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Mom's Artichoke Hummus -- Packaged Panacea?

Last time we debated the packaged hummus conundrum some folks were stuck on smooth & creamy, others on chunky and with texture. And then there were those that ragged on product with preservatives.

OK, so how about Mom's products made in Orange & sold at Certified Farmer's Markets in LB & OC & maybe beyond? While purists might choke on the thought, how about Mom's artichoke hummus -- smooth, creamy and flavorful, with a modicum of texture from chunks of artichoke, and preservative-free too.

BTW, the tabouli, couscous and tapenade aren't too shabby either. Everything glistening fresh and reasonbly priced, eat well for days for a few buckos. And no, I don't own stock in the company.

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  1. Hi bernardo!
    If you still happen to have a Mom's label at hand, please post their contact info.

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    1. re: RicRios

      The label say:

      "Mom's Specialty Foods 2721 N. Rivertrail Road, Orange, CA 92865"

      No phone number stated -- methinks "mom & pop" operation here.

      BTW, if you like roasted red pepper tapenade, theirs has walnuts & pomegranate, very tasty indeed.

      1. re: bernardo

        The red pepper tapenade is muhammara, although they don't put that name on the package because I guess the name muhammara isn't familiar to most Americans. Mom's muhammara is very good. The muhammara at the Moishe's restaurant stand at the Farmers' Market on 3rd and Beverly is also good, but I think Mom's might be a tad better.

      2. re: RicRios

        They've changed their name and address, but have the same good stuff.

        Mom's Products
        7441 Cerritos Ave
        Stanton, CA 90680
        (714) 995-1705

        (Just discovered them at the NBC Uni commissary farmer's market!)

      3. Their stuff can also be purchased at the Studio City and Encino markets on Sundays.

        I've had the Artichoke hummous, and I must agree it's out of this world. They also make some great falafel balls (a package of four is only $2), plus they have the most addictive pita chips ever (don't say I didn't warn you).

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        1. re: GK in SO

          Ditto on the pita chips; they were the absolute hit of our last house party. (We had 3 other kinds of chips from Trader Joes that hung around while the Mom's chips vanished quickly and with repeated compliments). I also like the artichoke himmus, and they make decent pita bread as well. I'm not quite sure how "mom & pop" they are--they're at farmers markets all over town (Beverly Hills is our local market). The address on the last bag of pitas I bought is different from *bernardo*'s: I have: "Mom's Products" at 7441 Cerritos Ave., Stanton, CA 90680"

          1. re: GK in SO

            They also come by the Claremont Farmers Market every Sunday morning. The artichoke hummus is my favorite!...though the roasted red pepper is a definite second. However, I'm not so found of their pita bread, it a little too doughy for me. Al their products from hummus to tabbouleh, pita, pita chips and halva are sold at any 3 products for $10

            1. re: GK in SO

              they're also at the brentwood farmers market on sundays...

            2. I mentioned Mom's in that thread but I think I was the only one. I was surprised as I really like their products- esp. the roasted garlic hummus.

              I get it at the East Pasadena Farmer's Market. yum

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              1. re: RoxyGrl

                I don't know which thread you are referring to but I have touted Mom's several times too!!! I also love their moutabal, garlic pita chips (OMG), fresh pita (I lightly toast if not using it for dipping and I love the texture, not too doughy for me), artichoke hummus and last but not least, HALAVAH! Whenever we had deli on Sundays, it was not complete without a slab. I think Mom's is better! I have never had their falafel balls as I'm a bit of a skeptic, I only like them fresh out of the fryer, nor the tabbouleh as it is just not something I die for. I'm going to have to try the Magic Sauce if that is what it is called but maybe I have had it under a different name as I love anything with roasted eggplant.

              2. Mom's rocks. The guy who sells their stuff at the Studio City Farmer's Market is really nice too.

                I am flat-out addicted to their lemon pita chips but in the interest of my waistline, I only buy them when entertaining. If I pair them with either the red-pepper/pomegranate tapenade or the eggplant/red-pepper dip - people go totally nuts.

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                1. re: bodie

                  The young guy at Studio City IS really nice.

                  Mom's sells at Irvine (Saturday 8-noon, Campus & Bridge Sts.) as well, though they have heavy competition right next door -- I forget the name of it but they have an impressive array of flavoured hummus. I still like Mom's better -- and the hairy young Turk who runs the competition and does the fake "Come try, monsieur!" creeps me the hell out (the moreso because he DOESN'T speak French -- I tried.)

