Updated! Back in 2013, Galaxy Nutritional Foods re-branded with a more catchy name, Go Veggie! Along with this switch-up came a new image, new packaging, and even new products for the dairy-free and vegan community, including reformulation and expansion of their dairy-free cream cheese alternatives.
Important Note: Go Veggie! has two cheese alternative product lines: one that is just lactose-free (products that still contain milk protein) and one that is dairy-free and vegan (completely free of milk-based ingredients). Do not confuse the two! The Go Veggie! vegan and dairy-free options don colorful purple packaging (versus green packaging on the lactose-free, non-vegan varieties). So for dairy-free, go PURPLE!
Now, back to those cream cheese alternatives. The Go Veggie! variety that we sampled first was their newer Strawberry flavor, and holy moly, is it good. The texture of the Go Veggie! Strawberry is rich, creamy, and very similar in consistency to a spreadable dairy-based cream cheese. Though it has just 3 grams of sugars per 2 tablespoons, it has a sweet and delightful flavor. In fact, I would liken it to frosting that isn’t sugary. I adored it on graham crackers for dessert and rice cakes with my morning tea.
More recently, we sampled the Plain Go Veggie! Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternative (along with a re-sampling of the Strawberry – my notes above still ring true), and admit to being equally impressed. Unlike other alternatives that tend to be spiked with a bit too much tang, the Go Veggie! was more subdued and firm, but still spreadable, with both the creamy and flavor essence that reminded our tasters most of dairy cream cheese. I had to trust their notes on similarities, but can say that just in general, I found it pleasant and quite versatile. That said, because it has a calmer flavor, it wasn’t my top pick for making cream cheese-based frosting or similar desserts.
And finally, we cracked open the Chive & Garlic Go Veggie! Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternative. It was similar in texture and taste to the Plain, but with flavorful savory nuances that were pretty spot on. I loved that it wasn’t overly garlicky and thought it perfect on crackers, vegetables, or for using in dinner recipes.
Certifications: Go Veggie! Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternatives are Certified Kosher Pareve. On the packaging it also states vegan, gluten-free, and that they use non-GMO soy, but I did not note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, the Go Veggie! Cream Cheese Alternatives are vegan, vegetarian, egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free. 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 Go Veggie! website at www.goveggiefoods.com.