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      02.06.2010 16:38
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      I will stick with the plain old stuff thanks!

      In an attempt to kick start a healthier eating routine I decided to start by looking at my lunches. During the week I take my own lunch to work and eat at my desk, so I need something that's convenient and practical to make on a daily basis. I spotted these little tubs of houmous and figured they would be perfect for using with crudités. At the moment the multipack is reduced to £1, and the usual selling price is £1.25. For your money you get 3 individual tubs of houmous in various flavours - one plain, one lemon and coriander, and one red pepper.

      The pots are conveniently sized and easy to take away for a packed lunch. They are sealed with a layer of plastic covering, which you cannot then re-seal. If you do not want to use the entire tub in one go, I'd advise putting it inside a small tupperware box once open, or covering over with tightly wrapped clingfilm to keep the dip fresh after it's been opened.

      There are plenty of options for ways to use this, I am going with dipping and use it with carrots sticks, cucumber, crisps and bread. They all have a lovely smooth creamy texture and are easy to spread or scoop without being messy and there are no drips. The plain houmous is pretty standard and actually my favourite of the bunch! I have only recently started liking houmous and I love the smoothness and garlicky tang. It tastes quite rich and creamy and goes nicely with most other flavours as it is not overpowering.

      For me the flavoured ones are trying too hard. They tasted very sharp and quite sour. The lemon & coriander tasted mostly like black pepper, I was a little offput as this was not what I was expecting, but after a while I got used to it and was a reasonable enough taste. The red pepper dip was the only one that had chunks in, the other two were very smooth, but I could see bits of red pepper mixed in here. The taste was very sharp and strong and produced a sort of burning feeling on my tongue - please note it was not severe! - just a strong feeling of heat and an unpleasant aftertaste. They did not taste very natural, and I am surprised that there are no artificial ingredients listed, as the flavourings were very OTT and tasted as though they were synthetic.

      The consistency was lovely and thick and smooth, and I really liked the plain houmous. I don't think I would bother with these as a repeat purchase as the other flavours were not to my liking and the packaging is not useful if you want to re-seal and use again you need to prepare and provide a different container. Also, I was interested to see that one 70g pot contains 175 calories and 12g of fat. This seems quite high to me especially for something that is marketed as reduced fat and put into context this is almost 20% of your RDA fat allowance.

      Ingredients:
      Cooked Chickpeas (54%), Water, Sesame Seed Paste (13%), Vegetable Oil, Concentrated Lemon Juice (3.6%), Roasted Red Pepper (2.9%), Salt, Garlic Puree, Coriander, Sugar, Jalapeno Chilli, Lemon Zest, Coriander Powder, Paprika.
      Cooked Chickpeas contains Chickpeas, Water.
      Roasted Red Pepper contains Red Pepper, Sunflower Oil.
      Jalapeno Chilli contains Jalapeno Chilli, Water, Spirit Vinegar, Salt, Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Cloves.

      Nutritional values per pot:
      Energy 725kJ (175kcal)
      Protein 5.6g
      Carbohydrate 9.9g
      Sugars 0.7g
      Fat 12.5g
      Saturates 1.4g
      Mono Unsaturates 6.2g
      Polyunsaturates 4.6g
      Fibre 3.4g
      Sodium* 0.2g
      *Salt Equivalent 0.6g

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        25.05.2010 15:39
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        Not bad, not great.

        I recently picked up a stack of three mixed houmous in Tesco's for £1.25. The houmous tubs are smaller than usual (you get 70g per tub), but you get three different flavours, so I decided to buy a stack for work to go with my pitta breads at lunchtime.

        This stack is quite widely available- I've seen it in small Tesco's Express stores, as well as larger Tesco's. The three dips are stacked on top of each other and they are held together by brown cardboard.

        There are three varieties of houmous within the stack: lemon and coriander; caramelised onion; and roasted red pepper.

        But what exactly do you get for your money?


        ***************** Lemon and coriander *****************

        Nutritional values per pot:

        Calories: 205;
        Protein: 4.1g;
        Carbohydrates: 6.8g; (of which are sugars: 1.5g);
        Fat: 17.9g; (of which are saturates: 1.6g);
        Fibre: 1.9g;
        Sodium: 0.3g.

