Tuesday, May 9, 2017

About that Tom's Tiny Kitchen Cheese Dip

Posted By on Tue, May 9, 2017 at 3:48 PM

Do you think the folks at Tom's Tiny Kitchen will pay for my therapy?

The peddlers of some excellent pimento cheese recently expanded with a new line of cheese dip: Classic White, chipotle bacon, and Not So Spicy Thai. I'm into it. A bit too into it.

The company sent us some samples last week and we had it then and also the next day. To kick off the week, I had some more yesterday and today it served as a side with a peanut butter sandwich and the only reason I'm not having any now is that I've run out of chips. :(

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So why has Tom's Tiny Kitchen expanded now?

"We're late," says Tom Flournoy, the Tom of Tom's Tiny Kitchen.

Flournoy says they're always thinking of new products, and when it came to the cheese dip, they thought it was pretty much a no-brainer.

"We thought there was a need for innovative cheese dips," he says.

What they hadn't considered was how long it would take to perfect the dip. Jill, Tom's wife, was in charge of creating the dip. It took a month or so.

"We wanted a dip that tasted good," Flournoy says. "We came up with three."

Each dip starts with the same cheese base, and the flavors are added in. One thing Flournoy says they wanted was heat (such as in the chipotle bacon).

The dips, like the pimento cheese, are carried by Kroger's Delta division, which translates into about 120 stores. Kroger will donate 15 cents for every tub sold of the dip to area food banks through May 16th.

The dips are also sold at locally owned grocery stores, SuperLo, Miss Cordelia's, and High Point.

Flournoy says they're pretty pleased with how the dips came out. "Taste is the single most important thing to us," he says.

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