You can clearly see the grated cheese and bits of what I think are peppercorns. It’s definitely got the sour cream and mayo – that’s the first thing I smell when I open the lid. The smell of cheese also hits me squarely in the face.

I take my first bite.

It’s okay but I’m not doing back flips. The Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip is certainly thick and rich and creamy but it’s a little off balance. I wish there was a bit more zip to this dip but it’s just thick. Sure, it’s got flavour but it comes across as heavy. I know, I know, it’s a cheese based creamy dip but it’s too much. I think I might have liked this more if it wasn’t a sour cream and mayo base, maybe Greek yogurt? That would add more zing and zip and it wouldn’t feel so oily. I like the hit of peppercorns but for me, this Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip was too much on its own.

To jazz it up a bit, I decided to try the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip with some avocado and freshly sliced tomatoes and it made a world of a difference.

The avocado is creamy but added texture and neutralized some of the oiliness that I felt from the dip. The freshly cut tomatoes though was the perfect touch. The tartness and juiciness of the tomatoes complemented the dip and made it palatable.


Verdict:

I’ve decided that the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip is an ideal supporting artist for any main dish that you might have at your party. I think it’ll pair well with some fresh tomatoes and other fresh veggies. On its own, I hate to say it, but the Summer Fresh White Cheddar and Parmesan Dip is a bit of a boring dud. It’s tastes too oily for my liking and the flavours are off balanced. It’s definitely cheesy but not in a good way. The 13 grams of fat for 2 TBSP speaks for itself.

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