*THE* Vegan Cheese Report

January 6th, 2011 - filed under: Furthermore » Reviews

Behold, your comprehensive guide to cruelty-free queso! I’ve seriously been working on this post for almost 2 years. I’ve been chipping away at this post for so long in fact, that one of the products we reviewed was actually reformulated, and we had to go back and re-review the new version!

Part of the reason it took me so long is I just don’t eat that much processed food. My readers know that I’ve always advocated whole plant foods as the base of a mindful diet. That said, an occasional omni-sub isn’t going to kill you. They can be fun and make food more familiar; the power of nostalgia is not to be underestimated.

So with that in mind, I present The Bonzai Guide To Vegan Cheese! I’ve stuck to the most widely available and ‘top of the line’ choices, but let me know if you think I missed something important. Also, my apologies for the less-than-stellar photo quality. But I figured sub-par pics were better than none at all. So here we go!

1 – Cheezly

Pineapple pizza made with ‘Mature White Cheddar’ Cheezly.

Notes: Cheezly is packaged in a little round, an adorable wee cheese wheel. It smells okay, not off-putting. Sampled cold it has a sort of grainy, chalky texture. I wouldn’t choose to eat it on crackers or anything. It crumbles well. It melts a bit but goes from melty to crispy real real fast. It’s not very mooshy and definitely not stretchy. As a cooked ingredient, the texture is off but the flavor is definitely decent. Soy-based.

There are lots of Cheezly flavors, including Mature Cheddar, Edam, Garlic & Herb, Gouda, Nacho, Mature White Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Added Bacon.

2 – Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet

Professional pie with Mozzarella, photo courtesy of The Stumptown Vegans.

Notes: Old(er) school, the original ‘game changer’. So what if the younger ones have more tricks (stretch) and schticks (clever names). Vegan Gourmet was the first real contender, way back in the day. It brought hope and for that it will always get mad respect.

Vegan Gourmet comes in a block thats a bit greasy, and oddly almost odorless. There’s a nice salty flavor but a somewhat strange, almost ‘squeaky’ texture. Eaten cold it’s palatable, it does the job on a sammie though it’s nothing to rave about. When heated it takes a while to melt. It tends to be fickle and unpredictable, but usually demands high heat. As a meal component the texture isn’t spot-on, but the flavor is really nice. Soy-based.

There are multiple flavors including Cheddar, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack (the best!) and Nacho.

3 – Sheese

Barbecue tofu pizza with ‘Medium Cheddar Style’.

Sheese also comes in a little wheel. There are pretty good flavor options, though the ones we sampled did not taste like they promised. Eaten cold it’s a powdery, chalky texture. It also tastes very strongly of citrus . . . with a bad aftertaste. I wouldn’t recommend this one plain.

It doesn’t smell great and it’s too crumbly. It barely melts at all, but instead it gets really crispy really fast. There’s no smoosh and no stretch, but there *is* a really strong flavor that overpowers whatever you put with it (we tried pizza and also burritos). Finally we gave up trying, and the rest went to the dogs. Soy-based. Gluten-free.

Sheese is available in a super wide assortment of flavors, like Strong Cheddar, Medium Cheddar, Cheddar With Chives, Smoked Cheddar, Blue, Cheshire, Edam, Gouda, and Mozzarella.

4 – Tofutti

Vegan “Egg McMuffin” with American Soy Cheese Slices.

Grilled cheese sammie with American Soy Cheese Slices.

These are just like Kraft singles! But, is that a good thing? You tell me.

To be honest they’re pretty nasty on their own, eaten cold. They’re oily and filmy and . . . just blech. But then again, so is all American cheese right? We tried these in a deli sandwich but would not recommend that you do the same. However, when heated, they are pretty awesome. They don’t get super melty/squishy, but flavor-wise they’re a dead ringer for that crap orange cheese we grew up on! Soy-based.

Tofutti slices come in 2 flavors: American and Mozzarella.

