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Nov 23, 2007 07:34 PM

Best Commercial Hummus

I think Hannah's is tops, primarily because it's still has a chunky consistency. Cedars now the smooth, almost puree like version which just doesn't feel like I'm eating real hummus.

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  1. Anything NOT made primarily with canola oil which, sadly, seems to have disappeared over the last few years. One, and as far as I can tell, only one of Sabra's "flavors" at least has some olive oil, but judging from taste and texture, not enough to notice. (I liked a lot of stuff better when soybean aka "vegetable" oil was still the "cheap oil of choice" in the food industry.) Considering how easy it is to make, and how much better that is even with canned chickpeas, I've pretty much given up on storebought hummous...

    As for texture, I don't like big chunks of chickpeas in there either - I make it about the texture of store-ground peanut butter, with a bit of graininess, but not what I'd call "chunky.".

    1. I love Garden Fresh, but I believe the availability is pretty limited. Costco carries it in Michigan but not sure about other states (I know GF salsa is more widely available)

      Sabra looks so beautiful in the container, but the taste is meh. Any grocery store in Metro Detroit has better hummus in the deli.

      1. Although I don't eat it regularly I have from time to time bought Trader Joe's hummus. Of course we'll never actually know who produces it, but I thought it was good. I think I also got some at Smart and Final, but I can't remember the brand although I remember that it was good also. As far as the 'best' question...I think it's all matter of individual tastes. So what one person thinks is 'best' another won't. Maybe topics such as these would be better posed as 'Which commercial hummus do you prefer'?

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        1. re: crt

          Trader Joe's is made by Two Chefs on a Roll. :-)

          1. re: nanette90278

            Is maker/producer of their hummus listed on the packaged product. I know Trader Joe's has a penchant for not disclosing who manufactures many, and I thought all for that matter, of the products they sell with the Trader Joe's name on them. I read about that and the reasons for why they don't but I can't remember why. Course this could be a product without the Trader Joe name. As I said I don't purchase it regularly so I can't really remember whether or not it was labled under the 'Trader Joe's' name.

            1. re: crt

              TJ's has several hummus options.
              On the west coast TJs best hummus is the "Mediterranean Smooth and Creamy". Layer of oil (though canola) and pine nuts on top, it's pretty darn good!

        2. I love Sabra's - I'm sure they make a chunky version.

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          1. re: piccola

            Ditto on Sabras - love it but have never seen a chunky version.

            1. re: piccola

              Here's a third vote, the rasted garlic has chunks of garlic if that counts :)

              1. re: enbell

                Love the pine nut version - those are like chunks too right? :)

              2. re: piccola

                Sabra's is my favorite too - the olive, and the spicy - which has a little nest of VERY spicy peppers in the middle that you can mix in to your own tolerance level.

                1. re: dubedo

                  Also Sabra's lemony fresh tasting. Great flavor.

              3. I like Cedar's (plain/original- not any of the dozens of other versions/flavors they make).

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                1. re: PamelaD

                  Hummus is one of those things that is so amazingly easy to make at home in the blender or food processor that I can recall the last time I purchased a commercial brand. Try making it and tweaking it until you find the flavors you love. It's all good.

                  1. re: MysticYoYo

                    Dittoing this. Hummus is dead easy. Buying store-bought hummus (unless its perfectly fresh from a middle-eastern resto or deli) makes as much sense as buying supermarket toast.

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      Hmmm, food processor, rinsing chick peas (canned I presume), chopping garlic, lemon, etc, processing, cleaning up afterwards. Maybe not tough but not as easy as opening container of very good store bought hummus.

                      Sorry Johyn but not the same as buying toast and with good prepared options available, for me homemade hummus is not worth even the relatively small amount of work if the difference between the two is not sufficiently significant.

                    2. re: MysticYoYo

                      My problem with making hummus is that you have to buy tahini in such large containers and it always goes rancid before I make hummus again. So then I have to go buy more, and it's a whole wasteful cycle. So even though I almost always have chickpeas and garlic on hand, I rarely make my own hummus anymore.

                      1. re: dubedo

                        I buy tahini in 12 ounce jars and never had them go bad. Even though you only need a tablespoon at a time, you should be able to get through the jar in no time.

                        Once the jar is open, I store it in the refrigerator and when I want to use some, I let it come up to room temperature before scooping it out.

                      2. re: MysticYoYo

                        Agreed. Hummous is probably the single easiest dish I've ever made. It takes about 5 minutes, literally, from start to finish, and it's infinitely tastier than anything store-bought. Buying pre-made hummous is just so strange, so alien. I mean, you just throw five or so ingredients in a food processor and push the button. Done.