        Ingredients:

        chickpeas (40%); vegetable oil; water; tahini sesame seed paste (12%); concentrated lemon juice (3%); coriander (2%); jalapeño chilli (2%); sugar; salt; lemon zest (1%); garlic purée; coriander powder and paprika.

        Opinion:

        When you peel back the lid of this plastic tub the smell of garlic hits you - you can also taste the garlic purée very strongly and the lemon juice is another ingredient that is particularly overpowering. I couldn't taste the chilli or the coriander that is supposedly in this product (although I could see coriander visually in the dip - so is it is there). I just think that the lemon and garlic is too powerful and totally eclipse all the other flavours within the dip.

        The consistence is pretty average - it isn't too runny, or thick, but personally it was far too rich for my taste buds and compared to other lemon and coriander houmous that I have tried it was very bland!


        ****************** Roasted Red Pepper ******************

        Nutritional values per pot:

        Calories: 185;
        Protein: 4.1g;
        Carbohydrate: 6.6g; (of which are sugars: 07g);
        Fat: 15.4g; (of which are saturates: 1.3g);
        Fibre: 1.7g;
        Sodium: 0.3g.

        Ingredients:

        Chickpeas (51%); vegetable oil; tahini sesame seed paste (11%); roasted red pepper (9%); water; concentrated lemon juice; salt and garlic purée.


        Opinion:

        This houmous has a red /pink appearance, which I presume comes from red peppers being blended into the mixture, because there are no actual bits of red pepper within the tub.

        It isn't as easy to spread as the other dips, but I do quite like the taste - the garlic isn't as overpowering in this dip as it is in the Lemon and Coriander, and the sweet roasted pepper taste compliments the houmous well.

        I would eat this again - the combination of flavours works well and it tasted nice on pitta bread.


        ****************** Caramelised Onion ******************

        Nutritional values per pot:

        Calories: 135;
        Protein: 3.5g;
        Carbohydrates: 5.8g; (of which are sugars: 2.8g);
        Fat: 10.9g; (of which are saturates: 1.0g);
        Fibre: 2.6g;
        Sodium 0.3g.

        Ingredients: balsamic caramelised onion (42%), chickpeas (32%), vegetable oil, tahini sesame seed paste (9%); concentrated lemon juice; salt; garlic purée.


        Opinion:

        Out of the three dips this was definitely my favourite - I loved the combination of the sweet caramalised onions and the chick peas within the houmous - the garlic also added a nice kick and the flavours all worked well together.

        This dip seemed to have more oil in it than the others, which meant that it spreaded further and it had a powerful, yet complex taste - all the flavours were very equally balanced.


        ********************** Overall ************************

        I might purchase this stack again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to, plainly because I think that other supermarkets produce a nicer range of houmouses (*cough, cough Asda*).

        When you consider that these dips come from a healthy food range, I think that they're very high in calories and fat. I also wouldn't necessarily eat one tub in one sitting, it would be nice to flit between the three, put the flimsy plastic lib makes it impossible to reseal the tubs.

        In my opinion, the Lemon and coriander didn't impress - at all, the Roasted Red Pepper dip was okay (but nothing to write home about), and the Caramelised Onion dip was by far the nicest (I would definitely purchase a bigger pot of this dip if it was available!).

        Overall I award this product three out of five stars. If you see it of the shelf then give it a go, but don't go out of your way looking for it.

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        25.05.2010 10:45
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        Delicious, tasty and (sort of) healthy

        I am a big fan of houmous, but living alone causes problems - a pot of the stuff is normally huge, and much as I love it I can't always manage to eat it all before it goes off. When I spotted this Reduced Fat Houmous Selection in Tesco the other day it was as if someone had read my mind, even down to the 'reduced fat' aspect!

        The selection contains 3 individual pots, one each of Houmous, Lemon & Coriander Houmous, and Red Pepper Houmous. Each one is just the right size for one person's snack/meal, so you won't have to worry about keeping it fresh once opened.

