“ Brand: Asda / Type: Dip „
One day while doing my weekly shopping I came across Waitrose's Roasted Tomato Houmous. Being a fan of houmous in general, and also of tomatoes, I decided to give it a try - especially as it was quite reasonably priced, and didn't have any dodgy-looking ingredients. The packaging was quite attractive, and I was not yet familiar enough with Waitrose's dips to know to mistrust them.
I was very disappointed. At first taste, it tasted all right, but it was very difficult to eat more than a very tiny amount. I found this houmous had a strong tomato flavour, but not in a good way - it was almost a burning, harsh kind of flavour, instead of the pleasant, warm flavour one would normally expect from a tomato-based food.. It left a weird sensation in my throat, and the consistency was quite strange. I tried it with bread, crackers, little sticks of vegetables - I gave it every chance to redeem itself, but no, it just wasn't good enough.
This houmous was a waste of the small amount of money I spent on it. It was without a doubt the worst houmous I have ever tasted, and I have tasted many, many different houmouses! (Yes, I am aware that "houmouses" is almost certainly not a word.) Never again will I buy Waitrose houmous.
It cost me £1.29 for 200 grams which I thought was reasonable. The use by date was for one week after purchase, although once opened it must be used within two days. The houmous must also be kept refrigerated.
What impressed me most about this product is that it has a very simple ingredient list. I am aware that houmous in general does because it is simple to make, but I think that it is good to have food without added rubbish in it so I liked this product. The ingredients in it are chick peas, tahini, slow roasted tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil.
The houmous is a pale orange in colour as you would expect, with pieces of tomato skin in it. It is incredibly smooth, with the perfect amount of tomato in it, meaning it is neither an overwhelming taste nor one which is not obvious.
The packaging for this product is simple, it is contained in a small plastic circular pot with a clear press down lid. The pot is encased in a cardboard sleeve with the name of the product on it. The product is easily identifiable and is usually found in the chilled section with the salsa, guacamole etc. This is situated next to the vegetable isle in my local Waitrose but I'm not sure if that runs concurrent with every other Waitrose.
I have finished my pot already, having only bought it yesterday afternoon! I ate it with pita bread, although it would also go well with celery, carrot etc. As you may have guessed by the speed with which I ate mine, I am giving this product 5/5 because I cannot fault it! I will definitely be repurchasing this flavour of houmous!