Lawson’s Chip Dip

IMG_20130313_151451Lawson’s Chip Dip remains a huge favorite to so many people in the Great Lakes area, and it’s only available at Circle K gas stations and The Lockview restaurant in Akron.

When I was growing up the only chip dip to serve at parties was Lawson’s Chip Dip. Lawson’s started in 1939 when dairy owner J.J. Lawson started a store at his Broad Street dairy plant in Cuyahoga Falls to sell his milk. The Lawson’s Milk Company grew to a chain of stores in Ohio and was bought out by Consolidated Foods in 1959. Lawson’s convenience stores were common in Ohio from the 1960s through the mid-1980s. Lawson’s stores were sold to Dairy Mart, and Circle K bought Dairy Mart in 2003 and kept the Lawson’s products.

I had to get gas today because I was getting a Low Fuel Level warning, and the cheapest gas around was at the Circle K in Solon. I knew I needed to indulge in some Lawson’s Chip Dip for old time’s sake. The refrigerator case held three sizes, the largest being 24 oz (1 lb 8 oz). Circle K also sells Lawson’s ice cream and other dairy products. The chip dip is a French onion dip and isn’t as oniony as dips such as, say, Helluva Good Chip Dip. The flavor is very understated, and the dip is creamy.

So if you are like me and want to indulge in a childhood craving, be sure to check out the refrigerator section of your local Circle K gas station and convenience store.


15 thoughts on “Lawson’s Chip Dip”

  1. I franchised a Dairy Mart in Barnesville ohio and had it for 23 years total… this chip dip was soooo popular….customers would buy it to take back home if on a trip and put it in a cooler!!! SO miss those Lawsons/Dairy Mart days….a great place to work and super people to deal with!!! cindy lynn Barnesville ohio

  2. Anyone have a recipe for the dip and while you are at it how aboutone for Parrasons creamy Italian dressing they are 2 off the things I miss down here in Georgia

    1. Can’t speak for Parrason’s dressing, but here is the recipe for the dip that is going around Facebook:

      8 ounces of sour cream
      8 ounces of chive/onion flavored cream cheese
      3 t of dry ranch seasoning

      Mix together and refrigerate overnight.

  3. The Lawsons chipdip recipe
    1-8oz sour cream
    1-8 oz cream cheese ( chives & onion)
    3 tsp- dry ranch seasoning ( hidden valley ranch is what i use)

    mix it all up , set in fridge for an hour and omg.. It is so good.. Taste exactly like the Lawson’s chip dip..

    1. I drove to the circle K here in Jax, Fl but no Lawson’s chip dip 😦 , were you able to get some to your inlaws? Its the best dip ever. Football season it was a must watching the Cardiac Kids back in the day.

  4. I don’t know … but me and most of the people I know all agree that Lawson’s Chip dip no longer is that great. I once loved it – bought it religiously – dipped everything from chips, wings, to pizza in it. I thought maybe my taste buds were changing …. then I heard others say the same thing, too. What gives?

  5. Chris, yours and everyone else’s taste buds ARE changing! Lawson’s French Onion chip is the ONLY food that tastes exactly as it tasted 50 years ago. EXACTLY. Everything else is made with modern/advanced crappy chemicals and additives and now sucks (try your favorite childhood cereal out now and you’ll see how rotten it now tastes). Lawson’s use the same wonderful unchanged ingredients. We lose taste buds as we get older – many people can eat spicier foods for the first time later in life and most babies and toddlers HATE strong and spicy foods – they have all their taste buds, while older folk don’t. If you don’t enjoy it as much, try adding something to it: a friend of mine uses Frank’s Hot Sauce but I think that is sacrilegious!!!

  6. If you’re in the south and looking for a VERY CLOSE substitute, try PURITY Brand’s French Onion Party Dip. I’ve tried both side by side and it’s hard to tell them apart. (But of course LAWSONS is the best)

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