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Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese – Non-Hydrogenated

Posted on by Alisa Fleming in Alternatives - Cheese with 1 Comment
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This really does taste like cream cheese!  The texture is unbelievably perfect:  soft, rich, and 100% creamy.  Though it has been a while since I have had traditional dairy cream cheese, I would venture to say that the taste of Tofutti is close to identical.  If anything, it may be a touch less sharp than cream cheese made from cow’s milk.

As an initial test, I prepared carrot cupcakes with “cream cheese” frosting made of Tofutti, Earth Balance Buttery Sticks, powdered sugar, and real vanilla.  I took them to a small dinner party of dairy consumers.  Everyone loved them, and not a single person could tell the difference. 

Today I trialed it as a bagel spread, topped with capers and wild smoked salmon.  I was more than pleased.  The Americanized bagel and lox combo is back on my lunchtime menu.   

The next test will be cheesecake.  I have heard rave reviews from many people on Tofutti based cheesecakes, so I am presumptuously anticipating success.  Luckily, I have the cookbook, Amazing Dairy-Free Desserts on hand.  The author explains how to best use Tofutti (apparently there is a trick or two) and offers six different “cheezecake” recipes.  Dairy-free Toffee Pecan Cheesecake anyone? 

When you purchase Tofutti, be sure to pick up the Better Than Cream Cheese in the yellow tub.  This one is free of hydrogenated oils.  I have heard rumor that Tofutti is phasing out their cream cheeses with partially hydrogenated oils, but I still see them on every grocer’s shelf in my local area.

  • Pros:  Vegan; Kosher certified; Gluten-free; Widely available; Excellent taste and texture; Versatile
  • Cons:  It does contain some thickeners which are corn-derived, such as maltodextrin

Recommended for:

  • A Straight-Up Cream Cheese Substitute
  • Spreading on Bagels
  • Dairy-Free Cheesecakes and Cream Cheese Frosting

Where to Buy:

  • Online – If you just can’t find this stuff in stores, it is available to order from Amazon
  • In Store – Tofutti is a regular in natural food grocers, and lately, it has debuted in some of the new “natural food” aisles at other local grocery stores
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About Alisa Fleming

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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One Comment

  1. james williamsAugust 10, 2012 at 7:50 amReply

    really needed this thank you

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