Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese


Note that We Can’t Say It’s Cheese re-branded to their core company name, Wayfare (I’ve included an image below with the new packaging). I’m not certain if the formula for Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese has changed from my initial review below. We will update once we’ve sampled it again. But please feel free to share your own review of this product in the comments!

Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese (Review) - formerly known as We Can't Say It's Cheese SpreadsI seriously liked the Cheddar-Style Dips from this company, but I LOVED these spreads. Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese (formerly known as We Can’t Say It’s Cheese Cheddar-Style Spreads) upped the ante in terms of taste, texture, and performance in my book.

While the dips could be likened to sour cream in texture, the Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese spreads rivaled cream cheese in their smooth and thick consistency. Of course, the flavor was different. It didn’t quite achieve cheese, but is heavily cheddar inspired to help address the cheese void in the dairy-free diet. And did I mention that it comes in multiple flavors? I trialed the Original Cheddar and Hickory Smoked (which unfortunately, I think has been discontinued). The Hickory Smoked had a unique bacon-esque flavor that really did work.

We Can't Say It's Cheese Cheddar-Style Spread from Wayfare - Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, & Vegan

Tasting Notes for Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese

I have never been a big fan of hard cheese, dairy-free or not, but rather lean toward sauces and spreads for both taste and texture. And for that, Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese is perfect. It spreads easily for a thick and creamy topping and melts beautifully in a saucepan or even spread atop a potato and broiled. Sorry, I haven’t tested it as a pizza spread or in lasagna yet! Below are some of the ways I “indulged” with this nutritious spread.

Cheesy Vegan Hand Rolls

We Can't Say It's Cheese Cheddar-Style Spread from Wayfare - Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, & Vegan

This one was a bit unique and you could easily substitute rice, but I was on a veggie kick that day. I shredded/grated some cauliflower and sautéed it until “al dente.” I then combined the cauliflower bits with some of the Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese (Cheddar) spread and a wee bit of salt to season. I did find that a touch of salt was needed at times when using this spread in recipes. From there I spread some of the cauliflower mixture on one side of a nori sheet. Then I added avocado slices and carrot shreds, and rolled them up hand roll style. Some wasabi and soy was all I needed to call these a light and yummy lunch.

Hickory Smoked Mac n “Cheese”

We Can't Say It's Cheese Cheddar-Style Spread from Wayfare - Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, & Vegan

Both my husband and I loved this. I simply melted the Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese spread with a wee bit of milk alternative and combined it with the cooked macaroni noodles, some freshly cooked bacon pieces (use vegan “bacon” if you like), and sauteed chard to round out the meal. Quick, easy, and delicious!

Twice Baked Cheddar Potatoes

We Can't Say It's Cheese Cheddar-Style Spread from Wayfare - Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, & Vegan

I baked two potatoes, scooped out the insides and mashed them with some of the cheddar spread, a little milk alternative, and green onions. I then smeared some more of the cheddar spread on top, and sprinkled with some smoked paprika and the bacon bits. After a quick broil in the oven, the Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese bubbled and browned.

Cheesy Spaghetti or Italian Pasta

We Can't Say It's Cheese Cheddar-Style Spread from Wayfare - Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, & Vegan

I purchased some Muir Glen Organic Pasta sauces for an awesome price with coupons when they were on sale. But little did I know how sweet those sauces would be. We don’t mind a touch of sweetener to cut the acidity in tomato sauce, but both my husband and I found them overpowering. The fix? I added large dollops of the Original Cheddar Spread to our spaghetti sauce as it cooked. It quickly melted in and the resultant sauce was delicious!

The next time I used the Muir Glen I used Italian sausage (a vegan version could be used), loads of mushrooms, and added dollops of the Hickory Smoked Cheddar Spread to the sauce. I was sure my husband would think I was insane blending these flavors, but he proclaimed the pasta one of the best he had ever tasted. I concurred, it was marvelous, and gone far too quickly.

Multi-Purpose “Cheese” Sauce

We Can't Say It's Cheese Cheddar-Style Spread from Wayfare - Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, & Vegan

Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese is excellent atop veggies and so easy to make – simply melt with small amount of milk alternative to reach desired consistency and pour. Need I say more?

Though I don’t have a picture, I also used this as a simple spread (both the original and the hickory smoked) atop plain brown rice cakes for an easy-anytime snack that was surprisingly good. It was a nice savory change from my usual sweet-nut butter addiction.

We Can't Say It's Cheese Cheddar-Style Spread from Wayfare - Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, & Vegan

We all have different taste buds, particularly when it comes to dairy-free “cheeses”. But Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese Spreads were definitely our favorite (myself and my husband’s) cheese alternative to date. I really hope it makes its way onto many grocer (refrigerated) shelves soon!

The Facts on Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese

Certifications: Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese (formerly known as We Can’s Say It’s Cheese Spreads) is Certified Kosher Parve.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and 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 Wayfare Foods website at wayfarefoods.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.


  1. Alisa, Do you have ideas for a good substitute for cottage cheese? Not mashed tofu, but something tasty that will behave like cottage cheese in recipes? I have a fabulous recipe for a healthy red velvet ice cream that uses low fat cottage cheese and I would love to make it! It’s supposed to taste like red velvet cheesecake in ice cream form and I just don’t think I can get that from tofu…Help…

    • Have you considered using dairy-free yogurt in that recipe? I’m guessing it is the richness and slight tang of cottage cheese that gives it goodness. I would personally trial a combo of dairy-free yogurt and dairy-free, soy-free cream cheese alternative if using packaged products, or would make a nut cheese for it.

  2. Danielle Kern on

    I was looking at the dairy list, I saw goat milk but not sheep milk… why is goat considered dairy and not sheep?

  3. I ran across your vegan cheese and the recipe ended with the mixture in the blender and not with directions of how to harden the cheese. I’m confused. Sandy

    • Hi Sandy, this is a third-party review of the product on Go Dairy Free. You will need to contact the company directly with your concern. I’ve included links in the post above to their website.

  4. Lisanetti makes a wonderful almond cheese that melts to a real cheese-like texture. It does have a bit of casein but that doesn’t seem to bother me or my daughter.
    When using it for pizza I would recommend covering it with foil until the end, because if it gets too brown it hardens too much.

  5. Dianne pelletier on

    My daughter was recently diagnosed with celiac and several new allergies, dairy and egg. Do you have any suggestions for substitutes for these items???. And shes allergic to soy too.

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