        The houmous comes in a clearly marked cardboard pack containing three 70g stacked plastic pots. The use by date is clearly stated on the top of the packet. The light brown cardboard sleeve states that each pot of houmous contains 175 calories and 12.5 grams of fat. The allergy advice states that the product contains sesame; the recipe and the factory contain no nuts but it cannot be guaranteed that the ingredients are nut free (work that one out!). The pots are suitable for vegetarians. There is also a list of ingredients on the bottom of the packet: reassuringly, all the ingredients are recognisable foodstuffs! The houmous pots must be kept refrigerated and consumed within 2 days of opening.

        The houmous itself tastes delicious. Each of the flavours has a lovely texture: the grainy texture of houmous was present but the product is creamy, not dry. The standard houmous tastes fresh and you can really detect the chickpeas. The red pepper houmous is redder in colour and tastes sweeter than the other varieties, you can definitely detect the pepper. I couldn't eat a lot of it as it would be a bit too much, however the individual pot is the perfect size. The lemon and coriander flavour was probably my favourite: the sharpness of the lemon was balanced by the aromatic coriander and went perfectly with the chickpeas.

        It seems from previous reviews that the normal houmous has replaced the caramelised onion houmous that used to be present in the pack. This is disappointing as it sounds really nice! Still, I guess I could always try that separately.

        I had the two flavoured houmouses for lunch on 2 different days with vegetable sticks and it was really tasty. I used the ordinary houmous in a ciabatta sandwich with a bit of salad. I really enjoyed eating them all and they made fresh delicious lunches. I think these pots would be ideal to take to work for lunch as you could just take some vegetable sticks or pittas and have a tasty alternative to a sandwich!

        I got my pot at the reduced price of £1 which I thought was a bargain. Normally it's around £1.25. I do recommend this product if you like houmous or even if you just want to give it a try!

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          18.09.2008 02:10
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          Glass of wine, some warm pittas and this is heaven!

          Anyone who regularly reads my reviews will know all to well by now that I am a snacker on a huge scale. I'm much more of a savoury person than sweet as a rule. I went to Tesco's deliberately to get the 'Value' tortilla chips that I love (I have done a review on these) and while I was there I came across these snack pots and thought oh that sounds a good idea because not only do I adore houmous, if I buy a pot I get stuck with a whole large pot just for me (no one in my house likes it)and this being 3 small pots of different varieties really interested me!

          The Packaging....

          Bright yellow and cardboard. It has no sides so the 3 pots all rest on a layer of cardboard which you can slip them out of. On the top of the cardboard I'm told they 'Tesco, Mini Flavoured Houmous Stack', no artificial preservatives, flavours or colours. Then there is a drawing of some chickpeas and the size of the product is stated (3x60g). Under that I'm told they are suitable for vegetarians and to keep them refrigerated and the display/use before date is stamped on. On the back I'm told each flavours nutritional values and there is a bar-code on there and then on the bottom I am told what they are, allergy advice, ingredients for each product is listed separately, told they are not suitable for freezing, and the size is stated once again. The three pots of houmous are clear plastic and round with see through peel off lids that all have the flavour stamped on the top clearly.

          What They Are....

          Flavoured houmous stacker. Lemon and coriander houmous, a chickpea and sesame seed paste dip with lemon and coriander. Roasted red pepper houmous, a chickpea and sesame seed paste dip with roasted red peppers. Caramelised onion houmous, a chickpea and sesame seed paste dip with caramelised onion.

          Firstly I'm going to talk about each dip individually, if I may...

          Lemon and Coriander Houmous...

          A pale beige in colour with a decent amount of visible coriander in it (pieces of greenery). It looked like porridge at first glance with mould in it and at first taste I was greeted with a coriander taste that I thought yuk at! However it ended up being my second favourite out of the three pots because it grows on you! Not top garlicky it had a nice creamy texture and wasn't dry like so many houmous's can be. It was moist but not at all soggy.

