Why Everyone's Talking About Costco's Edible Brownie Batter

As if we needed another irresistible item from Costco, now they have edible brownie batter. Costco just started carrying the Edible Brownie Batter at its Midwest locations, no doubt sampling the sweet treat while customers walk the aisles. According to a recent Instagram post from @costcobuys: "Edible Brownie Batter? Yes please! This amazing @delightedbydesserts Edible Brownie Batter is now available in Midwest Costco locations! This edible brownie batter dessert spread is vegan & gluten-free and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. With fruit, crackers, pretzels, or my personal favorite — a spoon!"

The Edible Brownie Batter is made by a company called Delighted by Desserts. The company's products are vegan and gluten-free since they're chickpea-based, according to the company.

What's inside the Edible Brownie Batter available at Costco?

Diving deeper, we found through the company's FAQ page that the products are referred to as the "Original Dessert Hummus," and, since they're made with plant-based ingredients, they're also free of eggs, nuts, dairy, and soy. Now that we know what's not in it, what is in Edible Brownie Batter?

For starters, in addition to the Edible Brownie Batter flavor, Delighted by Desserts offers six more varieties of dips and spreads (Pumpkin Pie and Red Velvet are seasonal). And, according to Delish, Costco carried the Pumpkin Pie variety last October. The Edible Brownie Batter, which is now available in Midwest locations of Costco, contains chickpeas, water, organic turbinado sugar, coconut oil, unsweetened cocoa powder, rice milk powder, pure vanilla extract, cultured dextrose (all-natural digestive enzymes), sea salt, and nisin (non-dairy based), according to Delighted by Desserts.

How does dessert hummus compare to savory hummus?

According to the company, a two-tablespoon serving of this delightful batter contains just 60 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 15 grams of sodium, 5 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein, and 1 gram of fiber. Not bad if you're slathering it on fruit or eating it with a spoon. 

Okay, but is brownie batter hummus actually good for you? We wouldn't go that far, but it's not necessarily bad for you either. Maggie Michalczyk, R.D. told Women's Health that dessert hummus has about the same calories as your standard issue savory hummus, but does pack that sugary punch. Thankfully, there are just eight servings in a tub, so if you accidentally polish off the whole container while dreaming of real brownies, you'll only set yourself back 480 calories (and, er, 40 grams of sugar).