5 – Wayfare’s “We Can’t Say It’s Cheese”

Amazing quesadilla featuring the Mexi Cheddar-Style Dip.

Nachos using the Cheddar-Style Dip, also with the “We Can’t Say It’s Sour Cream”.

Mini crackers with the Hickory-Smoked Cheddar-Style Spread, so good!

This is the only ‘tub cheese’ we reviewed, but it definitely deserves mention. Of everything we’ve sampled this is the only one that comes with an enthusiastic “YES” when eaten cold. Spread on toast or a sandwich, or best of all as a party dip. I shared some crackers and the Hickory-Smoked Spread with a group of vegans, and they collectively said “Om nom nom *crunch crunch* nom nom nom.” That’s vegan-ese for two-thumbs-up!

It’s also quite tasty heated. The texture is nice and creamy and the flavor is good, though definitely closer to a processed ‘nacho-style’ cheese than to a natural cheese flavor. There is one HUGE drawback here though. Each time Damian and I had it with dinner, we would become severely dehydrated. Like, I got all flushed and parched! We just couldn’t get enough water in, and after a while that gets pretty uncomfortable. So bummer, if you’re sodium-sensitive this may not be the one for you. But otherwise this stuff is delicious. Also, it’s oatmeal-based! And gluten-free.

Wayfare makes 4 flavors/styles: Cheddar-Style Spread, Hickory-Smoked Cheddar-Style Spread, Cheddar-Style Dip, and the Mexi Cheddar-Style Dip.

*** I was given this product for review ***

6 – Teese

Broccoli mac n cheese with the Creamy Cheddar Vegan Sauce.

Pesto and root veggie pizza with Mozzarella.

Nachos featuring – surprise surprise – the Nacho Vegan Sauce.

Grilled cheese and avocado using the straight up cheddar.

Teese was the ‘next big thing’ after Vegan Gourmet. It promised a cheese that melted and stretched, and it delivered . . . at least on the melt. Oh yeah, and it definitely delivers the flavor. It comes in a funny tube, and the texture is that same oily/squeaky vegan cheese anomaly. Cold Teese seems especially plastic-y. It smells like fake cheese (but not in a bad way) and it cuts really smoothly (not like real cheese, but again not in a bad way). Eaten plain it’s a bit much, and I don’t think this is a good cold sammie contender.

Teese melts very well, and ends up smelling and tasting great. The sauces are rich and creamy while the harder cheeses hold up their integrity against heat (a complaint of the previous recipe was that they liquified). Overall this is great stuff, near the very top. Soy-based but organic and non-GMO. Gluten-free.

There are 4 flavors/styles: Mozzarella Vegan Cheese, Cheddar Vegan Cheese, Creamy Cheddar Vegan Sauce, Nacho Vegan Sauce

*** I was given this product for review ***

7 – Daiya

Cheddar Shreds, before they switched to real packaging, back when Food Fight! used to buy it in bulk bags and dole it out for us, because they are the awesome!

The bestest black bean and quinoa enchiladas ever, with Cheddar Style Shreds.

Grilled Cheddar Style Shreds with avocado and tomato, mind blowing goodness!

Daiya hit the scene last year and people were all “WTF OMG NO WAY!” And you know what? It lives up to the hype! Well, at least the cheddar does. The mozzarella is great and all, but not the best mozz available. But the cheddar? Come on! It melts perfectly, it stretches, and best of all it has that *mouthfeel* – that ooey gooey globby goodness – of real meltd cheese. Yeah, I’m definitely a Daiya fan.

But that’s heated. Cold? Not so much. It only comes shredded, for one thing. And it’s got a bit of that powdery/chalky deal. So serve it hot and enjoy the next evolution of vegan cheese! Tapioca/arrowroot-based. Soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free.


So what do you guys think? Do you agree with my assessment? What’s your favorite vegan cheese??

