CREAM CHEESE CHALLENGE!
This edition of the Cheese Post focuses on the breakfast favorite: cream cheese. I’m reviewing 4 different varieties of cream cheese and hope it informs your decisions. We have reviewed other vegan cheeses in the Cheese Post 1.1 and hope you’ll give it a look.
Follow Your Heart This cream cheese mostly had processed ingredients and about 90 calories per 2 tablespoon serving. This variety is reminiscent of just about everything else Follow Your Heart makes. That’s a good thing. This is definitely a the most accurate representation of cream cheese flavor and has a great spreadable texture. It was $4.50 for 8 ounces. I think this one is the most convincing for serving to omnivores, but I wouldn’t buy it for myself.
Galaxy Vegan cream cheese from Galaxy had 90 calories for every 2 tablespoons you put on your plate. It tasted more like unsalted butter than cream cheese. It has a little protein and some calcium but not enough to make it worth the effort or money. The texture is okay but the flavor bordered on off putting. If I wanted butter, I would buy Earth Balance. It was just over $4 for 8 ounces. I don’t think I’ll be buying it again.
Sheese This particular cream cheese had a very strong soy flavor. The ingredients were similar to the other varieties of cheese made by Sheese. It was 80 calories for 2 tablespoons and cost $6.50 for 9 ounces, making it the most expensive variety we tried and also the most difficult to find. Don’t worry, I don’t think you’re missing out.
Tofutti This particular cream cheese, “Better than Cream Cheese”, is milder in flavor than some of the others but definitely tastes like cream cheese. It’s got a good texture. The ingredients are okay; most are processed and have almost no nutritional value. It’s 60 calories per serving (2 tablespoons). It cost just under $4 for 8 ounces. This one is definitely mine and Brent’s favorite.
None of the cream cheeses offered much in terms of protein, vitamins or minerals. We liked Tofutti because it was lower in calories than the others, was a decent representation of the traditional spread and is the cheapest.
This wraps up the second edition of vegan cheese reviews. Good luck finding your favorites!
This is Christie and Brent, signing off!