I Tried Every Vegan Cheese I Could Find Until I Threw Up

I Tried Every Vegan Cheese I Could Find Until I Threw Up

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Why The Fuck Do They Call It Cheese Anyway?

So, my fiancé and I decided we wanted to compare and contrast every non-dairy cheese we could get our hands on. We wanted to see how the tastes varied, how the prices compared, what the hell they put in this product, and if they should even be called cheese.

We started with a little Googling to see what was available in Toronto then visited four different natural food shops and even found a few at Loblaws.

We found some multinational brands, we found some that were Canadian, and a few others that were local artisanal brands.

Here is what we’ve concluded.

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Field Roast’s Chao

Price / Size - $7.89

Taste - Similar in texture to swiss cheese. When you chew it, there is the sensation of cheese but it definitely could use some flavour added to it. Ingredients are filtered water, coconut oil, modified corn and potato starch, fermented chao tofu, sea salt, natural vegan flavor, olive extract and beta carotene

Use - This would be best on a sandwich or a plant-based burger.

Overall rating - 7/10

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Miyokos - Sundried tomato and garlic

Price / Size - $13.50 / 190 grams

Taste - Super creamy, nice texture but it doesn’t taste like cheese, which is ok and reminds me, why do we call non-dariy cheese, cheese. This was very tasty and the one we bought was sundried tomato garlic and you can taste all of these flavours, especally the garlic. We loved this one.

Use - This would be best as a spread for crackers or adding it to a wrap.

Overall rating - Runner up 9/10

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Nuts for Cheese - Smokey artichoke and herb

Price / Size - $11.70 / 120 grams

Taste - I love this cheese! It tastes like a real cream cheese spread. The smokey artichoke and herb flavour we tried was outstanding. It's marbled with a pumpkin seed and artichoke pesto.

Use - This would be best as a spread for crackers or adding it to a wrap.

Overall rating - Winner 10/10

I’d say this cheese takes the cake for the most nutritional ingredients. All whole foods, no preservatives, and again, no soy!

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Culchered - Sundried tomato and olive oil

Price - $12

Taste - This cheese had a lot of flavour. It tasted exactly like the flavour it was, sundried, tomato, and olive. It even has chunks of sundried tomato in it. Well done.

Use - This would be best as a spread for crackers or adding it to a wrap.

Overall rating - 8/10

Very few ingredients and the are all healthy and organic.

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Yoso- Natural/ Plain

Price - $9

Taste - This spread was not my favourite as it doesn’t really have much of a taste. I wish I had bought the garlic flavour because the plain was lacking any taste. It also was not very creamy so it didn't really have that cream cheese texture which it is trying to emulate.

Use - This would be best as a spread for crackers or on a bagel.

Overall rating - 3/10

This cheese is soy-free

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Stokes Cheese - Sharp cheddar

Price / Size - $14 / 240 grams

Taste - Stokes have done a great job but this sharp cheddar needs to be a little bit more, well, sharp. Stokes has seven other flavours and I hear the feta crumble is quite fantastic. I’m not a huge fan of canola oil for many reasons so I would recommend that they replace this oil with a healthier one.

Use - This would be best on a spread for crackers.

Overall rating - 7/10

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BooBooMoo Nut Cheese Company - Brie

Price - $11

Taste - This cheese does not even come close to having the texture of brie cheese, so I’m not sure why they called it brie. Overall, it was really lacking in flavour. There was no excitement in consuming this product. It didn’t taste bad, it just didn’t really, taste like anything.

Use - This would be best as a spread for crackers or used melted on top of vegetables

Overall rating - 3/10

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All of the cheeses range between 110-130 calories, 9-12 grams of fat, and 3 grams of protein per 28-30 grams.

There are SO many cheese alternatives out there! Give them a shot and see which ones you like the best. There are new flavours from existing brands launching every few months and a few times a year we see a new entrant into the dairy-free cheese business, so keep your eyes open. We would love to hear your feedback!

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