My mother adored halvah and as a kid it was pushed on me so much that when I can taste tahini in sauces, hummus or babganoush I have to stop eating something I'd otherwise be enjoying. I've experimented with tahini by reducing it in recipes, mixing it better into the other ingredients etc. but still it has that the halvah taste to me. Is there a brand out there that doesn't taste like halvah? I love sesame oil, toasted sesame, sesame bagels, but not halvah. I have quite a few Middle Eastern cookbooks and tahini pops up now and again. I have used other nut butters a substitute in the past so please no suggestions for what I can use instead.