Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CONSUMER PANEL; Testers Definitely like Their Salad Dressing Hot They Tried Condiment on Salads and More and Said It Adds a Tasty Kick

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CONSUMER PANEL; Testers Definitely like Their Salad Dressing Hot They Tried Condiment on Salads and More and Said It Adds a Tasty Kick

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Byline: ANN J. KELLEY

Members of the Times-Union Consumer Panel have been tossing their salads with Marie's Creamy Chipotle Ranch Dressing but didn't stop there.

The dressing went into main dishes and sandwiches, topped vegetables and fish or was served as a dip. It's hard to tell how they like the condiment best, but all agree it definitely gives food a kick.

Two tablespoons of dressing contain 170 calories, 19 grams of fat, 150 milligrams of sodium, 1 gram of sugars, 15 milligrams of cholesterol and no trans fat.

"I know Marie's has a really good reputation for dressings," said third-grade teacher Marjie Rogozinski, who describes the chipotle Ranch as creamy and thick with a little heat and a smoky Mexican flavor. "If you like a little spice to pop out in your food, you'll like it, I could taste a lot of chipotle."

She ate the dressing on a salad, added it to a chicken dish made with taco sauce and beans and used it to complement a Mexican dinner.

"It's fun and a complement to anything you'd want to eat it with."

"I love hot things," said salesman Richard Lavallee. The chipotle Ranch dressing is no exception.

He used it in a chef's salad. "It has a cool Ranch taste at the beginning, and then the chipotle takes over at the end and stays with you."

He said he thought the dressing went particularly well with the tomatoes in the salad and also enhanced chicken wings, when used as a dip.

"I mixed a little of the dressing with leftover Swedish meatballs, and it gave them a little pop and zest. It was really good."

Telephone service technician Charlie Freeman said he likes a lot of heat. His wife doesn't, but both were happy with the Marie's dressing.

He tried the condiment a number of ways but said his favorite was as a topping for baked potatoes.

"It was great, full of kick with just enough heat. I'm trying to find a bad way to serve it. I'm more [partial to] Italian and French dressing, but this has changed my mind. …

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