We mix and serve our Hidden Valley Ranch dressing from the packets because we like the taste a little better than what you buy in a bottle. We mix it in a bowl then store it in a quart sized canning jar or a generic squeeze bottle. It works OK but can be messy plus you have extra dishes to wash. I would love to see a shaker bottle that could be used to measure, mix and serve all in one container. I can imagine using a similar concept to the blender bottle (http://www.blenderbottle.com/classic) with a few key differences to make it customized just for Ranch dressing. I have personally used these blender bottles for shakes and dressings and they work great! The wider mouth of the blender bottle is perfectly suited for adding mayo compared to other salad dressing mixers/emulsifiers on the market. Adding measurement marks on the side of the container to show how much mayo and how much milk would eliminate the need for using measuring cups. The Hidden Valley Ranch logo could be on the front so everyone who uses it knows it is Ranch Dressing. I can visualize the top green to match your bottled Ranch. Speaking of green, this would definitely be eco friendly keeping more dressing bottles out of the landfill. The shaker bottle could be available in two sizes: a smaller one for a 1 packet recipe and a larger one for a 2 packet recipe. The spout would need to be a little smaller or maybe more triangular to make it easier to drizzle the dressing onto your salad to avoid accidentally pouring out a big blob. You could sell it next to the packets of Hidden Valley Ranch mix on the grocery store shelf. I think you would sell a lot of them. I know I would buy one.
I would love to purchase single serving 2 Tbsp or 1 oz. serving packets. There are many of us who are on strict sodium, calorie, or carb controlled diets. I love Hidden Valley Ranch dressing but find it wasteful to purchase the 1.5 oz pkg and have to guess how much I'm getting or carry around a measuring spoon & a regular size bottle of dressing for work or to a public eating establishment. Other brands actually package a 1 oz size and a .5 oz size. I prefer Hidden Valley and think it would be wonderful if you can make the desired size and sell to the public in packages of 16, 20 or 25 packets(whatever would be easiest). I would pay more for the convenience and knowing exactly how much I was getting per packet.
I LOVE Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, and I would love to see a fresh, preservative free all-natural version. I've tried some of the fresh, refrigerated dressings available from other companies and they are amazing, so I know that a Hidden Valley Ranch version would be to die for! :)
I know you have the Ranch on the go but what about a kit for kids like Lunchables with veggies and dressing together with maybe an activity or stickers- a kind of vegetable "happy meal" for kids.
I put Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing in my mashed potato's along with sour cream, butter, and milk. My family loves it.
My sis introduced me to the ranch packets. They are great for a lot of dip recipe's. Something I wouldn't have thought of if she hadn't told me! Why not add an easy recipe idea on the back of them. Thanks! :)
I would love to see Hidden Valley Ranch make a lower sodium version. There are many of us at risk for blood pressure problems and who are actively trying to reduce the amount of sodium in our diets.
Make Hidden Valley(R) Ranch Pretzels.
To make at home...
For oyster crackers, use 12-16 oz. plain oyster crackers. Bake at 275 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Place on baking sheets and bake. Drain on a brown bag to cool.
I wish I had a thermal to go coffee mug with a glow in the dark lid, then in the early hours I would not have to worry about the lid position while driving or whatever.
My family will not eat pizza without dipping it in Ranch Dressing. When I make homemade pizzas, I combine ranch dressing with the pizza sauce and bake it right in the pizza.