Review: Tribe Ranch Hummus & Ranch, As a Flavor – Yay or Nay?
Today’s junk food: Tribe Ranch Hummus!!
I’ve reviewed Tribe Hummus varieties before, so it’s no surprise that Tribe would want me to hit up their new Tribe Ranch Hummus. I love hummus. You give me a tub of hummus and a gigantic bag of Stacy’s Pita Chips? I can eat that for hours. HOURS.
And I love ranch, despite the perception of ranch changing over the years (at least in my world). As a Kid, I loved it – it was a general savory flavor I could get behind; the first salad dressing I really liked. However, as I got older, I found people dismissed ranch as too basic, something that someone with no palate would enjoy. And I myself stepped away from ranch dressing – I stopped buying it for salads, I rarely bought Cool Ranch Doritos, and I started to dip my wings into blue cheese instead.
Once I got out of college and out of dining halls in general, I have admit, I STOPPED seeing ranch. Besides seeing it pop up in junk food, I never saw ranch seasoning anywhere else. Not in restaurants, not in recipe, NADA. I saw a Hidden Valley Ranch commercial the other day, and was shocked there was an ad budget for it.
However, I wondered if it was regional bias? Maybe in some parts of the country, RANCH IS STILL GOING STRONG. But not here in DC – I haven’t seen full-on ranch flavoring ANYWHERE. The local grocery I go to doesn’t even carry regular ranch; there is only Lite Ranch and packets of HV Ranch seasoning to make your own goddamn ranch dressing.
I asked two friends of their opinions on ranch, and got two COMPLETELY different answers. One friend loves ranch so much, he spreads it on toast for his tuna fish sandwiches (semi-gag). The other friend told me to take my garbage question about my garbage seasoning stuff it into my garbage mouth. Hoooo-kkaaaay.
So what gives? And where do you stand on ranch flavoring/seasoning/etc., JFG Nation? Yay or Nay? Let me know in the comments below. Back to the hummus.
When I opened this tub of Tribe Ranch Hummus, I have to admit – it didn’t smell particularly ranch-y. It smelled tangy and tahini-ish – like hummus! Ranch doesn’t really have a visual representation, so I thought that it was interesting that Tribe decided to sprinkle the surface with parsley to punch up the visual. I dig it.
Eating the hummus by itself, it was not a surprising flavor – it tasted like good ol fashioned hummus that had a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning mixed in. And it was GOOD! The ranch did not overwhelm; the flavor of the hummus, tahini, tang was all still there. It was more that the backend had that familiar ranch flavor to end the taste rather than just the citrus-y note that hummus usually has.
I wanted to see if this Tribe Ranch Hummus could save my opinion of the Mediterranean Olive Triscuits I reviewed last week, and they totally did. The hummus muted the initial weird flavor of the cracker, and the olive saltiness of the Triscuits paired really well with the ranch hummus. Nice save, Tribe.
All in all, this Tribe Ranch Hummus wasn’t anything unpredictable – just a solid hummus, good flavor, good execution. If you’re a hummus fan, like me, you probably trend more to the garlic, sun dried tomato, or spicy varieties. However, if you like ranch – this combo satisfies.
PURCHASED AT: Sent to me
COST: Suggested retail price $3.49
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