Putting store-bought hummus to the test

August 1, 2011 3:02:09 PM PDT
When it comes to dips, hummus is a lot healthier than most. Unlike other creamy dips, it has protein and fiber and is relatively low in fat and calories.

So, Consumer Reports taste-tested to see if there's a supermarket hummus that comes close to freshly made.

"Hummus is great because it is very light. It's actually very refreshing in warm weather. It's a perfect food. It's actually very nutritious," said chef Peter Giannakas.

If you don't have a Mediterranean restaurant nearby, you can find lots of choices at your supermarket.

Consumer Reports tested nine different ones from names like Cedar's and Sabra. It also tested hummus from Trader Joe's and Archer Farms, sold at Target.

Sensory panelists tasted the hummus by itself to size up the flavors and texture.

"A great-tasting hummus should taste freshly prepared, with a nice combination of chick peas, tahini, and fresh lemon and garlic," said Amy Keating of Consumer Reports.

In the end, several rated "very good," including two from Cedar's - the Naturally Delicious All Natural Hummus and the Simply Delicious Original Hummus.

If you're serving a crowd, Consumer Reports recommends Costco's Hannah Classic Hummus.

It comes in a 32-ounce container, so it's great for parties. It rated "very good" and, per serving, was also the least expensive hummus tested.

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