  • http://www.twitter.com/jbuesch Jacquelyn

    YAY! So glad you did this. I’ve been wanting to try the Teese but haven’t yet. We tried Follow Your Heart and…. yuck. That smell?! Ick. We’ve only had Daiya at Chili Pie Palace and ohmygosh I could NOT believe it wasn’t real cheese (this was back when we were vegetarian and ate TONS of cheese. Oye.) Those are the only ones I’ve tried but you are spot on with your review. Between the price tag (ooof!) and the strange smells/textures of most vegan cheeses, it is very easy for it to be just a “treat”- as it should be :)

  • http://www.windycityvegan.wordpress.com Monika {windycityvegan}

    Oh, I only have a minute to comment here, but I wanted to say that of the vegan cheeses you reviewed, I really like Teese and Wayfare products. I liked Daiya for a little while but it has a weird aftertaste that, once I picked up on it, I can’t get away from. (Maybe from the tapioca?) I do agree that it’s much better melted than cold.

    I wish you’d had a chance to review Dr. Cow. They have some amazing aged nut cheeses, the best I’ve tasted!

    This is a great comprehensive review of the vegan cheeses on the market right now – thank you for taking the time to taste test all of these (especially the ones that aren’t that good. Blech.)

  • http://www.getsconedpdx.com jess

    Very awesome report!!

    I’m a teese fan, and even moreso with the newer formula, and FYH holds a special place in my heart. I think Cheezly has the best, aged flavor of the them all, but I can never find it anymore – I think Food Fight! may have stopped carrying it – at least they’ve been out the last couple times I’ve checked.

    I’ve been warming up to Daiya in recent months, because it does melt like no other, but there’s still something disgusting about the taste and texture that fights through, for me. Oy.

  • http://www.countryfried.wordpress.com Charley

    So good thanks for this, I think some of those aren’t available over here but I agree with the ones that are. I found ‘Sheese’ fairly vile, kind of smells, tastes and has the consistency of modeling clay but it did work in lasagna I made and a quiche but I had to use the smoked flavour.

  • http://leighsal.blogspot.com Leigh

    I’m in love with the Wayfare’s Hickory Spread in a way that’s almost unholy. I put it on everything, especially grilled cheese sammichs!

    FYI, the status of Cheezly is that they no longer offer distribution in the U.S. Sad, as I kinda like their cheddar.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    Firstly, after finishing this all up while Waits napped on me for an extra long time, now I’m STARVING and totally craving cheese!

    @ Jacquelyn – Yes, so true on the price! It makes it hard to want to take the risk. But like you said, maybe it’s a good thing to keep us from eating too much of the good stuff! I can imagine eating waaaay too much Daiya, muahaha . . .

    @ Monika – I do know the aftertaste you mean, though it doesn’t bother me as much. I’m DYING to try Dr Cow but we don’t have it out west. I was hoping to order some for my upcoming 30th birthday party (January 22) but we’ll see if I get my act together in time. I’ve heard such great things and it seemed like the perfect choice for a fancy table spread. =)

    @ Jess – Thanks! I just re-listened to your cheese podcast! I understand your Daiya suspicion, I just can’t help but love them. However, I’m dying to know why Webly is so anti-baking soda!

    @ Charley – Where are you located? Unfortunately this is definitely a US-centric report. Sorry!

    @ Leigh – Interesting abut Cheezly, thanks for the heads up. I adore the Wayfare spreads too, especially the Hickory flavor. But do you find them to be exceptionally dehydrating?? I’m a salt fiend so I was surprised byt their affect on me!

  • http://somesortofnonsense.blogspot.com Lindsay

    Thank you for posting this! I am new to the area of dairy free eating. My 4.5 month old started showing signs of dairy intolerance/sensitivity, so I have cut all dairy out of my diet (I breastfeed). not only does she feel a lot better, but I do too! In the 4 months I have been dairy free i have learned two things; a)there are dairy/milk ingredients in everything! and b) dairy free “cheese” is a cruel, cruel joke. But your post has given me hope that there is a “cheese” product out there that will satisfy my grilled cheese/pizza cravings.

