I eat an insane amount of hummus. I slather it on sandwiches, dip pita chips in it, and would practically eat it by the spoonful if it didn't mean I'd end up with an empty jar. While I prefer homemade hummus, I don't always have time to make it. That's when I grab a tub from the store. Not just any brand will do though. With so many brands out there, you might find it hard to choose which one to go for. Will a new brand become your next favorite? Or will it fall flat, leaving you wanting your money back? Helping to determine which ones are worth the money and which ones should be avoided, I did a taste test of five different "best" store-bought hummus brands. Here's how they ranked.
I'm not sure what this is, but I don't think it should be classified as hummus. Traditional hummus is supposed to be a fresh blend of garbanzo beans, olive oil, tahini, salt, and a hint of lemon juice. This one the other hand is the complete opposite. Their flavors - including classic hummus - taste artificial and somehow always manage to taste sweet. No thanks, I'll pass.
If you have ever perused the hummus aisle at a grocery store chain you've no doubt seen the popular brand Sabra lining the shelves. To me, this hummus is like the Taco Bell of Mexican food. While its texture leaves something to be desired, the flavor tastes artificial and has a somewhat chemical aftertaste. It's also loaded in preservatives. Don't be fooled by their wide variety of flavors and fun toppings, it looks better than it tastes. Do yourself a favor, and skip the deals you get on Sabra.
A step above Sabra, the texture is a bit more creamy and the flavor isn't terrible. They did remove all preservatives from their hummus line, so that's a bonus. Overall, I'll pick up a tub if it's the only option the store offers.
Roots is a tad more paste-like, but what it lacks in creamy texture it makes up for in unique flavor. Mango Sriracha, Thai Coconut Curry, and Hot Chipotle are some of their specialties. Of course, they make the typical flavors like spinach, roasted garlic, roasted red bell pepper, and original hummus which are good too. What I really like about the brand besides the flavor is the use of pure ingredients and lack of preservatives.
1. Trader Joe's
And the best store-bought hummus is. . .Trader Joe's. What is it about Trader Joe's that makes life taste so great? Their prices are on point and their hummus is too. My go-to is usually the Tuscan White Bean which has a nice creamy texture and the right amount of flavor. You can't go wrong with their other varieties though. They also offer an organic hummus line. Trader Joe's, I heart you.
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