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Bick’s Garlic Premium Baby Dill Pickles at Costco: Product Review

A nice short little review for you guys today, for the simple reasons that I’m reviewing one of the simplest, most amazing products ever sold, at least according to my wife, who is pickle-crazy: Bick’s Garlic Premium Baby Dill Pickles, which can be picked up at Costco or at a million other places. Until researching for this review, I had no idea what an absolute great snack pickles are, so there you have it.

Bick's Garlic Premium Baby Dill Pickles

Bick’s Garlic Premium Baby Dill Pickles

One of the first thing I noticed about this product is that besides the fact that pickles are quite solid, and if dry, would certainly be sold by weight, they are here sold by volume. The jar indicates that this is a 2-liter container, and thus contains a total volume of 2 liters, including both the pickles and the liquid and everything else.

This 2-liter jar cost $4.99 at Costco, and is blessedly free of taxes. This price is very much lower than the competition, as a quick Amazon search will tell you. Of course, shipping charges on a jar of pickles are going to be expensive, so better make sure you want them. They are still much cheaper then the brick-and-mortar competition, and Bick’s is a name you can trust for crunchy, tasty pickles. Like Vlasic.

What about the pickles themselves? This is where the review gets short and to the point: they are delicious. They have just the right amount of crunch, just enough garlic to taste without ruining everyone else’s day, and they are not too salty, which is often the problem with pickles, or other marinated, pickled goods.

One thing I find incredible about these pickles is how low calorie they are; sure, the package says “Low Calorie!” but really, how low can you really go?

How about 3 calories per pickle? That’s right, 3. Three, not thirty, not three hundred. Three.

They might as well say zero, because I get the feeling that if you ate only pickles, you would die of hunger, eventually. You’d probably suffer from high blood pressure by that time, too, since every pickle contains 11% of your daily sodium intake, or 270 mg. Don’t look for vitamins or minerals in there, either, because they have simply been omitted.

But damn, they are tasty!

As long as you don’t go overboard, they really are the perfect snack. They taste amazing, have no calories to speak of, and no fat. Just a bit of salt, like any self-respecting snack should.

Since this is an in-depth review, I will include the ingredients that go in making Bick’s Premium Garlic Baby Dill Pickles. Here you go, in order of importance:

  • Cucumbers
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Salt
  • Dehydrated garlic
  • Calcium chloride
  • Polysorbate 80
  • Seasonings – I guess this is where the ‘dill’ resides

These pickles are made in the USA, and imported into Canada by Smucker Foods of Canada, from Markham, On.

Despite the fact that the jar is huge, and will take a lot of room in your fridge, these baby dill pickles are too good a deal to pass up. Stock up and make sure you always have them on hand for burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, or just as a relatively healthy afternoon snack for the kids, or yourselves. I’m going to each one or three right now.

Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings at Costco: Product Review

Yesterday was a bumper crop for new Costco items; I’ll be the first to admit that as much as I like trying new things, the essence of Costco savings is replenishing your stock of existing products while making sure you get the best possible price. That being said, yesterday we bought a bunch of new things, including what turned out to be absolutely delicious uncooked Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings. Just to give you an idea, I had absolutely no idea what ‘pelmeni’ meant until I came back home and Googled it. Turns out they’re peroguies, with a fancy name.

Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings

Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings

This 1.4 kilogram bag of dumplings costs $9.99 at my local Costco, and contains approximately 125 dumplings. Each dumpling thus costs about 8 cents each, and each portion of 9 dumplings costs less than 75 cents ($0.75). This is a great price for something that is so incredibly delicious.

Speaking of new things, I made video review of this product, my first ever! Check it out below, and make sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel to be notified of new reviews!

I really had no idea what to expect when I bought those, and even less when I cooked them, but I needn’t have worried. The meat is extremely tasty, meaty and filling, and the dough, soft and silky yet pleasingly chewy, a little like Asian dumplings. I made the choice of cutting each dumpling before eating it, just to check out the consistency of the filling, but they can and probably should be eaten in a single bite, as the chicken filling has a tendency to pop out when cut. It’s not a real problem.