                2. They're also @ the Fullerton FM on Thursday nights. Three years ago, I was addicted to their garlic pita chips...it took an entire sumer to get over it. Their pitas are also wonderfully fresh & good...as well as the dips.

                  They used to be at the Brea FM on Tuesday evenings; not sure if they're always there.

                  1. Mom's Tunisian feta is one of the best feta's I have tasted. I get it at the Beverly Hills' farmers market. Anyone know if Moms is at any of the South Orange County markets? My parents live down there and also love feta (it must be genetic).

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                    1. re: omotosando

                      They are usually at the Irvine (UCI) market from 8-12 on Saturday morning. Don't be fooled by the big hummus vendor there. The Mom's products are in the back tucked down one of the aisles.

                      Enjoy! Their red pepper tapenade is my favorite, but the artichoke hummus is always an excellent staple.

                      1. re: food4life

                        Went today at UCI and found it (thankyou) tucked away right by the Kettle Korn and Corn on the Cob guys. I loved everything I bought and the people were really friendly. Way better than the weird guy at the other pita chip/hummus stand at the same market.

                        1. re: ausfrench

                          I know the huge Baba Foods Juggernaut at the UCI market (at the end of the second aisle of produce off the main aisle), but I can't picture Mom's. Maybe they disappeared a couple of years ago—if anyone knows, please chime in. I miss Mom's and can't get to markets they're at.

                    2. I am addicted to Mom's Magic Sauce, both hot and mild. the hot isn't all that hot, but it's all good!

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                      1. re: Diana

                        What is the Magic Sauce???? I didn't notice that.

                        1. re: omotosando

                          heaven in a little plastic tub. Eggplant, red pepper, garlic..more, I imgaine, all in a fabulous paste that makes a great dip, part of a marinade or topping to roast meats or veggies.

                          1. re: Diana

                            that magic sauce really is fantastic. now that i'm not in LA to buy it anymore, if they ever start doing mail order someone has to let me know !

                      2. Mom's is great, I have been buying from them for years. They are at Hollywood on Sundays, also Larchmont.. they are also at Venice on Fridays. We love all of their dips, they also have really good halvah.

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                        1. re: paprkutr

                          Yep, the halvah was too good. I can't buy it again - I have a halvah control problem, as in it was too easy to eat the whole package in two days.

                          1. re: paprkutr

                            If I buy a pound of halvah i will eat it all in one sitting...

                          2. I have buying from them for years and we love it. They are at Hollywood and Larchmont on Sundays, also Venice on Fridays. All their food is very good, try their halvah

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                            1. re: paprkutr

                              Public Service Announcement for the South Bay. " Moms is at the Thursday evening El Segundo FM " end of message..

                              1. re: Foodandwine

                                and in torrance on saturday!
                                charles h. wilson park
                                2200 crenshaw blvd.

                                and in garden grove on sunday!
                                main street between acacia and garden grove boulevard, adjacent to cal state fullerton and university of la verne
                                garden grove

                                i googled and found this contact name and number:
                                mohamed hamzaoui

                                1. re: Foodandwine

                                  Mom's is also at the S. Pasadena FM on Thursday evenings.

                              2. I should add that Mom's zaatar/cheese topped pita bread was also excellent. Heat it in the oven, slice it like a pizza and serve with a fresh green salad. Heaven (and easy).

                                1. This thread is pretty amazing in that usually when someone touts a restaurant or vendor on Chowhound, at least one person (and usually several) will chime in that the vendor/restaurant is not good at all, is overrated, etc. Except for the poster who likes their hummus but thought the pita was too doughy, there is not one negative word about Mom's in this thread. That may be a Chowhound first!

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                                  1. re: omotosando

                                    Maybe because we stipulated packaged and tasty, not prepared to order or authentic. Blame my unsophisticated pallet perhaps, but IMHO Mom's stands up well even against "homemade" restaurant versions as well.

                                    1. re: omotosando

                                      Since you've thrown down the gauntlet...

                                      I've bought a couple of items from Mom's, and I thought the pita chips were better than okay but I hated the falafel balls. Maybe, I just falafel balls themselves, and that's how they were supposed to taste.