          A really nice hint of lemon gave it a fresh taste at the same time creating a little of a sour edge to the proceedings. The coriander was very finely chopped into it and blended nicely. I can only describe this one as fresh and it smells that way too. I really liked this and not a flavour I was familiar with. Would I buy the huge pot of this? Definitely! It was gorgeous once my tastebuds got over their first meeting!

          Ingredients Of The Lemon And Coriander Houmous....

          Chickpeas (40%), Vegetable Oil, Water, Tahini Sesame Seed Paste (12%), Concentrated Lemon Juice (3%), Coriander (2%), Jalapeño Chilli (2%), Sugar, Salt, Lemon Zest (1%), Garlic Purée, Coriander Powder, Paprika

          Chickpeas contains: Chickpeas, Water

          Jalapeño Chilli contains: Jalapeño Chilli, Water, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Acetic Acid), Bay Leaf, Cinnamon, Clove

          Nutritional Values Per Pot Of Lemon And Coriander Houmous....

          Energy 205kcal
          Protein 4.1g
          Carbohydrate 6.8g
          of which are sugars 1.5g
          Fats 17.9g
          of which are saturate 1.6g
          Fibre 1.9g
          Sodium 0.3g
          Salt Equivalent 0.9g

          Roasted Red Pepper Houmous....

          Again not a flavour I'm familiar with this looked a little odd as well being a pinkish coloured porridge looking thing. Smell wise you could smell the peppers and a hint of garlic. This seemed a little drier in texture that the previous houmous and felt more grainy on the tongue but again was really lovely. You could taste the chickpea in this one as to me it was the one with the most texture to it. There were no pieces of visible red pepper in it but if your familiar with houmous you would identify the flavours. The garlic overpowered nothing and the flavours all had there own role to play within this. Not too salty this had a naturally sweet tang to it and went great on tortillas. Would I buy this one?... Absolutely, yet again it was really nice!

          Ingredients Of The Red Pepper Houmous....

          Chickpeas (51%), Vegetable Oil, Tahini Sesame Seed Paste (11%), Roasted Red Pepper (9%), Water, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Salt, Garlic Purée

          Chickpeas contains: Chickpeas, Water

          Roasted Red Pepper contains: Red Pepper, Water, Salt, Acidity Regulator (Citric Acid)

          Nutritional information Per Pot Of Red Pepper Houmous....

          Energy 185Kcal
          Protein 4.1g
          Carbohydrate 6.6g
          of which are sugars 07g
          Fat 15.4g
          of which are saturate 1.3g
          Fibre 1.7g
          Sodium 0.3g
          Salt Equivalent 0.8g

          Caramelised Onion Houmous....

          The one I really wanted to try and never had done! I was slightly worried about it actually! Garlic and onion sounds... well erm....smelly!

          In colour this one was a dark beige. Looked slightly less solid than the other two though still 'set' and not at all runny. The smell I was greeted with was mainly sweet roasted onions and I mean sweet smelling. Just really pleasant and a foody smell. You can see small pieces of onion dotted through the pot. Taste wise this was my number one and absolutely the nicest houmous I've EVER tasted (I'm even talking Turkish restaurants here!). The texture wasn't too rough and it had no lumps in it, it was fairly smooth. Yep you could taste the chickpea though it wasn't mushy and yes you could taste the garlic though this seemed less apparent in this one that the other two pots.

          The thing that really stood out of this was the onions. Oh my word! They really were caramelised, soft, sweet (not overly so) and juicy in the mouth. None were hard or burnt or in cubes or uncooked there were slithers hidden within the houmous. If you love onions this was amazing and I went to heaven on a tortilla and back too soon (I ran out!). Still it remained light and unstodgy and wasn't a heavy product my tortilla couldn't hold. I was so impressed about this I called up a couple of my friends to tell them and they thought me mad but I really will be buying myself a tub a week of this one and this brand loads in the future! Rave about it? I can't stop! Buy it again? What do you reckon??!! lol

          Ingredients Of Caramelised Onion Houmous....

