A new months ago I was at a fancy bar in Nashville for a meeting (aren’t all the best meetings in bars?) and the bar menu touted homemade onion dip and hand-cut potato chips. Being somewhat of an onion dip aficionado I had to try it. And you know what? It was not a smidgen better than the ultimate onion dip made with Lipton Onion Soup Mix.

Mr. Lipton and the Chapin family go way back. When Louise and I were kids, we’d sneak downstairs on Saturday mornings, get the container of onion dip out of the refrigerator and stealth back upstairs with a bag of chips to our closet. Yes, we sat in our closet eating onion dip.

It’s possible that people in the North actually make soup out of Lipton Onion Soup Mix, but I don’t know a single soul in the South who does. It is used almost exclusively to make onion dip. And it couldn’t be simpler. That’s why it was in the Chapin fridge. My mother could even make it.

Lipton Onion Dip

1 envelop onion dip

1 16-0unce container sour cream

Mix and let sit in the icebox for a couple of hours so the crispy onion bits soften.

Now then, here is my exact representation of eating onion dip as a child. It must be done from a plastic container. It must involve dipping a chip that has a fold in it to achieve maximum dip level per chip. Double dipping is not only allowed, but encouraged. You obviously have to do this alone or with someone who also agrees with the double dipping rule.

This did not matter to me as a child, but it does now. It is a well-known fact that if you stand up while eating onion dip and potato chips, the calories will be negligible.

If you have a glass of wine while doing so it will actually have a negative effect on the calories and you will lose weight. Really.


  1. Terrell Jones
    Terrell JonesReply
    June 15, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Country come to town. Shortly after I married we were living in Atlanta and was invited to a party. They had Onion dip and chips. I had never heard of such but immediately wanted the recipe. After 6 trys it was still too thin. I finally asked and found out that you use the dry type of onion soup. This is just one of the many funny things that a country boy learns and is still learning.

    • the south in my mouth
      the south in my mouthReply
      June 15, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      That is hilarious!

  2. Louise
    June 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Ah…fond memories! I don’t ever recall getting in trouble for that, do you?

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