As they seemingly phase out their hydrogenated version, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese now comes in four non-hydorgenated dairy-free varieties.
To date, we’ve only sampled the classic non-hydrogenated Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, but that was enough to impress. Upon first taste we were truly surprised by how much it really does taste like cream cheese. The texture is unbelievably perfect: soft, rich, and 100% creamy. Though it has been a while since I have had traditional dairy cream cheese, Tony, who has more recently had dairy, confirmed that it is near identical, but perhaps just a touch less sharp than cream cheese made from cow’s milk.
As an initial test, I prepared carrot cupcakes with “cream cheese” frosting made of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese, dairy-free buttery spread, powdered sugar, and real vanilla. I took them to a small dinner party of dairy consumers, and everyone loved them; not a single person could tell the difference.
Then, I trialed Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese as a bagel spread, topped with capers and wild smoked salmon. I was more than pleased. The Americanized bagel and lox combo is back on my lunchtime menu.
Though I’ve yet to trial Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese in a vegan cheesecake, I have heard rave reviews from others who have ventured it. And luckily, I have the cookbook, Amazing Dairy-Free Desserts on hand. The author explains how to best use Tofutti (apparently there is a trick or two) and offers six different “cheezecake” recipes. Dairy-free Toffee Pecan Cheesecake anyone?
My vegan friend Hannah agrees with our positive assessment of Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese:
At first look, this Tofutti Cream Cheese alternative appears to be an exact match with traditional cream cheese; a soft white sort of paste in a traditional “easy access” tub. Smoothing it across the top of a whole wheat english muffin, it even spread as nicely as the real thing. In terms of taste, they don’t hit the nail exactly on the head, but I honestly really like it. The first bite yields a smooth, creamy texture across the tongue, and a pleasant sort of sour tang, such as one might find in many soy yogurts. I detected an aftertaste of soybeans, but found it really enjoyable.
Certifications: Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese is Certified Kosher Parve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, verify on the label and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes, ingredients, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Tofutti website at www.tofutti.com.