Most of my life, I was afraid to even try guacamole! I thought it looked gross...slimy...inedible...Until last summer when I was pregnant with Xander and would eat things that were totally out of character for me. I am an incredibly picky eater, and do not try new foods often at all. I even ate a steak that was cooked to medium doneness while pregnant! This was WAY out of my comfort zone, since I never eat any meat that even has the slightest tinge of pink to it. Ever. At all. But pregnant, all bets were off, and I tried new foods. Including guacamole!
My love affair with guacamole began at a get-together at my Father-In-Law's house last summer. We love going up there because there is always great conversation, a ton of laughs, and food, glorious food! My in-laws had some friends over, one of whom looks uncannily like Alton Brown from the Food Network. His name is Jim. Well, Jim, like Alton, is a wonderful chef and brought some of his famous guacamole for the occasion. I was preggo and starving, and hesitantly gave it a shot...And then another...and another...Until I had devoured half the bowl single-handedly! I had discovered one of my new favorite foods! How is it possible that I never tried this stuff before?
Anyway, I have made my own guac many, many times now, and order it from restaurants whenever it appears on the menu. Often, I am disappointed with the results. Homemade guacamole has spoiled me somewhat, so the bar has been set very, very high. The problem with guacamole is that I do not always have the time or ingredients to make it from scratch. And when I do have the chance to make it, it spoils rather quickly, even with the acid from the lime juice and added salt. So unless I plan on eating a whole batch immediately or serving it to friends, I just don't make it. I hate being wasteful, and my husband will not eat guacamole.
That's why when I heard about Wholly Guacamole, I was quite eager to try it! Wholly Guacamole offers a wide variety of prepackaged guacamoles, salsa, and even queso that is ready to eat and can be found at your local supermarket! I must admit, I was quite skeptical about pre-made guacamole. I did not expect it to taste fresh. I have been seriously disappointed by other so-called-guacamole dips found at the store and restaurants alike. They tend to be full of chemicals and preservatives, and this is definitely reflected in the overall quality of such products.
Wholly Guacamole has found a unique way to tackle these very issues. Their founder, a restaurant owner, Don Bowden, discovered a unique way to preserve guacamole without the aid of fillers, chemicals, heat treatments or artificial preservatives. In fact, his method uses a highly pressurized water system that totally seals in the naturally delicious flavors in guacamole and allows it to keep for weeks in the refrigerator or months in the freezer! That's because Wholly products are "Fresherized." This method was so successful, Fresherized Foods, the makers of Wholly products was born and is now the best selling brand of pre-packaged guacamole in the United States. They are even the official guacamole of "The Biggest Loser!"
I received a cooler full of Wholly products and was so excited by the variety! There was Classic Guacamole, Spicy Guac, Organic Guac, Pico De Gallo Guac, and even convenient 100 Calorie Packs! Accompanying this bevy of deliciousness were Wholly Queso and Wholly Salsa. I was in Heaven! Needless to say, my guacamole cravings kicked in, and I made nachos for dinner that night. I used the Classic Guacamole, the Wholly Salsa, and the Wholly Queso for this dish.
When it comes to guacamole, I am a tough critic who has been spoiled by fantastic homemade guac. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised by these products! They are fantastic! Especially considering they're store bought. I loved the creaminess of this guacamole, and the flavors are spot on. I particularly loved the Spicy variety, as it packs a bit of a punch! The nachos I made using the Classic variety were restaurant quality, and really hit the spot. Even the sad little hot dog I made as a midnight snack was satisfying with Wholly Guacamole on it! The consistency of Wholly Guacamole is very smooth, which was different for me. I usually make my guacamole slightly chunky, as I add roasted corn, minced garlic, plum tomatoes, and coarsely chopped cilantro. But although Wholly Guacamole isn't texturally the same as mine, the flavor is very, very similar! I won't say it's identical, but it is incredibly tasty and will now be my go-to-guac for everyday use.
The Wholly Queso and Wholly Salsa are also mouth-wateringly delicious, and very fresh tasting! I have made my own quesos and salsas, and these are just as good as homemade. The queso is rich and cheesy, and the salsa is simply to die for. There is a wonderful balance of flavors in the Wholly Salsa, and just the right amount of acidity that compliments the spices and crisp vegetables beautifully. These products rival any others I have tried, even in restaurants!
Sure, I will probably still make my own from time to time for special occasions, but when I have a guacamole craving I will definitely be purchasing Wholly Guacamole. Yes, it's THAT good. If you have not tried Wholly products in fear that they wouldn't measure up to homemade guac, I challenge you to give it a try...Walk...No, RUN to your nearest grocer and pick up some of these products. You will be pleasantly surprised! I sure was!
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