          Balsamic Caramelised Onion (42%), Chickpeas (32%), Vegetable Oil, Tahini Sesame Seed Paste (9%), Concentrated Lemon Juice, Salt, Garlic Purée

          Balsamic Caramelised Onion contains: Onion, Water, Sugar, Garlic Purée, Balsamic Vinegar, Vegetable Oil, Salt

          Chickpeas contains: Chickpeas, Water.

          Nutritional Values Of Caramelised Onion Houmous....


          Energy 135Kcal
          Protein 3.5g
          Carbohydrate 5.8g
          of which are sugars 2.8g
          Fat 10.9g
          of which are saturates 1.0g
          Fibre 2.6g
          Sodium 0.3g
          Salt Equivalent 0.7g

          Overall....

          The pots are quite small and are really individual servings... to me anyway. However they are the perfect way to sample the range before buying larger pots of the stuff and getting landing with stuff you don't like and giving you a bit of variety at the same time. I loved them all, thought they were all superb quality and distinguishable in flavours. Sure a little high in fat these are not diet products. I thoroughly enjoyed them and recommend them highly. I must get some pitta breads next time!

          The Stack costs £1.25 and only in Tesco..

          You can purchase the caramelised onion houmous (200g) for £1.14 though the other flavours are not available to buy separately but there are similar alternative options available and Tesco have a rather large range, including red pepper pesto houmous and Moroccan style houmous as alternatives to the one's I've mentioned and I shall be trying these as well!

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            17.09.2008 13:27
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            If you are looking for a convenient snack then this might be the answer

            I have to admit I am a bit of a houmous fan, I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea but for me it is a really enjoyable snack.

            The mixed houmous stacked dip is a great idea as they made the tubs smaller and that means there is less waste (if at all). It is £1.25 for the 3 tubs

            There are 3 flavours

            Lemon & Coriander
            Caramelised onion
            Roasted red pepper

            All 3 are tasty although my favourite is the caramalised onion. They are great with some pitta bread or even a selection of veg.

            **Nutritional Values**
            Lemon & Coriander Houmous
            Nutrition
            Name Per Serving Per 100g
            Energy 845kJ (205kcal) 1410kJ (340kcal)
            Protein 4.1g 6.8g
            Carbohydrate 6.8g 11.3g
            sugars 1.5g 2.5g
            Fat 17.9g 29.8g
            saturates 1.6g 2.7g
            mono unsaturates 9.4g 15.7g
            polyunsaturates 6.1g 10.1g
            Fibre 1.9g 3.2g
            Sodium* 0.3g 0.6g
            *Salt Equivalent 0.9g 1.4g
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            Storage
            Keep refrigerated

            Caramelised Onion Houmous
            Nutrition
            Name Per Serving Per 100g
            Energy 560kJ (135kcal) 935kJ (225kcal)
            Protein 3.5g 5.8g
            Carbohydrate 5.8g 9.7g
            sugars 2.8g 4.6g
            Fat 10.9g 18.1g
            saturates 1.0g 1.6g
            mono unsaturates 5.6g 9.4g
            polyunsaturates 3.8g 6.3g
            Fibre 2.6g 4.3g
            Sodium* 0.3g 0.5g
            *Salt Equivalent 0.7g 1.2g
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            Storage
            Keep refrigerated

            Roasted Red Pepper Houmous
            Nutrition
            Name Per Serving Per 100g
            Energy 755kJ (185kcal) 1260kJ (305kcal)
            Protein 4.1g 6.9g
            Carbohydrate 6.6g 11.0g
            sugars 0.7g 1.2g
            Fat 15.4g 25.7g
            saturates 1.3g 2.2g
            mono unsaturates 8.2g 13.6g
            polyunsaturates 5.3g 8.8g
            Fibre 1.7g 2.8g
            Sodium* 0.3g 0.6g
            *Salt Equivalent 0.8g 1.4g


            The argument would be is it money for old rope. If you consider that in the tesco finest selection you pay the equivalent of 65p per 100g and these work out at 70p then there is an argument for this but if you are looking for something quick, easy and tasty then it's a good snack

            I have given it only 3 stars not because of the flavour but I personally think its money for old rope.

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            Stack your favourite cracker with this delicious houmous dip.