Skinny Food Find: WTF is Dessert Hummus?

On a recent episode of Shark Tank, entrepreneur Makenzie Marzluff received $600k in funding for her dessert hummus company Delighted By, the vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and low-sugar treat that she described as tasting like cookie dough. The Sharks were surprised to like it—though all noted how weird it was—and Mark Cuban exclaimed, “this shit is good!” before investing more than half a million dollars in it for a 25 percent stake in the company.

It comes in five flavors: brownie batter, snickerdoodle, vanilla bean, choco-mint, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Marzluff suggested eating them as a dessert dip, spread, or even “healthy frosting on a cupcake.” I was a little skeptical, but since trying new food swaps are a huge turn-on for me, I held out hope.

Not going to lie…the morning after it aired on Shark Tank, I told my husband I was going to the gym (that part was a lie), ducked out of my morning mom duties and made a special trip to Whole Foods. The shelf was almost completely cleared, but I managed to score 2 tubs of brownie batter. Since I enjoy food shopping more than shoe shopping, I am not ashamed to say that I opened the tub right there in the parking lot and dug in with my Whole Foods plastic spoon.  Its good! (I guess if you add enough sugar to anything it will taste good). Not too sweet, decent if grainy texture. Had a little chickpea aftertaste. Maybe not as decedent as I was hoping, but it is made from chickpeas after all.

2 tablespoons are 60-80 calories. Similar in calories to regular hummus, but fewer calories than 2 tablespoons of frosting (2 tablespoons of Dunkin Hines frosting is 140 calories). And if you like it enough to make it a food swap for frosting, then you are one lucky chick with very confused taste buds!

Cost is $5.99 at Whole Foods, but they’re priced at $4.67 at Wal-Mart. You can check Delighted By’s store locator to see where it’s in stock near you—or find it at Wegmans, Fairway, and ShopRite, among others.



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