About Best Loved Brands
When you’re looking for the absolute best, grocery shopping can be a real chore—dozens of brands, hundreds of choices. From potato chips to chocolate chips, brownies to bacon, it can be daunting to make the picks that will make your homemade creations their best yet. That’s where Taste of Home comes in. Our culinary and editorial experts put 100+ products to the test. After undergoing a thorough review, our Best Loved Brands emerged. Find out which brands you should be grabbing at the grocery store.
Finding the Best Hummus
When you’re tasked to bring a snack to a party, many of us reach for hummus, and for good reason! This chickpea-tahini dip is healthy and goes great with tortilla chips, veggies, pitas and more. As with any packaged snack, though, there are good options and ones that leave a little something to be desired. At the Taste of Home Test Kitchen, we never want to show up to a party with a lackluster dip (you won’t have to worry about that with these recipes), so we put ten brands of hummus to the test in efforts to find the best one. Our panel of editorial and culinary experts judged these hummuses according to these three standards:
First Place: Kirkland
Our top spot went to Kirkland, a Costco-exclusive brand. This hummus gave us a nice smooth texture with spot-on consistency—not to thin or thick. Our Test Kitchen panel loved the balanced flavor. There was a great tahini taste with just a bit of tang making it an interesting dip on its own and a great addition to any snack tray or lunch box.
2.4-oz. single-serve cups sold in packs of 20; available exclusively at Costco.
Second Place: Park Street Deli
Another one of our favorites came from Aldi’s Park Street Deli brand. This hummus had great consistency and a smooth (but not overly smooth) texture. Testers also admired it for its exceptional creamy flavor. This brand gave us a great basic hummus that would be perfect for dressing up with a few fresh herbs and spices.
$2.29 for a 10-oz. container; available exclusively at Aldi.
Third Place: Cedar’s
Also worthy of a spot in your next snack spread was Cedar’s. This brand definitely gave our panel a bit more tahini flavor, so sesame-lovers, this one’s for you! With that extra bit of tang and acidity, Cedar’s hummus was a bit more interesting than others we tried.
$3.39 for an 8-oz. container; available at select grocers nationwide.
What to Make with Hummus
When it comes to hummus, most us pop open a container and call it a day. All you need are some pita chips and veggies, right? Or you could take that tub and transform it into something entirely new like a layered dip, sandwich spread or appetizer flatbread. Just check out all these tasty ideas.
And those Mediterranean nachos? Well, they’re a breeze to make and look beautiful on the table at any party. Check it out!
We hope this test helps you love snack time even more. Now, go check out our other Best Loved Brands!