Hello! Here is my second, long awaited vegan product review! Today’s topic: Vegan Cream Cheese! For all you vegan novices, vegan vetereans, and non-vegans alike, I put my taste buds on the line and tried all three vegan cream cheeses currently on the market (that I could find anyway). If you know of other V-Cream Cheese that I should try, leave a comment!
When testing and writing about vegan yogurts a few months ago I was really excited to have an excuse to search out and taste every V-Yogurt on the market. I charged into my grocery store with glee, almost certain that I would like each yogurt. However, when pondering the prospect of trying vegan cream cheeses, I was actually a little concerned that I might find some V-Cream cheese that I absolutely hated. Then I’d have a whole little tub of it that would languish in my refrigerator until I could think of some creative way to use it which might hide its intrinsic awfulness. I was already brainstorming contingency plans for gross V-Cream Cheeses (maybe baked into a cake it wouldn’t be awful?), when I purchased my first tub…
Thankfully, my fears turned out to be baseless. Fear not, potential V-Cream cheese buyers! I’m here to asuage your fears and tell you that (believe it or not) all the cream cheeses I tried were good!!!! Here’s the breakdown!
Galaxy Foods Vegan Cream Cheese Chive & Garlic
Delicious. I mean wow. It tastes like cream cheese.
I put this right on my bagel.
The “real” cream cheese taste is right on.
Light, spreadable consistency
Looks appetizing when you open the tub, swirled like real cream cheese
None that come to mind, its time that Galaxy Foods got some serious recognition.
I recommend this to anyone. Remember folks, I still remember what cream cheese is “supposed” to taste like. Galaxy Foods is the winner here.
I can’t say enough about this cream cheese. I will ABSOLUTELY buy this again and again. When I became vegan, I was really ready to just retire the idea of ever having cream cheese on a bagel ever again. It was going to be bagels with Earth Balance from here on out people. Galaxy Foods has brought cream cheese back into my life.
Come to think of it, I think I have tried all of Galaxy’s vegan products line and I have to say, they have not disappointed me once. As I write this, I am realizing what a great company this is. They don’t have a huge line of vegan products, but what they do, they do WELL. I mean, Daiya only makes shredded cheese (and now blocks) and they are practically revered. It’s time Galaxy Foods got some recognition. Seriously, if you haven’t tried their products, its time. Go out and buy the vegan cream cheese with chives. You won’t be dissapointed.
Winner Galaxy Foods: First Place All Around, Best Vegan Cream Cheese
Winner Galaxy Foods: Most Accurate Cream Cheese Taste!
Follow Your Heart Vegan Cream Cheese
Good in baking
Good in desserts
Good on a sweet bagel (like Cinnamon Raisin)
Doesn’t taste like cream cheese
Distinct sweetness which doesn’t lend itself so well to savory bagels
Recommeded for fans of “Follow Your Heart” brand, or bakers looking for a cream cheese to put in your dessert. Not recommended for first time V-Cream Cheese buyers. Not recommended for someone looking for an identical cream cheese subsititute.
My comments so far may be leading you to believe that I am going to give a bad review of Follow Your Heart, but that’s not true. I actually enjoyed the Follow Your Heart brand cream cheese just fine. It does have a distinctly sweet flavor which lends itself better to sweet bagels (and really does work great in baked goods like cream cheese brownies), however it just doesn’t quite work for me on a plain bagel or a salty chip. I just couldn’t really define this as tasting like cream cheese. There are many other Follow Your Heart products which I love, I just didn’t love their cream cheese. Seriously though, if you are looking to bake a cream cheese dessert, give the Follow Your Heart a try!!
Winner Follow Your Heart: Best Cream Cheese for Desserts
Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese Herbs & Chive
Very close cream cheese taste
Herb and chive flavor is really nice, more herb than chive, very tasty
Looks appetizing in the tub
Good right on your bagel
A little less like a cream cheese and more like an herb spread (tastes super good though)
For nearly everyone. Tofutti is such a classic vegan product and they just do a great job. I truly believe that anyone would like this. However, if you are a super stickler for cream cheese flavor and you just want a product that tastes exactly like cream cheese and you don’t care about anything else, I would recommend the Galaxy brand over Tofutti. For everyone else who just enjoys a nice V-Cream cheese or spread, try it, you’ll like it.
Tofutti brand really surpassed my expectations. After I tried the Galaxy brand, I really didn’t care if all the others tasted like crap, but I am just doubly lucky that Tofutti is so awesome. I will definitely buy Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese again. I love variety and I’m really excited to try Tofutti’s other flavors: Plain and French Onion (dip anyone?). For me, Tofutti was the most versitile of the cream cheeses, you could probably spread it on anything, as well as use it in other recipes like dips or sauces. I can’t wait to use this in other recipes… Heck, I’ve got some in my fridge right now, I can’t wait to put it on my english muffin tomorrow for breakfast!
Winner Tofutti: Most Versatile Spread
Winner Tofutti: Most Flavor Varieties