  • http://www.windycityvegan.wordpress.com Monika {windycityvegan}

    The only place I’ve ever seen Dr. Cow is at Karyn’s Raw in Chicago. I didn’t buy any to bring home because we didn’t plan on checking our bags and I didn’t want it to get confiscated! We ended up checking our bags after all because N got so much stuff on our visit and I’m *still* kicking myself.

  • http://ahimsablog.wordpress.com Karmalily

    A local pizza place in Asheville uses Cheezly on their pizzas, and it’s delicious and stretchy. Even my vegetarian boyfriend enjoys it. I usually use Daiya for cooking just because I can walk to a Whole Foods that stocks it. My favorite vegan cheese though is the Hickory smoked We Can’t Say It’s Cheese. It’s perfect! Last time I got some I ate the whole tub in one sitting!

  • http://catnip13.blogspot.com/ Catnip

    The only one that I feel is worth my time is Daiya. The biggest trick with it, I’ve found, is to use it REALLY sparingly. To give an idea of how I mean, I used about 3 ounces of cheese in a quesadilla when I ate dairy. With Daiya, you want 1 ounce, no more. 8 ounces of Daiya is more than adequate for a 14 inch pizza, which would need a pound of dairy cheese.

  • http://plants-vs-vegans.blogspot.com/ Eva

    The only vegan cheese that I can stand is Vegusto No-Muh. It comes from Switzerland (do I need to say more?), and I do not know if it is available overseas. I guess not. But if you ever come to Europe, try it! They even make fondue O.o

  • Angela

    I would looove your recipe for those enchiladas, please!
    I live in a smaller city and have only had the opportunity to try Teese, FYH, and Daiya. They are all ok, but nothing special, imo. Also, the last time I had Daiya on pizza I had weird stomach cramping issues, so I’m wary of eating it again. I’m kind of glad I don’t care for faux cheeses because they are pretty pricey on a student budget and not that healthy in the first place. But I agree, fun to try once in a while!

  • http://www.veganfoodrocks.blogspot.com VeganFoodRocks

    Thanks for posting this! There are a few I haven’t tried yet and was wondering about them!

  • Rea

    Daiya cheese owns my soul <3.

  • Sandra

    THANK YOU so much for posting this! I’ve tried a few brands I couldn’t stand, and I gave up. I am guilty of using your cheese sauce in your mac & cheese recipe on everything though. It’s fantastic!

  • http://www.iamthelizardqueen.deviantart.com Miss Curiosity

    I see what you did with the Cheezly there. Or maybe I just think it looks like an intentional Pac Man because I’m a nerd. XD

    I like Daiya, but mainly because it’s soy free. Not to say it isn’t delicious. I liked the Lisanatti Almond Cheddar* the one time I tried it, but it is definitely *NOT vegan. I dunno why you would bother to make an alt cheese with casein as the second ingredient. So lame.

  • Richard

    Vegan cheese has been basically the same dissapointment time after time, first it was the Cheezly which my brain just failed to recognise as food and designated petrol in my mouth.
    Sheese and Toffuti were my next trys about a year later, although better the solid sheese just tasted bad as did the cream toffuti although i could manage the toffuti slices on pizza. seems like all the good ones are uk only, do you get http://www.redwoodfoods.co.uk/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_images.tpl&product_id=53&category_id=2&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=29 these in the US I only really buy processed stuff at christmas to get me through, but these are really good and soy free,but are incredibly heavy even for a heavy eater like myself.

  • Stephanie

    OK,I think this report is great. I hate to state the obvious, but the names of these are so “cheesy”!

  • http://easierthanyouthink.wordpress.com Ginger Baker

    I second the Dr. Cow recommendation. You’ll definitely need a store with a strong raw presence to find it though. But it is AMAZING!!!

  • http://mutualmenu.blogspot.com Joselle

    I thought Sheese was just straight up nasty. I think I just ended up throwing it out. So, yeah, to the dogs!

