This post is in collaboration with Soom Foods.
Earlier this year, the ladies at Soom Foods sent me a package with their full line up of sesame-based dips and spreads. As a vegetarian, I’m no stranger to tahini and Soom’s sesame products fit right in to my kitchen and everyday meals. Soom is used at several restaurants in NYC, so you may have already experienced Soom without realizing it!
Even though I was sent free samples of Soom, this is not a paid post. All opinions are my own, and this review is based on my (and my husband’s) taste preferences. Everyone’s taste buds are different, but I think it’s definitely worth giving Soom a try if you see them at your local grocery store. Next time I’m at the store, I’m going to look for Soom!
What is Soom Foods?
You can read all about Soom and the health benefits of sesame on their website, but in short, Soom is a Philly-based, women owned business of the three “Soom” sisters. Yeah, #girlpower! All of their products are made of sesame and are vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, and kosher. They’re also made in a peanut-free facility for those of you with peanut allergies.
Soom Sesame Tahini
Soom Sesame Tahini ($6.99 on Amazon) is their main product, and it consists of just one ingredient: Ethiopian sesame seeds. So far, I’ve only used this product in a simple lemon tahini dressing for my go to zucchini noodles salad, but I can see Soom tahini doing well in marinades, as well as desserts and baked goods. The texture is what you would expect of tahini, but the flavor is richer and slightly sweeter than other brands of tahini I’ve tried. As with all tahini, separation is natural, so be sure to give it a good stir in the container before you use it.
Soom Sesame Dips
Even though the tahini is Soom’s flagship product, it’s the sesame dips that really shine! There are four flavors: Classic Sesame, Zesty Mediterranean, Spicy Sriracha, and Thai Red Curry. Soom Dips are versatile and were great as a veggie dip or in sandwiches, burgers, and wraps. If someone served Soom Dips to me without telling me it’s made of sesame, it might take me a while to figure out that there are no chickpeas involved. Silky and creamy just like hummus, but there’s a nutty sesame flavor that kind of gives it away though.
Think of the Classic Sesame as your basic chickpea hummus, but made with sesame instead. Pure sesame flavor, sweet and slightly roasty. If you wanted to mix up your own flavor, the Classic Sesame is the perfect starting point. The Zesty Mediterranean is similar, but with an extra punch of garlic and lemon… they did say it’s zesty, after all.
The two flavors I was most excited to try were the sriracha and curry as both of those are things I love and eat regularly. The Spicy Sriracha dip wasn’t spicy at all. Maybe I’m just used to having lots of sriracha, but I wished it packed way more heat! My beloved sriracha flavor was there though and complemented the roasty sesame. The Thai Red Curry dip was an easy favorite. Again, not very spicy, but offered a big, bold curry flavor that was yummy with the sesame. If I were to buy just one Soom product again, it would have to be the Thai Red Curry dip.
Note: This post is in collaboration with Soom Foods. I received complimentary samples of this product. This was not in exchange for a positive review and all opinions expressed here are my own.