Have you noticed that some of the major grocery stores have stopped carrying name brand products? I've noticed it happening at both Kroger and Walmart stores.It's a marketing thing for the stores. They want to sell you their own store brand, but you want to buy the name brand. Let me give you an example with yogurt. I've mentioned before on here that I love Weight Watchers yogurt. It's the best I've ever tasted, but many of the Walmart stores no longer carry it. Out of five Walmart stores that I have been to, only two have the Weight Watchers brand yogurt.
I love Prairie Farms French Onion Dip. I've tried the store brands and even the other brands and none match up to Prairie Farms brand. You know what happened, my local Kroger store stopped carrying Prairie Farms French Onion Dip. The only place I can find it now is at Walmart and that's a thirty-minute drive away. So, this week I decided to try and make my own onion chip dip. How hard could that be? Well, I found out that it was pretty easy. At my local store, I bought a 16 oz. container of Kroger Sour Cream and one package of Kroger Green Onion Dip Mix. The instructions on the package didn't say anything about mixing it with sour cream, but why not? Mixing both together, I discovered a really good Onion Dip. My husband liked it so well that he nearly ate all of it and then asked me to make another batch a few days later. You can't beat how easy it was to make. Sometimes, experimenting pays off.
Addendum, February 19, 2011:
I went to Walmart today and wouldn't you know it, they did not have the French Onion Dip AND they only had three flavors of Weight Watchers Yogurt, who of which I don't like. I may have to rethink my normal shopping stops.