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Frequently Asked Questions

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GETTING TO KNOW HIDDEN VALLEY

Was Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressing really developed on a farm by a real rancher?

Yes! Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® dressing was developed in the late 1950s by real ranchers, Steve and Gayle Henson. The Hidden Valley® Guest Ranch is located near Santa Barbara in California and was favored by visitors who wanted to enjoy the natural surroundings. To read more about how this Ranch dressing became so popular, click here.

What recipes can I find with Hidden Valley® Dressing and Dip Mixes and Hidden Valley® Bottled Dressing?

We are always adding fresh and delicious new recipes to our site! Discover all the great meals and snacks you can make with Hidden Valley® in our Recipes section. After you try one out, leave us a comment — we’d love to hear which ones you loved and can’t wait to make again!

Where can I purchase Hidden Valley® Dressing and Dips Mixes and Hidden Valley® Bottled Dressing?

Hidden Valley® Dressing and Dips Mixes and Hidden Valley® Bottled Dressing are available online and in stores nationally. Visit the product page of the item you’re looking for and click “Buy Now” to discover online retailers selling the specific Hidden Valley® product you’re craving. Or, head to your local supermarket! If you can’t locate a particular flavor in your local supermarket, try talking to a store manager to see if it can be obtained for you or through this link.

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HIDDEN VALLEY AND YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

How long is the shelf life for Hidden Valley® Dressing and Dips Mixes and Hidden Valley® Bottled Dressing? Can I use it past the Best By date?

The bottled Hidden Valley® dressing and Hidden Valley® For Everything Topping and Dip will continue to have the best flavor up to four weeks past the flavor date. After this, the vinegar flavor will tend to become stronger as the dressing goes beyond the best flavor date. However, the dressing would still be safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Hidden Valley® Farmhouse Original Dressing and Seasoning Mix, Hidden Valley® Original Ranch® Seasoning & Salad Dressing Mix Shaker, and Hidden Valley® Dip Mix are best if used within one year of manufacture. Store prepared dressing in the refrigerator in a covered container and if used as directed, the prepared dressing will stay fresh 3–4 weeks.

Hidden Valley® Salad Crispins will continue to have the best flavor six months to one year. Refrigerate after opening for better flavor.

Hidden Valley® Pasta Salad, when used as directed and prior to opening, will stay fresh for 12 months.

What makes Hidden Valley® Organic Ranch organic?

Hidden Valley® Organic Ranch is made with USDA-certified organic and National Organic Program compliant ingredients. Hidden Valley® Organic Ranch is certified by QAI (Quality Assurance International), a leading agency in the certification of Organic products since 1989. What does this mean for you and your family? Now you can add the Ranch flavor you love to all foods and know that you are enjoying the natural goodness of creamy, organic buttermilk combined with zesty, organic spices!

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INGREDIENT SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use low-fat or fat-free mayonnaise instead of full-calorie when making the Hidden Valley® dressing from the Hidden Valley® Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix?

Yes. You can use low-fat mayonnaise, but please keep in mind that altering the recipe with low-fat mayonnaise, low-fat sour cream or other ingredients will slightly change the consistency of the dressing. Another option is to try our specially formulated reduced-calorie and low-fat bottled dressings. Look for them in a store near you.

Can I use low-fat sour cream instead of full-calorie when making the Hidden Valley® dip from the Dry Dips Mix?

Yes. You can use low-fat sour cream, but please keep in mind that altering the recipe with low-fat sour cream or other ingredients will slightly change the consistency of the dip.

Can I use buttermilk instead of milk when making the Hidden Valley® Dressing & Seasoning Mix?

Yes. You can substitute buttermilk in place of milk when making the Hidden Valley® Dressing & Seasoning Mix, but please keep in mind that altering the recipe with buttermilk or other ingredients will slightly change the consistency of the dip.

Can I use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream when making the Hidden Valley® Dip from the Dry Dips Mix?

Yes. You can use yogurt to prepare Hidden Valley® Dip, but please keep in mind that altering the recipe with yogurt or other ingredients will slightly change the consistency of the dip.

Can I use the dip mix for salad dressing and vice versa?

Certainly. It’s all about what texture you’re going for. Use the dip mix if you prefer a thicker dressing, or the pourable dressing as dip if you prefer a smoother, creamier texture.

How do I prepare dressing using the Salad Dressing & Seasoning Mix Shaker?

In a bowl, combine 1 cup milk and 1 cup mayonnaise with 3 tablespoons of Hidden Valley® mix. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate. Chill 30 minutes to thicken. Stir before serving. Stays fresh 3 to 4 weeks.

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SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS AND ALLERGENS

Do Hidden Valley® dressings contain allergens?