Now it turns out that these were our main mid-day meal, rather than the appetizers they are almost certainly meant as. My wife had some soup, while I polished off some leftover pasta to go with the dumplings. I used both Oyster Sauce and Hoisin Sauce as dipping sauces. I found that while delicious, their taste were a little overwhelming for the delicate taste of the chicken, so next time I’m thinking a simple soy dipping sauce will work great, maybe with some green onions and whatnot.

One of the things I really appreciate from these little perogies is that the ingredients are really wholesome. No conservation agents, nothing unpronounceable. See for yourself:

Filling Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Onions
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper

Dough Ingredients:

  • Wheat flour
  • Water
  • Canola Oil
  • Salt

End of list. Incredible, isn’t it?

I go through the nutritional information in the video (see above), but in a nutshell, each serving is 220 calories, and overall, these are not really bad for you, eaten in moderation. There are few vitamins but some iron, they’re not too salty or greasy, et cetera. You could do a lot worse with something that comes out a bag in the freezer.

The cooking process, as recommended by the packaging, involves boiling the pelmeni and drizzling them with oil once drained, in order prevent them sticking to each other. It’s really fast and simple. The longest part really is waiting for the water to boil.

I will be buying these Chicken Pelmeni European Dumplings again; they are really good and will be great for stocking up our freezer. I hope they go on sale so I can stock up. These dumplings are also made in Canada, so you know you are supporting a local company and local jobs. Are they available at your Costco? If so, in what flavors? Let me know in the comments below!

Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap at Costco: Product Review

I’m actually excited about writing this review, because the size of these jugs of soap is so massive that I don’t think I’ll get the chance for another couple of years! Okay, maybe *excited* is too strong a term for hand soap, but you know what I mean. Buying things like these is the real essence of Costco savings, and why I try to shop there as much as I can. I did a relatively large Costco order the other day, and it seemed like the right time to stock up on hand soap, as our supplies at home were depleted. I got the Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap, in not one, but two massive, 2.36 liter jugs, for only $11.49, plus applicable taxes.

Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap

Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap

Now I don’t need to tell you that this is a bunch of soap. Combined, these two jugs represent almost 5 liters of hand soap, which is quite a bit more than a gallon, imperial or otherwise. The little dispenser bottle I fill up contains 340 ml, which means that I can refill it almost 14 times before running out. This means that each refill costs me about 83 cents. If you compare that with buying a new dispenser at the pharmacy, like countless people do, every time they need more hand soap, you’ll realize that the savings are incredible, in all likelihood in the range of 75% to 90%, depending on the specials in your area.

But what about the soap itself? Is it any good? Well, it washes my hands without drying them out, and is certainly appropriate for all but the most compulsive hand-washer. I wash my hands an appropriate number of times during the day (without going into details), and have never experienced dry excessively dry hands, except maybe for a few days in winter. I’m certain that you could find hand soap that is marginally better than the Soaftsoap with Aloe Vera, but not at this price, that’s for sure.

Here are the ingredients of the Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moisturizing Hand Soap, in decreasing order:

  • Aqua (that’s water, with a fancier name)
  • Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate
  • Laureth-3
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Glycol Stearate
  • Sodium Chloride
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Perfume
  • Polyquaternium-7
  • PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (that’s the Aloe Vera)
  • Citric Acid
  • Tetrasodium EDTA, Glycerin
  • Poloxamer 124
  • Hydrolyzed Silk

As you can see, the list is heavy with chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients, but that doesn’t mean much. This is hand soap, not chicken soup. You’ll notice, however, that the Aloe Vera, which features prominently in the name of the product, is quite far down the ingredients list. There’s not that much in there, and the Softsoap hand soap relies partly on hydrolyzed silk for its silky, smooth feel. This hand soap is manufactured and distributed by Colgate-Palmolive.

In closing, I’ll mention something that is often overlooked in reviews such as these: the containers themselves. They are made of recyclable plastic, and are easy to squeeze, but not *too* easy. You don’t want to make a mess when you refill your little bottles. They are easy to grasp and hold, and the lid easily snaps open and shut (see picture), making for a convenient pour. Overall, I must say that I’m quite happy with my Softsoap Soothing Aloe Vera Moiturizing Hand Soap, on all levels: the price is right, the quantity convenient, the soap cleans and the containers are recyclable and easy to use. Five stars. So far I’m two on two with my Softsoap products!

