Thrifty Thursday – Make your own dip mixes for gifts or sale.

Make your own dip mixes. Part 1

The last craft fair I attended had 4 different dip mix vendors.  Every booth selling dip mix was crowded. It may be that their tables were lined with dip and pretzels or crackers for sampling.  People do get hungry and free is free. Sometimes even if you aren’t hungry and it is free, you take some.  At least I do and I am sure you do too.  Not everyone bought but they all had lines of people waiting to pay so enough were buying.  Even I bought some.  They were $4.00 a pack or 3 for $10.00.  I bought 3.  They were delicious.  You mix sour cream with the mix and poof – creamy deliciousness.

Try doing a search for dip mix recipes. There aren’t many recipes out there.  These people are hoarding their secret recipes from us.  Way I see it, there are lots of craft fairs and lots of people to buy the mixes and not sharing isn’t right.  I have spent hours looking through every recipe website, went to the library looking for recipes and finally charmed threatened a vendor to share some beginning recipes.

Below is the collection of my efforts.  It is a starting point.  All recipes are tried and true and all can be tweaked to be made into “your special recipe”.  For those who aren’t graphically inclined, I will be posting some pretty labels to put with the mixes.  Be sure to sign up for email notifications of my posts so you don’t miss anything.

Shop around for spices.  You can get many at the dollar store.  My local grocery store also has a $1.00 spice section.  The dip mixes are easy, cheap and they sell.  If you are already selling at the craft fairs and need something to pull people to your booth, sell some booth magnets (aka dip mixes). They also make great gifts.

Note:  The baggies I use aren’t from my local grocery store.  They aren’t your regular baggies although you could use them.  I use small ones that I got from Amazon. (I posted a link to these at the bottom of this page.)  They are the perfect size and look cute too.

If you have other recipes you would like the share, please email me and I will make this a continuing growing list.

All the recipes are for 1 package of mix for testing and trying.

Plate of Red Chili Peppers

Cajun Dip Mix (Spicy)

  • 1 T. paprika
  • 3/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar

Combine ingredients and stir.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve – combine the dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir till well blended.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.   Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

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Garlic Onion Mix

  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1-1/2 T dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt-free seasoning blend
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Combine all ingredients and stir till well blended.  Place in a ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.  It is best if refrigerated at least 8 hours but it still delicious after sitting only 1 hour if you are rushed (or really hungry).  Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

PS.  For the salt-free seasoning blend I used Mrs. Dash.

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Onion Dip Mix

  • 4 tsp. beef bouillon granules  (You can find this right next to the bouillon cubes at the store)
  • 2 T. dried minced onion
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. dried chives
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. powdered onion

Combine all ingredients and stir until well blended.  Place in ziplock baggie and seal.

To serve-combine dip mix with 2 cups sour cream.  Stir until well blended.  Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve with chips, crackers or veggies.

I have run out of time today.  Check back tomorrow as I will be posting more.  Be sure to sign up for email notification.

See you next time.

Debbie

 

26 thoughts on “Thrifty Thursday – Make your own dip mixes for gifts or sale.

    • Hi,
      I am new at this blogging thing and maybe they aren’t linked up correctly but yes I have posted more dip mix recipes. I posted with recipes 6 times. I can’t hyperlink in a comment but you can cut and paste the link to the last dip mix post. If that doesn’t work email me and I can email you the link. I do have a few more recipes and I’ll get them posted soon. Thanks for reading and writing. http://www.wowilikethat.com/make-your-own-dip-mixes-part-6/

  1. Hi!

    I really want to try out your mixes, but could you tell me what kind of seasoning blend you use for the garlic-onion dip? And do you think powdered beef bouillon (think Loney’s kind of stuff) would work for the onion one? I’ve never seen bouillon granules in Canada, people use either liquid, powder, or cubes.

    Thanks!

    • Hi,
      The salt free seasoning I used was Lawry’s 17. You should be able to get that in your local grocery store. If not, you can buy it on Amazon. And the bouillon…I never heard of powdered bouillon. Is that about the same ratio as the cubes? Again you can buy the granules on Amazon but you have to buy such large amounts – I just looked. If you can’t find the granules, I would try it first by simply crushing the cubes into powder. That is all the granules are, just loose bouillon. Try it yourself first before you give it as a gift and work on the ratio of cubes first. The power may work too, I’m just not familiar with it. Good luck and I hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading and writing.

      Debbie

  2. Oops, me again, please answer my previous question by answering this comment, I forgot to click the e-mail notification box when writing my previous comment. Thanks a bunch!

    • Hi,
      The salt free seasoning I used was Lawry’s 17. You should be able to get that in your local grocery store. If not, you can buy it on Amazon. And the bouillon…I never heard of powdered bouillon. Is that about the same ratio as the cubes? Again you can buy the granules on Amazon but you have to buy such large amounts – I just looked. If you can’t find the granules, I would try it first by simply crushing the cubes into powder. That is all the granules are, just loose bouillon. Try it yourself first before you give it as a gift and work on the ratio of cubes first. The power may work too, I’m just not familiar with it. Good luck and I hope you enjoy. Thanks for reading and writing.

