Chick-fil-A knockoff? Walmart's new 'Chicken Dipping Sauce' likened to fast-food fave

Chick-fil-A aficionados devoted to the fast-food chain’s signature dipping sauce may have another way to satisfy that craving.

Walmart’s Great Value brand of chicken dipping sauce has drawn stark comparisons to Chick-fil-A’s classic sauce. After trying Walmart’s bottled sauce, Today’s Terri Peters said it was “pretty darn close” to Chick-fil-A’s.

Walmart’s Great Value brand of chicken dipping sauce has drawn stark comparisons to Chick-fil-A’s classic sauce.

Walmart’s Great Value brand of chicken dipping sauce has drawn stark comparisons to Chick-fil-A’s classic sauce. (Walmart.com)

The fast-food giant describes its dipping sauce as having “notes of honey mustard and a smoky tang.” In comparison, Walmart describes its version as “made with a rich honey mustard sauce and a hint of BBQ smoke flavor.”

The superstore’s sauce was a “little more smoky and less mustardy” than Chick-fil-A’s dip, Peters said. However, in a Reddit thread many fans have heralded Walmart’s sauce as a suitable replacement to Chick-fil-A’s.

“Honestly couldn’t have told the difference. And I’m a hardcore Chick-fil-A sauce person,” one user posted.

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“This is what I’ve been wanting forever,” another said.

Chick-fil-A’s beloved sauce was actually created by accident, according to the restaurant’s blog.

Hugh Fleming, a former owner and operator based in Virginia, is credited with first creating a honey mustard dressing recipe to pair with the chicken nuggets. But then another employee accidentally mixed barbeque sauce with it — and a “hit” was born.

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The sauce was so popular, in fact, that the fast-food restaurant used to provide it in pump dispensers, but customers would take soda cups and fill them up with the sauce, according to Chick-fil-A.

Those hoping to get their hands on a bottle of Walmart’s dipping sauce should be warned: Peters said she had a difficult time finding it in a location near her, and it’s currently not available on Walmart’s website.