Field Roast Vegan Chao Cheese Slices

Creamy Original, Coconut Herb, Tomato Cayenne
$5.99 per 7-ounce (10 slice) package

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On November 4, 2015
Last modified:November 9, 2015


Donning a captivating "product of Greece" label, we expected great things from this cheese alternative, and were not disappointed. With a delightful bite that we found pleasing both cold and melted, each flavor had tasty "umami" underpinnings from a not-so-secret ingredient.

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.

Vegan Chao Cheese Slices from Field Roast - One of the best dairy-free hard cheeses with a tender, meltable bite and 3 "umami" flavors.

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.

Vegan Chao Cheese Slices from Field Roast - One of the best dairy-free hard cheeses with a tender, meltable bite and 3 "umami" flavors.

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.

Vegan Chao Cheese Slices from Field Roast - One of the best dairy-free hard cheeses with a tender, meltable bite and 3 "umami" flavors.

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.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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.


  1. I would trust anything from Field Roast. Amazing company. I buy all my vegan sausages from them which are flavorful. Has anybody tried cheese from Miyoko’s Kitchen? It’s mail order but looks amazing in Vegan News magazine. Still waiting for this site to do a review on vegan cheesecake and not just cheese 🙁

  2. Thank you so much….
    I went out and bought a chao cheese original after reading this review in my inbox and I have to say that it was delicious both hot and cold….
    I live in Buffalo, N.Y and I am trying to find the Daiya cheese cake, if you could please help me I would greatly appreciate it…
    Thanks again,

    • Hi A.C., So glad you enjoyed it! I’m actually going to be trialing those cheesecakes myself soon and will review here. I’ve seen them at Whole Foods and Natural Grocers, but have not seen them in conventional grocers. If you have a natural food store in your area, I would check with them to see if they can order in.

  3. Hi Alisa! I just tried the coconut herb. I heated it in my spaghetti and it gave it this yummy, creamy texture. It was also delicious on the rosemary turkey sandwich. Thank you so much!

  4. I’ve yet to find a dairy-free cheese that I’ve really liked, but the pictures of this one look promising!! Will research and see if I can find some before my son comes home from college!

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