All Hidden Valley® products are labeled in accordance with the FDA food labeling requirements, including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Title II of Public Law 108-282), which requires foods to be labeled that contain the major food allergens: milk products, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybeans. For fish, crustacean shellfish, and tree nut ingredients, the exact species will be identified on the label. Refer to the ingredients statement on the back of each Hidden Valley® product to find the details.

Do Hidden Valley® dressings contain gluten?

Most of our products do not contain gluten. Products and ingredients made from grass-related grains containing gluten — notably wheat, rye and barley—will be clearly listed in the ingredient statement on the package label per new FDA guidelines. If the product does not contain wheat, rye, or barley, it probably does not contain gluten. Only products that have been verified to be gluten free will have a “Gluten Free” statement. However, not all products that are gluten free will have this statement while we are in the process of updating our labels. Please always refer to the ingredient statement on package labels or contact us for clarification.

How do you ensure your products are gluten-free?

We have a program in place to support the use of the “Gluten Free” statement. Products listed as “Gluten Free” undergo scheduled testing. All suppliers provide assurance that there are no ingredients that contain or are derived from gluten-containing grains. Our products are manufactured in facilities with stringent allergen control programs to prevent cross contamination.

Do Hidden Valley® dressings contain MSG?

MSG is a flavor-enhancing substance derived from a fermentation process. This is an FDA-approved ingredient. It is specifically named on the label if it is contained. It is not labeled under “Natural Flavors.”

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Refunds/Discounts

Refunds/Discounts

At this time, the Ranch Shop does not offer any price adjustments for items that have been discounted.

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Returns

Returns

We will return or exchange unworn, unwashed merchandise if returned within 30 days of purchase. Refunds are issued in the original form of payment.

Special order merchandise is non-refundable, except in cases of manufacturer defect or incorrect shipments. Please contact customer service for a return shipping label before sending back defective or incorrect merchandise.

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Shipping

Shipping

We ship all orders through UPS. Orders placed before 12:00 p.m. EST, Monday–Friday, will ship the same day. Orders placed after 12:00 p.m. EST, will ship the next business day. Orders are delivered within 5–7 business days.

This applies only to orders shipping within the United States. At this time we do not ship internationally.

There are certain times of the year when shipping delays could occur. In November and December, we process an increased number of orders, which may delay shipment.

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BADGE & REWARD QUESTIONS

What are Ranchology® Badges? How do I earn Badges?

Ranchology® Badges are the key to earning Ranch bragging rights, unlocking Rewards, and reaching higher levels in the Ranchology® Rewards Program. You can earn Badges in so many ways including:

  • Answering poll questions
  • Viewing, rating, and sharing recipes
  • Rating & reviewing Hidden Valley® products
  • Interacting within the My Community space
  • Referring friends & family to Ranchology® Rewards and more!

Click on Badges to learn how you can earn them. Earn 20 Badges to move up a Level. Every 5 Badges you earn will get you a delicious Reward. Keep track of all your badge earning within your Ranchology® Rewards profile.

Is there a limit to the number of Badges I can earn?

Some Badges can only be earned once, but most Badges can be earned multiple times throughout the year.

How do I know which Badges I’ve earned?

You can see which Badges you’ve already earned — as well as those that you’re close to earning — by visiting your Ranchology® Rewards Dashboard.

How do I get Rewards?

Build up your Badges, and you’ll find a lot of delicious Ranchology® Rewards coming your way. Every 5 Badges equal a Reward. And the higher you are in levels, the more Rewards you can get.

How will I receive my Reward?

There are four types of Rewards that you may be awarded, and each are received differently:

1. Physical goods will be shipped to you in the mail.

2. Digital coupons can be downloaded from a unique link sent to the email address listed in your account.

3. Digital goodies will be emailed to the email address listed in your account.

4. Sweepstakes entries, eligible for those in Levels 2 and 3, will be awarded digitally.

If I win the Sweepstakes, how will I be notified?

Sweepstakes winners will be contacted via email with details on how they’ll receive their awesome prizes.

When can I expect to receive my Reward?

After confirming acceptance of your Reward, you’ll receive a confirmation email within 48 hours. Rewards that are shipped in the mail will arrive within 8–10 weeks, while digital Reward items that are downloaded or printed can be used upon receiving the confirmation email.

How do Levels work?

Everyone will start at Level 1 upon registration and at the beginning of each year (January 1st). For every 20 Badges you earn, you’ll move up a Level. As you Level-up you’ll earn more and more ranchy Rewards.

How do I know what Level I am?

You can check your current Level, as well as your progress, on your Ranchology® Rewards Dashboard.

How long will I stay at each Level? Can my status change?

