HAVE YOU EVER HAD A FAMILY RECIPE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT
SELLING TO THE PUBLIC?
ONE SPOKANE WOMAN'S DIP... CREATED ALMOST 60 YEARS
AGO... INSPIRED HER DAUGHTER AND GRANDSON TO CREATE
A COMPANY TO DO JUST THAT.
DEREK DEIS HAS THE STORY OF CLIFF CANNON FOODS...
AND IT'S HENDERSON DIP... IN OUR LATEST EDITION OF
"MADE IN THE NORTHWEST."
THE LATE MARY LOU HIGGINS HENDERSON MIGHT HAVE BEEN
A GREAT HOST... BUT HER OWN DAUGHTER SAYS SHE WAS
JUST NEVER ANY GOOD IN THE KITCHEN.
"she just wasn't a good cook. she burned most things."
BUT SOMEHOW... HENDERSON MANAGED TO COME UP WITH ONE
EXTREMELY POPULAR, MOUTH WATERING RECIPE.
"this henderson dip that she created in 1956 has been
a treasure in the family forever. every place we've
ever gone to, 'bring the dip. bring the dip. bring
"it's been at every wedding, funeral, birthday party,
christmas festivities. any sort of event that we've
had for my 32 years, the dip has been there."
FAMILY MEMBERS HAD TALKED ABOUT MAKING AND SELLING
THE DIP FOR YEARS. BUT IN 2012... CHRIS GREENE...
AN ATTORNEY... AND HIS MOM, BECKY... A SCHOOLTEACHER...
DECIDED TO START CLIFF CANNON FOODS... NAMED AFTER
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE THEY BOTH GREW UP.
"the dip is definitely a spokane, south hill, cliff
cannon neighborhood product."
THE TOMATO AND ONION FLAVORED DIP USES A MIXTURE OF
CREAM CHEESE AND KETCHUP. BUT THE REST OF THE RECIPE
REMAINS TOP SECRET.
"it's in a vault somewhere."
CHRIS FOUND A FIRM IN SEATTLE TO COMMERCIALIZE THE
"because you can't just take your recipe and multiply
by a thousand to package it. it doesn't taste the
SPOKANE PRODUCE MANUFACTURES AND PACKAGES THE DIP.
ANOTHER COMPANY HELPED CLIFF CANNON FOODS WITH ITS
LABELING AND BRANDING. AND BACK IN NOVEMBER...
"we started selling it and now it's on the shelves."
YOU CAN FIND HENDERSON DIP IN SEVERAL LOCAL STORES...
LIKE ROSAUER'S. AND BECKY SAYS IT'S GOOD WITH MORE
THAN JUST CHIPS AND VEGGIES.
"but with shrimp and salmon and baked potatoes. and
it's fabulous on a hamburger, instead of ketchup."
AND SOON... CLIFF CANNON FOODS WILL START SELLING
TWO NEW FLAVORS OF DIP.
"so we have a classic caesar, which is cream cheese
based. it's got lemon and parmesan and garlic and
black pepper. and then we've got a spicy chipotle,
which has lime and smoked jalapeno peppers."
THE COMPANY HOPES TO EXPAND BEYOND DIPS IN THE FUTURE.
"we're thinking about moving into salad dressings,
possibly take and bake casseroles from the grocery
AND BEYOND SPOKANE AS WELL.
"we will be dominating the pacific northwest as a
whole in the years to come."
IT'S AN AMBITIOUS PLAN. BUT BECKY SAYS HER MOM WOULD
BE PROUD OF WHAT'S COME OUT OF A BAD COOK'S ONE BIG
"it's been a wonderful, wonderful legacy for her and
for our family."
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST... I'M DEREK DEIS... KXLY