Lego City 60099 Advent Calendar now at Costco

Getting kids to be excited about Christmas is not a very difficult thing to do! I find the idea of the Advent Calendar compelling, even though we are not very religious at all, as it helps crystallize in their young minds the idea of *waiting* for something. This is something that is considerably hard to establish with kids, for some reason. I’m not a huge fans of Advent Calendars that come with a bunch of chocolate inside – they don’t need any more of that – but on the other hand, you can never have too many Legos! Introducing the really cool Lego City 60099 Advent Calendar, available in a bunch of places, as well as my local Costco!

Lego City 60099 Advent Calendar

Lego City 60099 Advent Calendar

I love Legos as much as the next guy … I mean, my son loves Legos as much as any four-year-old can… and there can never be too many Legos in a house.

I love the idea of getting a little toy every day of the Advent Calendar. These are not cheap Kinder toys, or Dollarama crap. These are genuine, brand name Legos that fit with all the other Legos we own. There’s a Lego Santa, cops and robbers, a snow man and a bunch of other things.

This Lego City set is available at my local Costco for only $29.99 – $10 cheaper than on Amazon. For a set containing 278 pieces, this is a really good price, and something original to give your kids just ahead of Christmas. If you’re interested in this Lego Advent Calendar, I would encourage you to get there soon. There is a limited quantity, and Costco won’t be receiving more between now and Christmas.

Dearfoams Men’s Memory Foam Slippers at Costco: Product Review

I’ve never been a slippers kind of guy; socks have always seemed to do the job. That being said, my office in our new house is in the basement, and in the winter, it gets quite chilly down there. I figured that it would be nice to have something warmer to put on my feet while I’m updating the website in the cold winter months. When I saw the Dearfoams Men’s Memory Foam Slippers at Costco, I figured I didn’t have much to lose, and potentially quite a bit to gain.

Dearfoams Men's Memory Foam Slippers

Dearfoams Men’s Memory Foam Slippers

Since I know that Costco usually offers value, the first thing I noticed was the price. The regular price for these memory foam slippers is $13.99, which is cheap enough, but I was lucky enough to buy them with a $4 instant rebate, which brought the price down under $10, at $9.99. I figured that at the price, they’d just need to be OK – not great – and I would have more than my money’s worth, which is always the point.

Dearfoams Men's Memory Foam Slippers

Dearfoams Men’s Memory Foam Slippers

Visually speaking, and at first glance, the slippers look like they are made of some sort of coarse recycled material. which I’m sure is exactly what it is. The outside of the slipper is softer than it looks, but not by much. The soles are durable rubber, made for an outdoor and indoor use, although I would not go outside with these unless the ground was very dry – no snow. Perfect for indoor use, ideally while having a delicious coffee.

The material that covers the inside of the slippers is quite soft, and more pleasant to the touch than the exterior, and comes in a nice, homey, plaid pattern.

Now, to comfort. I’ll start off by saying that as you can see by the picture, I bought the 11-12 size, as I normally wear 10-1/2 to 11-1/2 size shoes. Unfortunately, I really need to jam my foot as deep as it’ll go in the slipper to make sure my heel isn’t over the back ridge of the slipper, which is not a deal-breaker, but a little uncomfortable. I’m sure that with use, the ridge will become softer and more pliable, making this point moot.

As far the memory foam goes, it’s there, and my feet are quite comfortably supported when I’m sitting, which I do most of the time when I’m wearing them, but when I stand and the foam has to bear the brunt of my 200-plus pounds, it bottoms out quickly, as it’s not very thick. When I walk, I feel like the ball of my foot is only a little cushioned, and that the sole is doing most of the work.

That being said, these Dearfoams Men’s Memory Foam Slippers are not uncomfortable to walk in, and do a great job of keeping my feet cozy and warm when I’m sitting, which is what I expect of them.  Walking around the house – slowly – or maybe taking out the garbage in my slippers and housecoat is about the most stress I would put on them. Bought for anywhere under $15, these slippers are a great deal. I feel like they are a little flimsy, but I only paid ten bucks for them, and time will tell. I won’t judge them on that count before wearing them through the winter. As an added bonus, these slippers are machine washable, so if you step in a mud puddle, or drop some hot coco on them, they’re easy to clean. You can visit the Dearfoams site right here.

