Have you heard of Chao Cheese? I first tasted this revolutionary product at Expo West earlier this year, at the recommendation of my good friend, Tess, The Blender Girl.
Chao Cheese Slices were indeed a pleasant surprise, mimicking the unique bite of dairy cheese slices with impressive ease. To note, I found the texture to be remarkably similar to Follow Your Heart’s new cheese slices, and for good reason, the two have nearly identical ingredients. There seems to be just one special ingredient that sets Field Roast’s Chao Cheese Slices apart: just a touch of fermented chao tofu.
Surprisingly, the fermented tofu does add that “umami” flavor. However, for those of you who are allergic to soy, it is problematic. If you are someone who avoids soy for health reasons, please note that not only is it a very small amount used (according to the company, it is for flavor purposes only), but it is also fermented – a type of soy that even the Primal Diet gives the go ahead, too. Without going into the details, fermented soy is viewed as beneficial by most health professionals, and has not been an issue in those negative soy studies.
All three flavors have the same pleasing consistency, underlying “umami” factor, and just slight variations in their warm cheesy taste. They were all enjoyed, but the Creamy Original (pictured below) was actually my favorite with a provolone meets white cheddar flavor that is rich and just bold enough. Tess loved the subtle earthy flair of the Coconut Herb (pictured above), spiked with oregano and black pepper. And I think Tony was partial to the spicy heat of the Tomato Cayenne – perfect for quesadillas or kicking up that dairy-free grilled cheese!
As you can see in the pictures, Chao Cheese Slices do indeed melt easily when broiled or sandwiched and heated. That said, I thought they were quite tasty cold, for noshing as a snack or adding another sandwich layer.
Certifications: Field Roast Chao Cheese Slices are Certified Vegan.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Chao Cheese Slices are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-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 Field Roast website at fieldroast.com.