Sunday, January 26, 2003

Best chili-cheese dip? It's Skyline

By Chuck Martin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Bigger than any Super Bowl in Cincinnati is the rivalry of Skyline vs. Gold Star. Both chili giants have recently introduced frozen, ready-to-heat versions of the ubiquitous chili-cheese dip - layers of cream cheese, Cincinnati chili and cheddar cheese. So we set out to find out which brand was better.

We heated the dips in the oven according to the package directions (Gold Star for about 30 minutes; Skyline for 45 minutes), sprinkled on the neon-orange cheese and set the newsroom hounds on the blind samples.

Most had difficulty discerning a difference, although more than one thought the Skyline dip was "sweeter" and "more complex," while one person decided the Gold Star was "hotter.'' And as with all Cincinnati chili tastings, everyone spent most of their time trying to figure out which was Skyline and which was Gold Star. But when there was little cheesy chili left to dip, Skyline had won - six votes to four.

Although it's convenient (the dip also can be microwaved in minutes), we're guessing many people will decide they can make their own chili-cheese dip for less money. Skyline Chili Dip is available with and without cheddar cheese for $3.69 per 10 ounces (four servings). The Gold Star costs $6.39 for 21 ounces (20 servings). Look for both in the grocery freezer case.

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