It isn’t often that a new food makes nearly everyone take pause. Yet, curiosity captured the minds of many when Daiya Cheezecake was released this year. Is it good? Does it really taste like cheesecake? How do they make it without dairy? Wait, no soy, nuts, eggs or gluten, either?
To answer the most burning question: Daiya Cheezecake isn’t good … it’s a freakin’ delicious miracle! I sampled a bite of the more traditional New York Cheezecake at Expo West earlier this year, and had to pull myself away from sampling every flavor at 10am on a Saturday morning. I was offered another hefty taste at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference in Colorado a couple of weeks ago, this time of the Strawberry, and remained seriously impressed. They had run out of the Chocolate by the time I made my way to their table … not surprising as I had heard close to a dozen raves about that flavor from other attendees at the relatively small event.
So, with dairy-free cheesecake fresh on my mind, I opted to forgo the more traditional desserts, and pick up a Daiya Cheezecake for our intimate little Thanksgiving dinner last week.
Since I had some morellos cherries begging to be made into a sauce (and I really am a “vanilla” girl), I selected the New York Daiya Cheezecake for our feast finale … though in hindsight, the Chocolate would have made for a delicious black forest combination.
Under ordinary circumstances, my pie-loving husband would have been disappointed that I hadn’t slaved over the perfect homemade crust and filling. But he was far too busy savoring every rich and creamy bite to utter a word. The Daiya Cheezecake consistency is so incredibly smooth and fulfilling with a taste that boasts a pleasant light tang and the absolute perfect sweetness. The graham crust is a relatively thick but light and scrumptious complimentary base that crumbles a touch … but in a somewhat charming bakery-fresh way.
Admittedly, each Daiya Cheezecake seems a little small when you remove it from the package, but one dessert does satisfy four who’ve saved room for dessert or six who are determined to squeeze something sweet in. The only problem is, it tastes luxurious but not overly heavy – so it would be easy to devour half of this dense treat in one sitting if you opt for dessert first.
Like all Daiya products (to date), the Cheezecakes are remarkably vegan, gluten-free, and free of top allergens. They even have a little boost of protein and calcium in each slice! As for how they do it … I have no idea. The ingredients do include coconut, yet there weren’t overt notes of the drupe. In fact, after reading the full label, I have no idea how I would formulate a replica at home. But in all honestly, the price of a Daiya Cheezecake is pretty darn fair for such an occasional treat, so why bother? Just pick one up and impress everyone with how amazing dairy-free can be!
We’ll be sampling a couple more Daiya Cheezecake flavors on Christmas Eve at a good friend’s party. There will be food allergic kids, gluten-free attendees, a couple just dairy-free like me, and several with no dietary restrictions at all. I’m so curious to hear more feedback and what flavor is the biggest hit (I will update!).
In the mean time, my friend Sandy of No Cow Chocolate had this to say on the other flavors:
The new Daiya Cheezecake is amazing! It comes in 4 flavors, we tried the Key Lime and Strawberry ones. The texture of the cheezecake is consistent in both, and it is smooth and creamy as you would expect. The crust is just like a graham cracker crust and you wouldn’t guess it’s gluten free. The combination of smooth cheezecake and crumbly crust is well balanced. The key lime flavor is a beautiful blend of tart and sweet, and the strawberry is refreshing. It doesn’t quite reach the flavor of regular cheesecake covered in strawberries, but it is still yummy. We added a drizzle of our chocolate on the strawberry flavored one and it was awesome, though we are probably biased. Whether you top it or eat it plain, the Daiya Cheezecake is great!
And of course, if YOU have trialed any of the Daiya Cheezecake varieties, do comment below and tell us your take.
Certifications: Daiya Cheezecake is Certified Vegan and Certified Gluten Free.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Cheezecake is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Daiya Foods website at daiyafoods.com.