Think of your favorite meal. Now think of the style and context in which you enjoy it most. If you’re being honest – or at the very least, if you’re like most Americans – it probably involves some kind of cheese. The question non-vegans have often brought to the table is: “I want to go vegan, but I don’t want to give up cheese. What do I do?”
This food product seems to be ubiquitous throughout the United States, and in many places throughout the world. It’s creamy, chewy, gooey and loaded with flavor – often the type of texture and sensory experience we all crave at one point or another. Fortunately, there’s almost no industry rising faster than that of vegan analog products, especially with cheese. Here are four of the best vegan cheeses currently dominating the market.
1. Treeline Cheese
This relative newcomer to the vegan cheese stage has been blowing consumers away ever since their first product hit shelves (or live demos). They offer both hard cheeses and soft cheeses, both in flavors that are admittedly difficult to resist. Perhaps their best soft cheese is the herb-garlic cashew cheese – the perfect compliment for crackers, chips and other hors d’oeuvres.
2. Daiya Slices
While this brand is not exactly a newcomer to grocery stores and restaurants, Daiya has been serving up surprisingly tasty and texture-accurate vegan cheese with aplomb. Best known for how well their cheese melts in comparison to traditional cheese, Daiya has now manufactured an empire of dairy-free offerings for the public.
One of their latest recipes and formats is that of their single slices; in provolone, Swiss and cheddar. Trying these out on your favorite veggie burger, sandwich or even by themselves will yield nothing short of amazement and satisfaction.
3. Follow Your Heart’s Gourmet Cream Cheese
Once you try Follow Your Heart’s ridiculously accurate cream cheese, you’ll never want to leave the world of vegan cheeses. Carefully crafted and structured to have the exact same thick, rich texture, this spread is the exact replacement you’ve been looking for with your morning bagel.
Beyond this, the subtle tang and distinct dairy taste is there, but without any dairy ingredients, much less the cruelty otherwise involved to accomplish it. It’s only a matter of time before breakfast retailers across the U.S. and throughout the world are offering these products!
4. Teese’s Nacho Cheese Sauce
If you frequent sports events, love nachos or are simply a cheese fanatic, look no further than Chicago Vegan Foods’ Teese line. This heat-and-serve container of nacho cheese is precisely what you need for the big game, the weekend party coming up or simply a moment of solo indulgence.
Which one of these vegan cheeses do you love?