Berthelet Chicken Soup Base at Costco: Product Review

Whatever the level of cooking expertise you assign yourself, you know that having chicken soup base is an absolute requirement for cooking, from the simplest, easiest meal to the fanciest of feasts. This is why it’s important to never run out, or as rarely as possible, and thanks to Costco, this happens very rarely in my household. I buy the Berthelet Chicken Soup Base at Costco, in a 2.25 kilogram container, for $10.99. Needless to say, that’s a lot of chicken soup base, but then again, you can put that stuff in nearly everything.

Berthelet Chicken Soup Base

Berthelet Chicken Soup Base

I use chicken soup base not only for chicken soup, but also to make rice – an absolute must – and for my go-to pasta recipe, the one and only oil and garlic pasta, which interestingly is bland as heck without chicken soup base.

I really love the Berthelet chicken soup base for several reasons. The first, obviously, is the taste. While it is very salty, as it should, it also has a rich, almost sweet aftertaste that I haven’t found it other, lesser brands. Second is the price. At the rate I go through this stuff, it can’t be very expensive.  Fortunately, the size of the Costco bucket means that I’m not buying it every week. Thank god.

In any case, the last container I bought, before the one on my counter right now, I bought for $10.89, and opened it on November 26th, 2014. This means that my container lasted for 273 days, or a mere 3.98 pennies a day, for all the chicken soup base I needed, and I’m never stingy with it.

As far as ingredients go, it’s about what you’d expect. Here are, in order of appearance, the ingredients you’ll find in the Berthelet Chicken Soup base:

  • Salt
  • Dextrose
  • Glucose Solids
  • Corn Starch
  • Chicken Fat
  • Onion Powder
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • Spice Extractives
  • Ground Turmeric (I assume for color)
  • Dehydrated Parsley
  • Disodium Inosinate
  • Disodium Guanylate

I’m happy to say that there isn’t really anything weird here. Of course, there are some chemicals, but nothing you wouldn’t expect, and nothing too far up the ingredients list. Moreover, the Berthelet Chicken Soup Base is made right here in Canada, in Laval (Québec). I’m not sure if it is available in Costcos everywhere in Canada, but if your Costco doesn’t carry it, make sure you ask for it. It it very affordable, delicious, mostly wholesome (for what it is) and it’s an unavoidable element of any self-respecting kitchen. This one is also low in calories, and gluten-free, if that’s something that you look for.

Purex Dirt Lift Action 150 Loads at Costco: Product Review

Over the years, I have seen for myself what soap and detergent manufacturers have known for years: people are just as attached to their brand of detergent than smokers are attached to their brand of cigarettes. The concept of brand loyalty is one I know well, and I know that advertisers spend billions making sure we stay with our brand, or try to make us switch to a new one, whatever the product may be. In the case of detergent, there is something else I’ve discovered: they more or less all do the same thing. This is why I always opt for the least expensive option, in the confident knowledge that my clothes will be acceptably clean. This is why I almost always buy the Purex Dirt Lift Action at Costco.

Purex Dirt Lift Action (150 loads)  6.92 liters

Purex Dirt Lift Action (150 loads) 6.92 liters

In this instance, I bought the Purex with the ‘After the Rain’ perfume. I honestly can’t tell the difference between that and another one, but it smells clean and fresh. Good enough for me!

Like most modern laundry detergents, Purex Dirt Lift Action contains no phosphates, which are terrible for the environment, and the container is made from 25% or more of post-consumer recycled plastic.

The first thing to know about Purex is this: it is supremely affordable. I always buy it on special at Costco, and this time was no exception. The regular price for this jug of detergent is $14.99, with a $4 instant rebate. Each container contains 150 loads, more or less, so the price per load is a very affordable 7.36 pennies. Even if you’re more generous than you should with the soap, you could ramp this up to a dime a load and it would still be a good deal.

Each Purex Dirt Lift Action container contains 6.92 liters of detergent, which is quite a bit. This means that the container weighs somewhere between 15 and 20 pounds, so you don’t want to be moving around a lot. It’s enough of a pain just to get it home. Hopefully you can have a setup where you can have the container just over the washer, and just hit the spout button to pour directly into the washer. I know that’s what I have, and it’s great.