      Debbie

      • Thank you very much for your answer! I’ve never heard of Lawry’s, I doubt we have that here. I did find a couple of recipes to make a similar-tasting spice blend, so I think I’ll try that. Yes, powdered bouillon is pretty much the same as cubes, you use one tsp/cup. I’m surprised they don’t have that in the States, here it’s very popular and it’s the cheapest way to buy bouillon here.

        Have a nice day! :)

  3. I am looking for one of those cheesecake dip mixes that you see at the craft fairs. Lots of recipes for all the veggy ones and hot spicey ones but anyone got a recipe for the mix when you see all those cream cheese flavored dips, like strawberry, raspberry, choc chip and carmel cheescake dips????

    • Hi,
      Personally I think I have only tried one or two cheesecake dip mixes at a craft fair. I do have a couple sweet recipes that I’ll be posting soon but they are not of the cheesecake flavors but I will ask around for you and see if I can find someone who has a recipe that they are willing to share. I do have a couple recipes in my file that used instant pudding as the base. That could easily be used to make a dip mix. They do make an instant cheesecake flavored pudding. It may be all that is mixed with some whipped cream. Might be worth trying and experimenting. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful at the moment but I will surely look around and see if I can find something for you.

      Thank you very much for reading and writing. Happiest of holidays to you.

      Debbie

  4. Thanks for sharing! Side note on the baggies – you can also get the little baggies at craft stores (and use a 40% off coupon to boot)! Look in the beads section of your local Michaels/Hobby Lobby/JoAnns.

    • I never thought about jewelry bags. Thank you for sharing that. Sometimes when you need something, you need it now and don’t want to wait for it to arrive. I really appreciate you sharing that. Happy New Year to you.

  5. This is great, thanks for taking the time to research and post. As far as making dry dip mixes to sell, it’s a lot more than what’s written in this article. Depending on where you’re located at you can’t make these at home and sell them, you’ll need a commercial kitchen. These a ton of other rules and regulations too like packaging and what must be included (ingredients, weight, etc). And the number one thing – liability! If you make something and someone gets sick, guess what? Law suit! You’ll need some sort of liability insurance. Of course all of what I wrote only pertains to those of use who are law abiding citizens.

    • Thanks for writing and I see your point. I have, however, made all of these in my own kitchen, which is not a commercial kitchen. Laws in different areas are different and yes if anyone was going to make any food items for sale they would have the responsibility of finding out their local laws and requirements. Dip mixes are for sale everywhere and they are very popular. They are primarily dry spices. Listing the ingredients would forewarn anyone with an allergy to a particular spice. I would see someone getting sick from using spoiled sour cream but that would be the consumers responsibility. These are just recipes. They are quick, cheap and easy to make. They make great hostess gifts too. Did you make one of these recipes and get sick? I know I am law abiding as I am sure most folks are and as with any product you sell, if it is your business, you are required to carry insurance. Business liability insurance is a bargain in the insurance world. When I had a brick and mortar store, my business insurance was the least of all my burdens. I wouldn’t let the thought of carrying business insurance scare someone away from starting a real money making craft business. I appreciate you mentioning this point. Thank you.

  6. Thanks for making this information on the dip mixes available. You are so kind to do this for everybody. My craft that I sell at craft fairs is starting to become a little stale and sales are falling off. I have been looking for another avenue for a product and I agree that the dip mixes are great sellers from what I have seen at the fairs and I thank you for making it easier for me to get started in this product

    • Even if you make the dips only to lure the customers to your booth. Everyone likes free food. :0 These dips are easy to make and very inexpensive too. Good luck. Thanks for reading and writing. Enjoy your day.

  7. The post about the bags available at hobby stores. Would it be ok to use those should you get food grade? I have been looking for bags to put food items in and they always mention food grade. So I wasn’t sure if you could use something different. Get site love all your wisdom. And the heart to share. :)

    • Honestly I don’t know and never thought about it. If you are planning on making dip mixes to sell, you should investigate. If there is a special grade for food, I’m sure it is available to buy. I’ve only made for myself or gift giving and I never got sick but it is something you should check ou.

    • Thanks. I hope you make some and enjoy. All are easy to make, inexpensive – if you check around and get the best prices on spices. All natural too. Thanks for reading and writing. Happy Sunday to you.

  8. Hi Debbie! Thank you soo much for this!! I have been looking for dip mix recipes online and you are right! They are hard to find. You know how happy I am to have found your blog.
    My mother-in-law gave us a few pre packaged mixes she got from her local shop. I didnt know they sell them like that. Two days later we went to a craft fair and I saw a booth selling them. And then a week later, I went to a friend’s house and she served a dip. I asked her the recipe and she handed me a pre packaged dip mix! It’s hunting me down! Lol So, that starts my interest. I did try ordering online but it costs an arm and a leg just for shipping. I started to think maybe I can make them myself. THANK YOU again for sharing this. I will definitely be making lots and lots of dips.

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