Boricua Tries It: Daiya’s Vegan Medium Cheddar Style Block

Here’s a riddle: if  something looks like cheese, is really cheese?

I have been on the hunt for really great store-bought vegan cheeses. I am a hard person to please. As someone who loves the real deal, most of the vegan stuff has falling short of wooing me.

There’s something about vegan cheese that I can’t wrap my taste buds around. I think most of them are tolerable, but I prefer them off my burgers and tacos. The only cheese I seem to enjoy are the ones from restaurants and food places like Veggie Grill. My guess is that they make their own cheeses. I have also tried to make my own, and ended up dry heaving after taking a bite of it. I am sure my cheese creation skills will improve (hopefully).

Not so long ago I tried Daiya’s Cheezy Mac, and I have to admit, I was very impressed. It was one of the only store-bought products with vegan cheese in it, that I can see myself purchasing again (and that’s saying a lot).

I went to a local grocery store near me that sells a plethora of vegan items. Like a kid a in a candy store, I decided to pick up a few meatless items to try-and-taste. With my eye I spied dairy-free, vegan cheese from Daiya. I have had their slices before, but I never tried their block. And it was a vegan cheese worth trying.

I always try to be very honest in all of my food reviews, because I think it’s important not BS anyone. So, you’re welcome.

Alright, time for my review!

Texture: When cold, the cheese cuts and slices just like a real block cheese would. If nobody told me it was vegan cheese, based on its visual, I would have thought it was real cheese. However, I was disappointed by how it melted. It melts, but not as neat or nice as how real cheese would. But it’s not a huge deal. I didn’t expect it to be perfect. I am not that unreasonable.

Shape: The cheese comes in a block, just like how any hard cheddar cheese would look like. I was actually really surprised by how real it looked.

Taste: I was kind of disappointed. It didn’t taste the way I wanted it to taste. It has the same foreign taste that vegan cheeses typically have. I would say this taste is a bit milder than the other cheese, which makes it a little more tolerable to consume. But, considering its taste, I definitely won’t be buying this product again.

Overall: Look, I am hard to please, I know. But I just wasn’t feeling the cheese. It’s OK in a burger with a lot of other spices and flavors going on, but I don’t like the cheese by itself or in a food where I cannot hide the taste with other food products. If you’re a fan of cheeses like Chao or even some of Daiya’s other cheese products, I think you’ll like this block cheese. As for myself, this cheese and I won’t be going steady.




5 thoughts on “Boricua Tries It: Daiya’s Vegan Medium Cheddar Style Block

  1. mikefleckcreator says:

    This is a shame, I still haven’t found a good vegan cheese that melts well. Ah well, the search continues! Great writeup though, do you ever feature with any other sites?


  2. Jocelyn says:

    Try Miyokos cheese. You will not regret it. It’s mostly ‘order online’ only, but you might find some at whole foods. It’s all nut based cheese, and tastes WAY better than anything else on the market!


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