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.
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