Sunday Times Food Awards

Which supermarket makes the yummiest hummus?

Served with crunchy crudites, pita bread or mini kebabs, hummus can be the star of an easy crowd-pleasing snack platter. To help you buy the best, we put dips from leading supermarkets to the taste test

12 November 2017 - 00:00 By Hilary Biller
Dress up traditional store-bought hummus with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of dukkah and some fresh parsley.
Dress up traditional store-bought hummus with a drizzle of olive oil, a sprinkle of dukkah and some fresh parsley.
Image: 123RF/naltik

HOW WE CONDUCTED OUR TASTE TEST

It's free and fair!

Taste is a subjective thing, we know, but if you gather a group of  Sunday Times readers together and ask them to blind-taste two types of readymade hummus — spicy and traditional — from leading supermarkets, you are bound to find winners and losers.

The readers were presented with each of the dips "naked" without any branding or packaging. They were asked to score them according to appearance, taste, suitability as a cocktail snack, generosity and whether they would buy the item.

To be sure of fairness, auditor Jade Craig oversaw the event, tallied the scores and gave the tasting her stamp of approval.

Spicy hummus left to right: Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Checkers.
Spicy hummus left to right: Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Checkers.
Image: Christoph Hoffman

THE RESULTS

SPICY HUMMUS

FIRST PLACE: Woolworths Roast Red Pepper Hummus

Price: R29.99 for 180g

Judges's comments:

  • Caroline: Easy on the mouth, smooth and tastes good.
  • Christian: Could be more spicy.
  • Rory: Well presented, nice colour.

SECOND PLACE: Pick n Pay Chipotle Hummus

Price: R21.90 for 120g

Judges's comments:

  • Liz: Too hot for me.
  • Prinesh: Nice strong taste - stings in your mouth in a nice way.
  • Lena: Leaves burning sensation in back of throat.

THIRD PLACE: Checkers Jalapeno Hummus

Price: R22.99 for 125g

Judges's comments:

  • Sasha: Not a chilli fan so this is too hot for me.
  • Wynand: Tastes better than looks.
Traditional hummus left to right: Pick n Pay,Woolworths, Checkers.
Traditional hummus left to right: Pick n Pay,Woolworths, Checkers.
Image: Christoph Hoffman

TRADITIONAL HUMMUS

FIRST PLACE: Pick n Pay 

Price: R19.90 for 120g

Judges's comments:

  • Nigel: Beautiful flavour, a definite to serve to guests.
  • Rory: Best all-rounder with nice texture and flavour.
  • Liz: I eat a lot of hummus and this is a strong contender.

SECOND PLACE: Woolworths 

Price: R26.99 for 180g

Judges's comments:

  • Cristian: Close to an original hummus.
  • Zanele: The roughish appearance gives me the feeling of homemade.
  • Shantal: This won my taste.

THIRD PLACE: Checkers

Price: R22.99 for 125g

Judges's comments:

  • Betsy: Texture too loose/soft.
  • Yvette: Slightly disappointing, I want to say bordering on boring.

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