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‘I eat three pots in one go’: Meet the UK’s biggest houmous addicts

One guy even claims to brush his teeth with it


This year has been the year of houmous. Everyone you know claims to be obsessed with it, sharing and liking all the houmous-related meme they see.

But there are some people in this country, that love it a bit more than that. They love it so much, they eat three pots a day or even consider brushing their teeth with it.

And we spoke to these self-identified houmous addicts:

Flo

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Houmous is just amazing. It is my go to hangover food.

How much do you consume a day?

I once ate three pots of houmous in one day. I now try to (sadly) lessen my rations as it got way too much and I actually got told I needed to stop.

What is your favourite supermarket houmous?

Sainsbury's caramelised onion houmous is just insane. Although sometimes on a hangover, the red pepper is more refreshing.

What is a weird houmous combination you love?

I put it in fajitas.

What happens if you don’t have houmous for a while?

Get massive withdrawal symptoms and then suddenly when I am hungover, I'll just eat like five pots.

Joshua

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How much do you consume a day?

A tub a day, brush my teeth with it – Zohan style.

What’s your favourite supermarket houmous?

Sabra Houmous Extra is by far the leading houmous but I’m always open to a different brand and, on the odd occasion, a red pepper variety.

What is a weird houmous combination you love?

You might not believe me in this one, but houmous and cheese toasties are the one. Nothing beats scooping out houmous on your finger and demolishing a whole tub though

What happens if you don’t have houmous for a while, do you get any withdrawal symptoms?

I’m half Israeli so I feel like houmous is half of my lifeblood. Without it, 50% of me would die.

Kate

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Houmous has definitely got me through some all nighters in my time at university.

What is a weird houmous combination you love?

I’ve found that grapes taste really good with it, though it’s a bit messy.

How much do you consume a day?

I can have houmous up to twice a day. It’s the perfect in-between-meal snack.

What’s your favourite type of houmous?

The classic original houmous but I dabble in the more adventurous caramelised onion or the Moroccan variety.

How much money do you think you’ve spent on houmous in your lifetime?

Honestly, I don’t want to think about how much I spend on houmous, but I’ve found Aldi is good enough to suit my houmous needs, which feels better on the bank account.

Greg

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"People who don't rate houmous aren't evil, they just haven't lived."

How much do you consume a day?

I consume a pot of houmous per day. It's a ritualistic act, but the only thing that breaks through the constant pain of modern life.

What’s your favourite supermarket houmous?

My favourite houmous is red pepper. That certain retail outlets choose not to stock it boils my tahini-infused blood.

What is a weird houmous combination you love?

I'm a pretty regular missionary sex, warm side of the pillow, peppers and pitta with houmous kind of guy. By no means do I experiment.

How much money do you think you’ve spent on houmous in your lifetime?

It's impossible to tell how much i've spent, as I don't submit myself to the Ian Beale-esque torture of looking at my receipts like that.

Any interesting houmous related stories?

I used to make my own houmous, those were the glory days.

Roxy

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I’m half Lebanese and grew up with houmous, so my friends really respect my opinion on houmous, which is really nice to get some well-deserved credit when it's due.

How much houmous do you consume on a daily basis?

I’ll have houmous every single day without fail – the only time I don’t have houmous (sometimes) is when I’m hungover because I’m terrified being hungover and eating it might ruin a really special thing I have going.

What’s your favourite houmous?

The best houmous is Sabra. It’s got the perfect balance of creaminess and zest and the pine nuts and olive oil give it a real nice wholesome kick too.

What weird stuff do you eat it with?

I have been known to mix it in with rice.

How much money do you think you’ve spent on houmous in your lifetime?

A pot a day every day for the last eight years. You do the maths.

Norb

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I thought I was severely allergic to chickpeas and therefore had avoided houmous for 19 years of my life until the summer of 2016 when my Aunt served me some and I put my life on the line to try it (plot twist: I didn't die, in fact, I fell in love.)

Houmous is now my designated drunk food and I often wake up spooning a half-eaten tub with bread crumbs scattered on my bed sheets.

How much do you consume a day?

I have at least one tub of houmous most days (two if they're on a two-for-one sale.)

What’s your favourite supermarket houmous?

I would say that Coop's Moroccan-topped houmous is my favourite, but I'll eat pretty much any.

What is a weird houmous combination you love?

I once dipped bourbons in houmous and it was surprisingly good.

How much money do you think you’ve spent on houmous in your lifetime?

Since then I would say I've probably spent at least £500 on houmous.

Sammy

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In first year, a standard Tesco order included brown pitta breads, taramasalata and mexican style houmous. I would eat this almost constantly throughout the day, I gained several stone in first year.

How much do you consume a day?

I eat houmous on the daily, sometimes for both lunch and dinner.

What is a weird houmous combination you love?

I put houmous on salad, have it with a coarse pate, have it with smoked salmon, with all sorts.

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