Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hope Hummus

Hummus here, hummus there, hummus hummus everywhere! That is how I feel nowadays at the grocery store where the popularity of hummus has grown exponentially. What used to be considered a hippie food has become a trendy and very popular food. But, with all its popularity, not many innovative companies have been emerging from this industry until now. Hope Hummus was developed by a guy named Ryan Weilert out in Boulder who was working as a Whole Foods cashier at the time. He realized that there was a niche market that hadn't yet been developed -- that of good, unique, organic hummus so he started his own company and developed new flavors of hummus.

He started with 3 flavors -- original, spicy avocado, and sweet potato. Those last two sure are different!  I tried the spicy avocado first. Zach and I really liked this spicy hummus paired with savory Dr. in the Kitchen Flackers crackers. It had a mild avocado taste with a nice kick from the jalapenos.

Next, we tried the original flavor, which is just a regular hummus flavor. What I really liked about these hummuses is how creamy they were. They are somewhat fluffy, not packed down like other hummuses so they make for a great dip. I paired this hummus with Jovans all natural whole food crackers in spicy el paso flavor because the hummus was a neutral flavor and needed a bold pairing. These crackers are made of tomatoes, red peppers, onion, garlic, an Mexican spices.

Lastly, we tried the sweet potato flavor. This flavor had the bold taste of sweet potatoes and paired best with the neutral flavor and crunchy texture of cauliflower.

The only thing I didn't like about these hummuses is that they tended to mold pretty quickly--much more quickly than any other hummus I've ever had. I'm not sure if the loose lid caused this or what.

Either way, I enjoyed all of the flavors and enjoyed learning about the company. Hope Hummus is proud of their Boulder community and they even donate 10% of the net profits to the local community in need. And all of their products are organic, vegan, and gluten-free. Hopefully, they'll be coming to my neck of the woods soon. For now, they are being sold at select Whole Foods Markets.

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