    I love Daiya cheddar grilled cheese sandwiches. Honestly, that’s all Daiya is good for. The Mozzerella is alright. There’s a new vegan pizzeria in Philly that’s all about Daiya but it just doesn’t do it for me. I prefer their noncheese, all-potato pizza. Mamma mia, that’s delicious!

    I mostly live without cheese as a vegan. I think you have to be years away from the dairy stuff to truly enjoy it. I mean, truly love it. You can tolerate it–I do–but I don’t LOVE the stuff. The best cheesiness, however, as a vegan is nooch. I never would have eaten that had I not gone vegan and it is fairy dust! I put that on anything I can get my hands on and love it, love it, love it. Who needs parmesan flakes on pasta when you’ve got nooch. MMmmmhhh! I love me some nutritional yeast!

  • http://missemmamm.com Mary

    These look awesome. I wish I could find vegan cheese around here. It’s the one thing that’s keeping me vegetarian instead because I have to have cheese. The only 1s I can find around here are the spaghetti shaker stuff & cream cheese, neither of which I would eat much anyway. All of the ones marked vegan here actually contain casein. Small towns suck. lol

  • Sarah

    @Lindsay: That’s why I originally gave up dairy too (back in 2008!) Now, if you told me I’d still be dairy free 2.5 years later, I might have cried, but I only rarely miss it anymore. I do miss eating out-even vegan restaurants often have dairy contamination enough for it to affect my son :( But, it’s been great for us to eat almost entirely at home!

    Oh, and be wary of vegan chocolate. Kraft has the only major kosher chocolate place in the US (so cheap baker’s choc is fine…) so unless you know that the manufacturers are certified vegan, you may be getting dairy contaminants :( It took us months (and a lab fried who tested chocolate!) to figure that one out! Our son was definitely affected too.

    I’ve tried the tofutti cream cheese alt, but it sits like a brick in my gut. Maybe it’s the trans fats? Nasty stuff *shudder* A local pizza place does soy cheese, but I found that it doesn’t really do much besides add weird texture and extra cost.

    My pet peeve with alt cheeses in general is that there is a whole category of veggie cheese products that contain whey! No me digas whey! :P They don’t advertise as vegan, but it’s definitely aimed in that direction with ‘veggie’ in the title! It’s not just one brand either!

  • http://www.MooreVintageStuff.etsy.com Robin

    The vegan cheese I can’t live without, I order 4 jars at a time lol! “Nacho Mom’s Ultimate Vegan Queso”, I get it here… http://www.veganstore.com/index.html?stocknumber=569V
    It is great with tortilla chips and the best in bean burritos!

  • http://teanytinystar.livejournal.com/ TeanyTinyStar

    I may not be vegan but these cheese’s look awesome! I cant wait to try a few :) Im gonna see if I can fool my boyfriend :)

  • Kelly H.

    The last challenge for me becoming vegan oh-so-many years ago was my love of cheese and I’ve encountered many a would-be vegan since that has the same challenge, so this post is great! Made especially awesome with the pics.

    I think I “mostly” agree with you. Follow Your Heart was definitely ahead of the pack, so I will always be somewhat fond of them (plus, helloooo…veganaise!!). The Nacho Cheese flavor works wonders as a cheese dip. I think the best alternative out there in terms of taste and texture and similarity to the real deal is tofutti cream cheese. Thankfully, there is a version without the awful hydrogenated oils but, sadly, it’s not “quite” as good. Daiya is very strange to me but when I hide it in a bunch of sauce or veggies or…something…I can tolerate it. I do appreciate the stretchiness. I’ll have to give Wayfare another shake. I didn’t like it on first try. As for teese…YUM for macaroni! And the guys at the Portland Vegfest were cool. :o)

    Have you made your own cashew cheese Say? I’ve made a few from “The Un-cheese cookbook” and I think they’re yummy. Much, much healthier too!