                                      But, I haven't tried the artichoke hummus yet which I guess is supposed to be their best dish.

                                      1. re: hobbess

                                        actually, i think the magic sauce is their best product. the artichoke hummus is good, but not the best i've had.

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          The Magic Sauce comes in 2 ways Hot or Regular. I had the Hot and it was very good..

                                        2. re: hobbess

                                          I didn't know that Mom's did falafel balls until I read your post. I picked some up this morning at the HFM for curiosity's sake, and thought they were okay for pre-made, certainly better than I've found anywhere else. Is there a better place for pre-made falafel balls?

                                          1. re: obsessive

                                            Love the "magic sauce" and most of their varieties of hummus (and the addictive pita chips), but I've never been a huge fan of Mom's falafel balls...actually, for the premade variety, I like the Italian Middle-Eastern deli in Sherman Oaks...

                                            1. re: nikky

                                              I've passed that place a million times and always wondered about the food.

                                              So, what else does this place have that is good? Do they do sandwiches, etc. or is it pre-packaged?

                                              1. re: GK in SO

                                                Sandwiches, ice cream, hummus, baba ganooj, salads (all in he case) breads meats canned and jarred gods. Lots of good stuff.

                                                Also, for some strange and wonderful reason, they sell Ethiopian injera from Rosalinde's on Fairfax. I am told a lot of people enjoy it with hummus, taramosalata, baba ganooj and other middle eastern dips. After trying an "Ehtiopian/Middle eastern combo Platter" I concur. It is good fusion!

                                                1. re: Diana

                                                  Couldn't have said it better myself (as for the hummus - a caveat - it's different from Mom's but equally as good, I actually prefer it on sandwiches and the Mom's straight on pita/pita chips)...

                                          2. re: hobbess

                                            Interestingly, I picked up some of the famous artichoke hummus this morning, and I don't like it. I think both the texture and spices are off. I forgot about the hot sauce - wish I had gotten some of that to try. I did pick up some "ful" - giant fava beans. Pretty good.

                                            1. re: hobbess

                                              I just think falafel don't sit well in any case.

                                              1. re: Snackish

                                                Couldn't agree more. Even the best falafal cold and re-heated will not be good. The best falafal in the world is found at L'As du Falafal on rue de Rosiers in Paris 4th arrondissment. All others are just poor imitations.

                                                1. re: ausfrench

                                                  yes! I remember it well! Lived around the corner from Las du Falafal for 2 weeks, my honeymoon, we ate all over town, of course, but at least four or five times at Las!! I don't even think I've eaten falafal in the States in the 5 years since. What's the point?

                                          3. I love Mom's roasted garlic hummus...I get it from a stand at a Farmer's Market that visits downtown. I happen to like smooth and creamy.

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                                            1. re: Gingerleen

                                              yummm, i can't wait to find it. maybe it's in century city farmer's market, I'll look or santa monica whatever, if i see it anywhere I'll be sure to pick it up. this is a great thread......

                                              1. re: deadre

                                                Mom's is not at the Santa Monica market. I'm not sure about Century City. They are at Beverly Hills on Sunday.

                                            2. This morning, Mom's was selling za'atar (which I hadn't seen before at Mom's). For those not familiar with za'atar, this is a Middle Eastern spice mixture - usually thyme, oregano, sumac and hyssop (although the blend can vary).

                                              Anyway, I bought some za'atar and it was quite good. I think it might have had a little salt in it. Heat pita bread, pour really good quality extra virgin oil in a small bowl, add za'atar and dip. Heaven!

                                              1. does the "mom's artichoke hummus" also have chickpeas in it? or some other bean/legume?

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                                                1. re: soupkitten

                                                  yes, as far as i can recall [i tried it about a year ago] it's a traditional hummus base with artichoke hearts [and perhaps some complementary seasonings] blended into it.

                                                  1. re: soupkitten

                                                    Hey there- how funny, I'm in LOVE with Mom's Products (which I get on my lunch break every Wednesday at the farmers' market here in Downtown Los Angeles), ESPECIALLY the Artichoke Hummus, which I'm eating with a spoon right now..! haha..

                                                    So to answer your question, soupkitten, the ingredients, listed in order, are- chickpeas, artichokes, sesame tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, roasted garlic, spices.

                                                    YUMMMMMMMMMMMM :D