Daiya Cheezy Mac: Deliciously Dairy-Free Cheddar or Alfredo

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Review of: Daiya Cheezy Mac
Version:
Cheddar, Alfredo, White Cheddar Veggie
Price:
$4.99 per 10.6-ounce box (3 servings)

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Rating:
4
On December 5, 2015
Last modified:January 5, 2016

Summary:

Think Velveeta Shells and Cheese only made with more wholesome ingredients and of course, dairy-free. Thus far, we've only trialed the Cheddar, which was pretty good and with a spot-on creamy consistency and a mild, cheesy flavor. But take note that the top allergen-free nature, ease (no other ingredients required), and high-quality ingredients (yes, it's relatively well-balanced!) do come at a bit higher price than the norm.

Taking convenience and allergy-friendly to the next level, Daiya Cheezy Mac comes with everything you need inside (the sauce is fully prepared in a shelf-stable packet) and is not only dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, but free of the top allergens.

Daiya Cheezy Mac: Deliciously Dairy-Free & Convenient! Everything you need right in the box, 3 varieties, vegan, gluten-free, top allergen-free and mighty tasty!

I received a box of Cheddar-Style Daiya Cheezy Mac at the Food Allergy Blogger Conference, which ended up being the perfect quick meal after a full, early morning of travel (read: no interest in cooking or chopping veggies for lunch!). And it couldn’t have been easier to prepare – boil the noodles, squeeze the Velveeta-like sauce on and stir. I added peas to mine (it doesn’t come with it) and chicken for Tony (he was hungry) and even with the additions, I would say it serves 2 adults, but you can probably get the full 3 servings as noted on the box if making Daiya Cheezy Mac for kids.

Daiya Cheezy Mac: Deliciously Dairy-Free & Convenient! Everything you need right in the box, 3 varieties, vegan, gluten-free, top allergen-free and mighty tasty!

Tony liked it and said it tasted very close to other dairy-full boxes of mac and cheese (mind you, he hasn’t had any of them in decades), and we both agreed that the Cheddar-Style Daiya Cheezy Mac is very kid-friendly. The sauce is smooth and a little sticky, but in a good way – it clings to and fully covers those noodles for a truly creamy pasta.

I thought it was pleasant, with a subdued but notable cheesy flavor and a slight tang. It didn’t quite hit the spot for homemade appeal or guilty comfort food cravings, but I certainly wouldn’t turn a bowl away and think that it could be very popular with little ones. I also like that it is relatively nutritious with gluten-free brown rice pasta, plant-based protein, and calcium fortified (20% of the RDA per serving).

Daiya Cheezy Mac also comes in White Cheddar-Style Veggie (with dehydrated vegetables) and Alfredo. If you’ve tried any of the varieties, please share your honest feedback in the comments!

Daiya Cheezy Mac: Deliciously Dairy-Free & Convenient! Everything you need right in the box, 3 varieties, vegan, gluten-free, top allergen-free and mighty tasty!

Certifications: Daiya Cheezy Mac is Certified Kosher Parve, Certified Vegan, and Certified Gluten Free.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Cheezy Mac 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.

About Author

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.

9 Comments

  1. I just tried the White cheddar with veggies and I am not impressed. Maybe I’m just picky or it’s been too long since I had mac and cheese or I don’t know, but the pasta was spongy and the cheese tasted really bland. I do hate almost all gluten free pastas though, so I should have expected that at least.

    • I have heard that many greatly prefer the Cheddar-style to the White Cheddar and Alfredo, but can’t weigh in on comparison since I haven’t tried those versions. Thanks for your feedback Katie!

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  3. Stephanie Jensen on

    I tried the white cheddar veggie variety a few days ago. That one is my favorite. It doesn’t have the sour taste that the others have for some reason. It also keeps well.

  4. I tried both the alfredo and the cheddar macaroni. I liked both varieties, but the cheddar was my favorite. Both of the boxes had a slightly sour taste to me, but sourness in the alfredo was much more pronounced. I fixed this by putting some toasted bread on top as croutons.
    I really enjoyed the easiness of this product and the fact that it does not take long to make. I have bought this a few times since I enjoyed it so much.

  5. Stephanie Jensen on

    I have tried the cheddar and Alfredo varieties. The white cheddar veggie is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to try. I enjoyed both of the two that I tried. The Alfredo variety does have a little bit of a sour taste, but not too strong that I can’t enjoy (I have a little bit of sensitivity to some sour tastes). For any variety, don’t try to lick the pan like you would with traditional macaroni and cheese. It could be due to the Velveeta like sauce. I did enjoy the simplicity of it. Boil the macaroni and add the sauce. They taste even better left over the next day.

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