  • http://vegantasticness.blogspot.com Felicity

    Daiya is pretty much the only store-bought vegan cheese I will eat (but I do love it!!!) You should do an article on common homemade cheeses! Things like tofu spread, cashew cheese and nutritional yeast!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    Love all the feedback here – it’s great to hear what everybody’s favorites are! I also REALLY love hearing about vegan cheeses outside of the US. For our international readers, I’d love it if you chimed in with your favorites – links welcome!

    Also, Miss Curiosity and Sarah bring up great points – make sure your alt cheeses are actually vegan!!! Many contain casein or whey, which is just so so ridiculous. Haha, there’s your Bonzai PSA of the day. =)

    @ Angela – Enchilada sauce here and I just layer tortillas with fillings-of-choice, lasagna style (as opposed to rolling individually filled tortillas)

    @ Sandra – Yay, that’s awesome! =D

    @ Joselle – Totally agre, I have so much love for nooch it’s out of control and my peepee (*ahem* tmi?) is pretty much constantly neon yellow from the excess B vitamins, ha!

    @ Mary – You should look into making your own!

    @ Robin – I need to try that stuff! Maybe I’ll do a “vegan NACHO cheese report” next.

    @ Kelly H. – I need to do more cashew cheese exploration, especially with fermented varieties. I’ve got the Uncheese Cookbook on my list – so hopefully soon!

    @ Felicity – That’s a great idea! *off to begin research* muahaha . . .

  • tab

    I have yet to try the others, but as someone new to being Vegan (and a cheese lover), while I enjoy Daiya on pizza, I can say I LOVED the chedder on grilled cheese. I was shocked at how great the sandwich ended up. I think the combination of being between the bread slices (moisture retention, maybe?) and heat made the transformation perfect.

    I’m sure as time goes, and I *forget* the real taste of cheese, it will matter less, but boy oh boy? It made a super sandwich.

    Thanks for this list!

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  • mish

    I tried Follow Your Heart a year ago, and it was okay for someone who just lost cheese. I only used cheese in mexican style food so I subbed avocado instead. Then I tried Daiya. That stuff is amazing but I only like it in small amounts and I love that it can be frozen (it will get moldy if not used quickly). I try not to use a lot of vegan “cheeze” since it’s essentially over processed fat. I also have an awesome recipe for a cashew & nooch based cheese sauce that is out of this world as mac-n-cheese, nacho, and even alfredo sauce, depending on how I spice it. Google it, it’s called “hurry up alfredo” from VeganYumYum

  • Emily

    Hey, loved the list. In fact, I used it in the Ingredient Critic blog post in the comment above. http://ingredientcritic.com/vegan-recipe-substitutions-doing-away-with-dairy

  • crystine

    Best vegan cheese is Dr. Cow hands down awesome.
    Spendy but so worth it. Yum. Wish I lived in NYC!

  • Lauren

    I think Sheese is a great one for crackers. To me, I am less out for melty stuff and really all about the cracker hor d’oevres. Crumbly works here: it’s firm and somewhat dry, like my ol’ fave dairy cheeses.

  • Truly Scrumptious

    Heyyyyy, I love Sheese! It’s the only one I’d eat straight/cold/on crackers/on cold sandwiches. I cannot imagine how you felt chalky or powdery – if anything “gumminess” comes to mind. Other haters have said it’s like eating PlayDoh. Personally, I don’t put big chunks in my mouth so the gumminess is not so apparent. I also like the flavor.
    But then, I liked the flavor of Cheezly, and I hate the chemically taste of all Tofutti products, and can only take Daiya in small doses (and Teese not at all – gross!).
    Aaaand, that’s why there are so many options!

  • Arden

    As a half-assed vegan wannabe, I am glad I came across this. I will def. give the ones you rec. a try – thanks!

  • http://www.twitter.com/shargorgiiss Shar Gorgiiss

    The Amish Market in New York City also has soy-based Gouda and Blue cheeses. I was so excited to have Gouda again, I just bought that one. It’s fine on its own and kind of melts in a grilled cheese sandwich. I think Daiya is okaaaaaay, Tofutti and FYH are fun melted, Teese is delish hot, and Galaxy International rice vegan is better than Daiya and also cheaper.