Throughout the year, you can work your way up from Level 1 to Level 3. Once you reach Level 3, that’s where you’ll stay until the end of the year. We like to start things fresh, so every user will start over at Level 1 at the beginning of each year (January 1st). Your status can only go up – you’ll never be at risk of losing your status throughout the year if you go on vacation or take a break.

Regardless of your status, once you’ve earned milestone Badges, like your Welcome Badge, you won’t be able to earn them again.

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GENERAL PROGRAM QUESTIONS

Why did Ranchology® change?

It was time to take Ranchology® Rewards up a notch in zest to create a space where the love for ranch knows no bounds. You’ll find more clarity in your Badge earning and Rewards progress, a fresh new dashboard, and new ways to share your love of ranch with a community of ranch lovers.

What is the Ranchology® Rewards program?

Ranchology® Rewards is where you can be rewarded for your love of Hidden Valley® Ranch. Check out recipes, see what other Ranch fans are up to, earn Badges, and get Rewards you’ll love. Want in? It’s free and super easy.

1. Register or login at hiddenvalley.com/ranchology-rewards.

2. Go to your Dashboard to find activities and recipes, curated just for you.

3. Visit the My Community page to see what’s up in the Ranchiverse.

4. Keep exploring and earn Badges. Every 5 Badges = a Reward!

Are there any special rules for participation?

Yes. Ranchology® Rewards are only open to legal residents of the 50 United States, 18 years of age or older.

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MY ACCOUNT QUESTIONS

How can I change my email address or other account information?

After signing in to Ranchology® Rewards, go to the Dashboard where you can edit your account information.

How do I opt out of the Hidden Valley communications that I am receiving?

We don’t know why you’d want to miss out on the benefits of being a member, but we understand you’re busy. So we’ve made unsubscribing easy.

1. Log in.

2. Go to the Message Preferences section on the My Profile page.

3. Uncheck the box next to the opt-in message.

Please note that you cannot opt out of receiving email notifications confirming your Rewards, or reminding you of your password.

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PRIVACY QUESTIONS

How will you use my personal information?

For full details and/or questions about your personal information, please view the Clorox Privacy Policy.

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REGISTRATION AND LOG-IN QUESTIONS

How do I join Ranchology® Rewards?

It’s easy. Register at hiddenvalley.com/ranchology-rewards-program and opt in to become a member of the Hidden Valley® Ranchology® Rewards Program.

What if I am already a hiddenvalley.com member?

Good news. Ranchology® Rewards is yet another benefit of being a hiddenvalley.com member. You’ll be automatically enrolled once you sign in and agree to the new Terms and Conditions.

I was a member before the program changed. What happened to all the Badges I earned?

We’ve made a lot of changes to Ranchology® Rewards all with you in mind! Any Badges you’ve earned before April 2021 are no longer valid, but we’ve honored our original members by giving them a special Legacy Badge and a head start in the new program. Plus, there are Badges based on the date you originally joined so you can show off your loyalty to Ranchology®. We know change can be scary, but we’re confident you’ll love the new Ranchology® Rewards.

What if I forget my Ranchology® Rewards user ID or password?

No worries. Your user ID is the email address you entered at registration. Click on the “Forgot password?” link in the log in screen at hiddenvalley.com if you forgot your password, and we’ll help you reset it right away. Easy peasey Ranch pie.

Who can I contact for help if I'm having trouble registering or logging into the site?

Reach out and Ranch Out. Please refer to the methods to Contact Us at the bottom of this page.

Can I have multiple Ranchology® Rewards program accounts?

Sorry, but there’s a limit of only one account per person, per email address.

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Ranchology VIP questions

What is a Ranchology VIP?

Ranchology VIP is an invitation-only community for the most dedicated of HVR fans. Ranchology VIP offers exclusive games, sweepstakes and prizes, plus the opportunity to share your opinion on new products and flavors. And you still get all the fun and perks of regular Ranchology, too!

What is the VIP Challenge?

Every month VIPs have a chance to earn a limited edition VIP badge by completing a new challenge. Collect three VIP badges and get a special reward!

What is the Monthly Sweepstakes?

Play the new Ranchology game each month to earn entries into a monthly VIP-only sweepstakes with fabulous and ever-so-ranchy prizes. See full rules and limits here.

How will I know if I won the sweepstakes?

Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging. We’ll email you if you won, at the address you registered with when you joined Ranchology VIP.

Can I invite friends to Ranchology VIP?

Sorry, Ranchology VIP is only for folks we recognize as truly outstanding ranch ambassadors. Kinda makes you feel special, huh?

How do I learn more about Ranchology?

There’s a dedicated FAQ for Ranchology, too. Check it out here.

the most delicious rewards program on the planet.

It’s easy to earn rewards: Just keep doing what you’re doing — checking out recipes, reviewing them and sharing.

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