When it comes to performance, the Purex Dirt Lift Action really works. Even though I always use cold water, even if the container does not specify it, I feel like I get maximum results at a minimal costs. Stains come out relatively easily, and colors don’t bleed. I generally don’t even have to sort clothes. It helps that we mostly wear dark colors.

The Purex website specifies that all Purex products will work in cold water, even if they do not specifically mention it. Since 90% of the energy consumption of a load of laundry is the energy required to heat the water, cold water laundry is really a no-brainer. In addition, this version of the Purex Laundry Detergent is specifically formulated for High Efficiency machines, which mine is, but will work on all types of machines, even the older, water-hungry ones.

All in all, I am very satisfied with my budget purchase; the Purex Dirt Lift Action (150 loads) I buy at Costco is extremely affordable, and works with all types of dirty clothes and stains, from jeans to shirts and socks and everything else in between. Obviously some stains require pre-treatment prior to the wash, but that’s the case no matter the detergent you’re using. If you’ve not tried Purex Dirt Lift Action yet, do your wallet a favor and give it a shot.

Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags: Product Review

I like shopping at Costco much more than I do at Dollarama, but I do occasionally enjoy my visits there. It often affords me the opportunity to buy my son a small, inexpensive toy that doesn’t burst my wallet, and that makes his day. My visit there yesterday, however, was to purchase something quite mundane and quite useful: freezer bags. The best deal is on Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags, which are available at a cost of $1.25 (plus taxes) for 12 bags, or just over 10 cents each. Each bag measures 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm (or 8 x 8 inches, more or less). They’re a perfect size for a wide variety of things in the kitchen, including meat, fish, sauces and prepared meals. These bags are branded ‘Seal Store’ but I’m pretty sure this is a brand that belongs to Dollarama.

Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags

Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags

By way of comparison, these Ziploc-brand medium freezer bags cost about 15 cents each when bought on the website (they’re probably cheaper at Costco), and they’re quite a bit bigger.

A first view, these freezer bags sound like a pretty good deal; the plastic is quite thick, as it should be for a freezer bags, and the slider works surprisingly well. The slider is supposed to offer a ‘dual seal’ to help keep food fresh, just like the Ziploc.

Of course, the packaging encourages you to take the air out of the bags before sealing and freezing, but I’m sure you know that. Personally, I either use a straw or just suck the air out if I’m planning long-term storage; if i’m not planning that, I don’t really bother.

These bags are, obviously, freezer and fridge-safe -they’d better be! – as well as being microwaveable. I’m not a fan of microwaves, and even less of cooking plastic in them, so I can’t vouch for that.

Overall, I’m quite satisfied with these bags, as well as with their price, but I must mention that my wife made a batch of spaghetti sauce recently, and froze it in batches in these bags – the reason for my visit to Dollarama. While the bags have not leaked, as they are placed full and upright, the freezer smells quite strongly of spaghetti sauce, even though there is no spill. This leads me to believe that in this case at least, these Dollarama Slide Seal Medium Freezer Bags are not nearly as airtight as they could be.

Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent at Costco: Product Review

There’s a few things you can have when living in the city that you don’t realize you love until you don’t have them anymore; one of them is easy access to authentic Indian restaurant, and the second one is the general lack of bugs and mosquitoes. Ever since our family moved to the boonies a few years ago, I always make sure to have plenty of insect repellent on hand, as it is needed constantly, even when doing something as mundane as weeding the garden, or mowing the grass. Thankfully, thanks to Costco, I can have all the insect repellent I need for the season, at a very reasonable price. This year, I’ve opted for the Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent.

Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent

Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent

As you may or may not know, the only thing that works in insect repellent is DEET; it is the active ingredient, so to speak. The perfume they generally put on top of the DEET to make it more palatable is, in my own experience, counter-productive as insects are generally attracted to perfume smells.

The pack of Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent they have at Costco contains two 255 gram container of the standard 25% DEET concentration, and one 230 gram spray can of the 30% DEET ‘Sportsmen’ variety. I find that the regular Off! Deep Woods works quite well, despite the low concentration. I remember that in the Army they used to give us 100% DEET as insect repellent, and it worked incredibly well, so that’s always what I’m aiming for.

