No One Can Agree On What The Best Dipping Sauce Is

Some things just go together. Like peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, cookies and milk — and chicken nuggets and dipping sauce. Just think about all of the fast food joints famous for their condiments. Chick-fil-A has its aptly-named Chick-fil-A sauce, which is so popular that you can now buy it in stores. McDonald's has seven signature sauces for its McNuggets, from sweet n' sour to honey mustard. Popeye's has a variety inspired by its soul food roots, like Bayou Buffalo and Mardi Gras Mustard.

While all of the above are delicious, you can't forget about the classic dips, like ketchup or ranch dressing. Of all the OG's, which one is the best? Mashed surveyed over 51,000 people worldwide via a YouTube poll to find out. It turns out, however, that no one really knows. When asked what their favorite dipping sauce is, respondents couldn't seem to agree on a clear winner.

Ranch came out slightly ahead, but not by much

The survey results reported a near three-way tie between the top three dipping sauces: ketchup, BBQ sauce, and ranch. It was a close call but ranch slightly edged out the others, receiving 32 percent of the votes compared to ketchup's 29 percent and BBQ sauce's 24 percent. Many people in the comments explained that they were torn between the three because their preferred dip depends on the food they're dunking into it. For instance, one person said they like ketchup for fries, BBQ sauce for chicken nuggets, and ranch for wings and pizza.  

There may have been no clear winner, but there was a clear loser: the "other" category with just 15 percent. Respondents who wrote in, however, were passionate about their responses and some of the most popular "other" sauces included honey mustard, sweet chili sauce, and blue cheese. No surprise that the cult-favorite Chick-fil-A sauce was also a repeat answer.