So the other day I was grocery shopping. One of the things on my list was Ranch dressing. I usually get the “Buttermilk” ranch, because to me it tastes creamier and better. I usually make my own (with the spice packets, buttermilk, etc), but this time I was specifically shopping for bottles of already made Ranch.
I noticed that right next to the Buttermilk Ranch, was “Classic Ranch”, and they seemed very similar. They both said “Anything Dressing” on the package, and visually looked very similar. I took a quick look at the ingredients and to my surprise I noted that the non-buttermilk ranch also has…buttermilk! I wondered if they were actually the same but didn’t want to stand there scrutinizing the ingredients list, which also for some reason used a different order of ingredients. I bought one bottle of each, so that my taste buds could also have a go at telling the difference.
I have tasted both, and they do taste very similar. I decided to compare the ingredients lists to see exactly what the difference was.
As I had noted, the lists are in a different order from each other for some reason. So I alphabetized each list, and then compared them.
I made a table of the 2 ingredients lists, highlighting the common ingredients in green, and the unique ingredients in orange.
Some things of note:
- The Buttermilk Ranch says it has “NATURAL FLAVOR”, while the Classic Ranch says it has “ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR” (and “ARTIFICIAL COLOR”)
- Both variants contain “BUTTERMILK”
- They both list “SPICE”, but do not say what the “SPICE” is.
- The nutritional stats are very similar. The Buttermilk Ranch has a little more saturated fat (but same total fat) and cholesterol (apparently due to having more sugar), and contains slightly less Sodium than the Classic Ranch
So, no earth-shattering discovery here. It’s not even really worth blogging about, but since I bothered to take the pictures and compare the ingredients, I figured why not? Maybe someone will find it interesting.