I’ve actually not used the ‘Sportsmen’ Deep Woods yet, I’m saving it for a walk in the woods, or when I expect bugs to be even more annoying than usual, but for now, the regular Deep Woods works quite well. My wife and children opt for the fruity-smelling Off! Family Protection, which I’ll talk about in another review.

When it comes to price, the 3-pack was $19.99 at Costco, plus applicable taxes. There was also a $4.50 instant rebate coupon, which brought the price down to $15.49. This is extremely competitive, considering that a single one of those cans can cost up to $10 in competing stores.

Off! Deep Woods Insect Repellent claims an effectiveness for up to 8 hours, but I find that I need to reapply more often than that, especially if I’m sweating. Considering how much you get for the money, now’s not the time to be cheap if you really want to keep those bugs away! Deep woods is designed primarily for mosquitoes, which are the most annoying of summer flying pests, but will work equally well for black flies, deer flies and ticks, at least according to the packaging. The trick is, always, to apply regularly and generously. This product is manufactured by S.C. Johnson and Sons in the USA.

Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip at Costco: Product Review

Let’s make something perfectly clear: there are few things I abhor more than intentional spelling mistakes in words, for any reason. This goes for names, brands and pretty much anything. That’s my personal opinion. This is why I cringed when I saw Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing & Dip at Costco. ‘Xtreme’, really? ‘Extreme’ wasn’t ‘Xtreme’ enough? Uhhhh.

That’s when I saw the price, $1.97 for 944 ml – almost a liter of ranch dressing. Then I remembered that I have Gravlax in the fridge. For those of you that don’t know Gravlax, it’s a type of marinated salmon with dill. Incredible. I’ll post my recipe sometimes. In the mean time, you can check out the wikipedia entry for it.

Johnny's Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip

Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip

So, $1.97. It was probably 7 or 8 dollars at some point, but then I thought, with a tacky name and overly colorful and mildly inappropriate packaging, no wonder it’s marked down. Who are they trying to appeal to, anyways? Dill-crazy teenagers? Those aren’t at Costco.

Johnny's Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip ( nutrition facts)

Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip ( nutrition facts)

In any case, I’m happy I bought it, and I’m writing the review, aren’t I?

I’ve not used Johnny’s Dill Ranch dressing as dressing so far, because I have a bunch of gravlax to eat, but I’m sure it will serve admirably well.

I’ve been using it as dip, and it goes quite well with my marinated salmon; it’s very dilly, as the name implies, and that’s something you just can’t get enough eating gravlax. It doesn’t taste too rich, just right, and sticks to the salmon slices in just the right thickness.

In short, an excellent dip, but I wouldn’t use for everything, which is unfortunate because I have a liter of it and I’m quickly running out of salmon.

As to the nutrition facts, it’s about what you’d expect. Each 2-tablespoon serving contains 22% of your daily fat, 13% of your sodium and not much else. Certainly no vitamins or essential nutrients to speak of, but then again, that’s not really what anyone was looking for here, was it?

Johnny's Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip (ingredients)

Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip (ingredients)

It does get interesting when you look at the contents. The first 8 ingredients look fine; they are the traditional ingredients you would expect to find in any dill dressing. Things get a little hairier after that.

As you can see from the provided ingredients list, Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip contains a plethora of chemical-sounding ingredients, including everyone’s favorite, Calcium Disodium EDTA, which is creepily used to treat heavy metal poisoning, such as lead or mercury.

Gross.

Thankfully, it also prevents the dip from turning when you leave the jar open for too long, so hooray for that and I guess everything’s okay. It’s totally worth it.

In any case, I don’t want to be too rough here on Johnny’s Xtreme Taste Dill Ranch Dressing and Dip. Despite it’s horrible spelling mistake name, loud graphic design and dizzying list of chemicals, it’s certainly no worse than just about anything you buy on supermarket shelves, unless you feel like making *everything* from scratch. I know I don’t. In addition, this dressing is made in the USA by Johnny’s Fine Foods, so it’s not like your buying some imported, low quality and non-certified junk. I’ll be enjoying my dip and dressing now, for a very affordable price thanks to Costco.