  • devika

    I loved this post–very informative!!!! But I was sad to see that my fav vegan cheese didn’t make the list. How do you feel abt Galaxy vegan rice cheeses?

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    Hello! So much traffic over here, did this post get linked somewhere? =D

    Can you believe I haven’t tried Galaxy Rice? I’m going to do another round-up of new options this fall, and I’ll update the list!

  • devika

    Yes! You were posted on GirlieGirl Army (july 19, 2011), and showcased as a comprehensive guide to vegan cheese! I am one of your followers now…and totally try Galaxy (their rice pepper jack slices are my fav)!!

  • Arden

    You inspired me to try vegan cheese – I bought some at Trader Joe’s – it’s a three-cheese blend, shredded. It’s great! My cat loves cheese, and she could not tell it wasn’t “real” cheese. I do have one suggestion for you – if you have the time/can be bothered with this list (or any future list) if you could rank them in order of your pref., or give them a star rating, that would help people like me… thanks again for this list and inspiration!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    @ Arden – I’m so glad you liked the report, and the ranking is a great idea. I’ll do that for sure when I revise next fall.

    Now, unfortunately, I have to be the bearer of bad news. The Trader Joe’s shredded blend is not vegan! It contains casein, which is milk protein. SO STUPID, I know, but they make those “non-dairy” cheeses for people who are lactose intolerant, not for vegans, so they add the casein because it makes the product melty/stretchy. Sorry!

  • Arden

    Ohhhh noooo! Well, knowledge is power, so thanks for telling me. Bummer tho’! I was so excited to find what I thought was vegan cheese that was yummy and affordable. As I mentioned earlier, I am a vegan wannabe. As in, I would like to be one, but have not been able to fully commit for a bunch of reasons (laziness being #1 – not gonna lie!) Well, I will try one of your VEGAN approved cheeses next time and hope it’s cat-approved. :)

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    @ Arden – I know right?! Such a bummer, and hey I only know because I did the same when I first went vegan! But don’t feel bad, it sounds like you are making huge steps and that’s what’s important, even if you’re not 100% (yet!) =D

  • Arden

    Thanks Bonzai Aphrodite – if we were on FB, I would “like” your comment to me. :) Progress, not perfection as my AA friends say… I figure even if I am only a 90% vegan, it’s better than nothing!

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    “Progress not perfection” is a spectacular mantra.

  • http://www.bonzaiaphrodite.com Jen

    So excited to try Teese and Wayfare’s! I live in Southern California and believe it or not it’s a vegan cheese wasteland. I can only ever find Follow Your Heart (ugh!) and Daiya (DOUBLE Ugh!) I thought Daiya was the answer to my vegan cheese prayers, but I find it to be the most vile thing ever. I realize I am pretty much alone in that opinion, though. I have yet to find a vegan who thinks it’s putrid. Thanks so much for your reviews and gorgeous photos!

  • http://windycityvegan.wordpress.com Monika {windycityvegan}

    @Jen: You are not alone in your dislike of Daiya cheese! I agree that it’s vile. Totally gross! Daiya is the devil, to sum up my feelings for that particular dairy analog.

    If you ever find some Dr. Cow, your life will be changed forever. Yes, it’s *that* good.

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com Sayward

    I think Daiya is not as universally-loved as people think. I know a LOT of vegans who think it’s vile! It’s like, either you adore it, or you think it’s wretched, haha. Nobody’s ambivalent on the Daiya issue. =)

  • Karen

    Just wondering about the nutritional value of these cheeses. I love Daiya but it doesn’t seem to have any nutritional value at all. I guess it’s not bad nutritionally but it also doesn’t have any protein, calcium, etc, correct?

  • http://bonzaiaphrodite.com/ Sayward Rebhal

    Yeah, these are for novelty and flavor, definitely not for nutrition.