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!
I 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 … not quite achieving cheese, but heavily cheddar inspired to help address the cheese void in the dairy-free diet. Oh, 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.
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 when placed 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!). Here are some of the ways I “indulged” with this nutritious spread …
Cheesy Vegan Hand Rolls
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, 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”
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
Using up those bacon pieces (again, use vegan / vegetarian “bacon” if you prefer), 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
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 a notch too sweet. 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! Even better – the next time I used the Muir Glen I used Italian sausage (a vegan/vegetarian version could easily 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
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 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!
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.