Go Veggie! Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternative

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Product by:
Galaxy Nutritional Foods
Version:
Strawberry, Plain, Chive & Garlic
Price:
$3.99 per 8-ounce tub

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On April 17, 2015
Last modified:April 26, 2015

Summary:

Of all the cream cheese alternatives we've sampled, this one hit closest to "real" spreadable dairy-based cream cheese in both subtle yet well-rounded taste and thick, rich and creamy consistency. The Plain and Chive & Garlic are good straight-up but showed the most versatility for using in savory dishes. The Strawberry is like a marvelous low-sugar dessert topper on its own.

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.

Go Veggie! Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternatives (the  purple package!) - 3 vegan varieties (Plain, Garlic & Chive, Strawberry)

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.

Go Veggie! Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternatives (the  purple package!) - 3 vegan varieties (Strawberry shown)

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.

Go Veggie! Dairy-Free Cream Cheese Alternatives (the purple package!) - 3 vegan varieties (Plain, Garlic & Chive, Strawberry)17

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.

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.

15 Comments

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  2. If you don’t recommend for using the plain to make desserts, what do you recommend for say, a peanut butter pie?

    • It should work fine in PB pie, because I doubt you are looking for a tang in that dessert. If you prefer a little more zing, then I would use Daiya. It’s softer, and not as good on its own, but seems to work quite well in desserts.

  3. I Love GoVeggie Cream Cheese Alternative ! Been a real game changer since I went dairy free, gluten free, & sugar free! Thanks for the deliciousness!

  4. Love your products, however, purchased a container of “go veggie” plain.
    Opened it to find French onion. Glad I wasn’t making a cheesecake with it.
    Just thought you’d want to know.

    Chris

  5. Sorry, but the strawberry “cream cheese” I tried was plain awful. Maybe they changed their formula after you reviewed it. The savory “cream cheese” flavors were good, though they contain soy which is a no-no for my thyroid. The strawberry variety had a strange aftertaste that I couldn’t tolerate. After spreading one bagel, I gave the rest away.

    • Thanks for sharing your review Tommie! Indeed, it has been a couple of years since we last sampled. If I can locate the product again, I’ll give it another sample and update if my opinion has changed!

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  7. Yea I had the same problem purchasing the rice cheese also & decided not to purchase their products anymore. Anyway my bf suggested I give them a try i thought it was a new brand! So just tried their mexican shreds vegan cheese under the new label and packaging. It is so delicious, im not so sure if id stll purchase daiya like i used to.I got it for nachos so I could have some at a party and everyone thought it smelled like real cheese. Melts easy. Softer flavor and best texture cheese Ive had so far..my new fave!

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  9. I’m glad they are changing packaging my sons first anaphylactic reaction was to rice cheese of theirs that had casein and lactose it in, even after reading the label 3 times I missed these ingredients. There was no may contain statement ( I know not required). When I contacted the company about their poor labeling their response was a sales pitch for their new products. Needless to say I will never purchase anything from them again. I can’t wait for the new Daiya products.

    • Hi Erin, I’m so sorry – not a fun experience! Fortunately, I had the chance to meet several members of the Go Veggie team – it is really a new company now with a solid focus on good labeling, customer service, and actually moving strongly forward with their dairy-free / vegan line.

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