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We’re no strangers to weird food trends here at SPY. Fried chicken ice cream? We tried it, and loved it. Orange whiskey? Here are some cocktails you have to try with Jameson’s delicious new flavor. If you’ve hit a snack rut, it’s time to shake things up. The next taste combo you need to try? The sweet, savory and satisfying trend that is dessert hummus.
It’s hummus, in that its main ingredient is chickpeas, but the rest of the flavor profile has little in common with the spicy, garlic and roasted red pepper varieties you find next to the pita at the grocery store. The name “hummus” is used loosely in this instance, since the rest of the ingredients mirror a baked good more than a savory dip.
What is Dessert Hummus?
Dessert hummus is a sweet take on the classic savory dip with flavors like chocolate, vanilla, sea salt caramel and even cake batter. It was invented by a brand called Delighted By in 2017 and received $600,000 in funding from Mark Cuban on Shark Tank for its delicious flavor and innovative concept.
Since then, big names in the food space like Trader Joe’s and Sabra have followed suit with chocolate hummus flavors of their own, as well as a slew of other noteworthy brands.
It makes for a great dessert alternative for satisfying late night cravings, and can be used as a dip for fruit or pretzels, slathered on cupcakes as frosting or eaten on its own, like fudge or cookie dough.
We’ve selected a few of our favorite flavors below. Some are possible to order on the web, some need a brick-and-mortar store to purchase. Either way, dessert hummus is definitely worth a try in 2022, and might just become your new food hack obsession.
1. Sabra Dark Chocolate Dessert Dip & Spread
Sabra knows hummus, and this dark chocolate dip has a decadent taste that holds up well with pretzels, fruit and other snacks. It would make a great sweet addition to a charcuterie board and is made using chickpeas using non-GMO, dairy-free and kosher ingredients. It’s currently out of stock with all major online retailers, as it was released in 2020 right before Valentine’s Day and sold out fast, but we’re guessing it’ll restock soon.
2. Soom Foods Chocolate Tahini Halva Spread
This chocolate tahini spread serves as a worthwhile alternative to Nutella, with 67% less sugar and only three simple ingredients: sesame seeds, sane sugar and cocoa powder. It has a silkier texture than hummus making it perfect for spreading on pancakes, toast or a cake, and it contains plant-powered nutrition and key minerals like iron and calcium.
3. Good & Gather Brownie Batter Dessert Hummus
This dessert hummus from Target’s in-house brand is also made with simple ingredients, including chickpeas, vanilla extract, cocoa powder and brown sugar. It contains no artificial anything, and pairs perfectly with bananas and strawberries, pretzels and apples. It also has one of the most affordable price tags on this list, at just $3.00 for a 10 ounce tub, making it perfect for first timers who don’t want to waste money on something they may not like.
4. Trader Joe’s Chocolate Hummus
While you can randomly buy some Trader Joe’s items on Amazon, you can’t buy their chocolate hummus online. It’s a solid pick for your next visit to a trading post, although, with a simple base on cooked chickpeas, tahini and salt. They’ve swapped the savory for sweet while maintaining the TJ’s texture you love (their chocolate flavor is even made by the same vendor who produces their other hummus varieties).
5. Amazon Kitchen Chocolate Hummus
Amazon does everything these days, including make a great chocolate hummus. It’s described as “ganache-like” with a smooth, rich chocolate flavor, thick texture and a touch of complimentary sweetness. It’s perfect for a peanut butter pairing, dipping pretzels or spreading on a graham cracker for a s’mores moment.
6. Hope Foods Chocolate Cashew & Almond Dip
This chocolate dip isn’t a hummus, per se, because it’s made with cashews and almond as opposed to chickpeas, but it’s still a healthier, plant-based alternative to cream-based chocolate dips and spreads. It’s full of flavor with no GMOs, and is available on Amazon for ordering straight to your home.
Brand Spotlight: Tribe Hummus
Tribe Hummus makes numerous delectable dessert hummus flavors including dark chocolate and sea salt caramel. They’re not available to order online, but you can search for your local store that sells them on their website. They’re currently producing two of their best-selling dessert hummuses, alongside their other savory options, the chocolate hummus and sea salt caramel hummus.