Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread is Available in Four Varieties

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Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread (also known as “Cream Cheeze”) comes in Plain, Chive & Onion, Garden Vegetable, and Strawberry. Each variety is top food allergy-friendly, but the Plain is the most readily available option. It’s even sold as an option at Einstein Bagels.

Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread (Plain) - Deliciously Dairy Free

Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread is Available in Four Varieties

Daiya Cream Cheeze Style Spreads are a touch softer than “the real deal”, but that does make spreading easy, even on non-heated items. When sampled atop an English muffin, the flavor of the Plain Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread was quite pronounced. It was much tangier than expected with lightly sweet undertones. We highly recommend it for sweet recipes – like cheesecakes and frostings – even if it isn’t your favorite on bagels.

But you be the judge! Leave your own rating and review below and tell us which varieties of Daiya Cream Cheese you’ve tried.

Plain

Daiya Cream Cheese Alternative Review and Info (Also known as Dairy-Free Cream Cheeze). Pictured: PlainIngredients: filtered water, coconut oil, tapioca starch, coconut cream, non-gmo expeller pressed safflower oil, vegan natural flavors, pea protein isolate, sea salt, cane sugar, xanthan gum, potato protein isolate, lactic acid (vegan), vegan enzyme, lemon juice concentrate, guar gum, locust bean gum. Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 2 tablespoon serving): 80 calories, 7g fat, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein.*

Chive & Onion

Daiya Cream Cheese Alternative Review and Info (Also known as Dairy-Free Cream Cheeze). Pictured: Chive and OnionIngredients: filtered water, coconut oil, tapioca starch, coconut cream, vegan natural flavors, pea protein isolate, sea salt, chives, white onion, xanthan gum, potato protein isolate, lactic acid (vegan), vegan enzyme, lemon juice concentrate, guar gum, locust bean gum. Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 2 tablespoon serving): 80 calories, 5g fat, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein.*

Garden Vegetable

Daiya Cream Cheese Alternative Review and Info (Also known as Dairy-Free Cream Cheeze). Pictured: Garden VegetableIngredients: filtered water, coconut oil, tapioca starch, coconut cream, vegan natural flavors, pea protein isolate, sea salt, red bell pepper, carrot, green bell pepper, cucumber, white onion, xanthan gum, potato protein isolate, lactic acid (vegan), lemon juice concentrate, vegan enzyme, guar gum, locust bean gum. Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 2 tablespoon serving): 60 calories, 5g fat, 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein.*

Strawberry

Daiya Cream Cheese Alternative Review and Info (Also known as Dairy-Free Cream Cheeze). Pictured: StrawberryIngredients: filtered water, coconut cream, coconut oil, cane sugar,  tapioca starch, strawberries, vegan natural flavors, pea protein isolate, sea salt, xanthan gum, lactic acid (vegan), potato protein isolate, lemon juice concentrate, vanilla extract, vegan enzyme, guar gum, locust bean gum, fruit and/or vegetable juice (for color). Contains: coconut.*

Nutrition (per 2 tablespoon serving): 70 calories, 4.5g fat, 6g carbs, 0g fiber, 3g sugars, 1g protein.*

More Allergen Notes

According to the company, Daiya Cream Cheeze Style Spread is made in their own dedicated production facility, which is free of dairy ingredients and products.

Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread (Plain) on an English Muffin - Deliciously Dairy Free

More Facts on Daiya Cream Cheeze Style Spreads

Price: $3.49 per 8-ounce tub

Availability: The plain variety is widely available at grocers in the U.S. and Canada. The flavors of Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread are more readily available at natural food stores.

Certifications: Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spreads are Certified Kosher Pareve. They are labeled as vegan and made without gluten, but did not show certifications for these at our time of review.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spreads are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian. 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 Daiya website at www.daiyafoods.com.

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February 21, 2019

Daiya gets definite props for creating cheese alternatives like this one without any top allergens, in their dedicated facility. But the Plain falls a little short as a mimic – it is softer (but very spreadable) than traditional cream cheese with a tangy flavor that is sharper and takes a bit getting used to. That said, we’ve found that it works quite well in recipes (such as “cream cheese” frosting and even “stuffed” savories) – in fact, it might offer more punch than dairy.

Alisa

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Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

29 Comments

  1. I have a dairy and soy allergy, so Daiya is pretty much my go-to brand. I tried the plain cream cheese and I believe my exact words were “… weird… and sweet…”

    I actually found this thread in trying to find ways to incorporate it into cooked food. Has anyone tried it in homemade mac n cheese? or taquitos? I really miss dairy products so I’m hoping there’s a chance…

    • Hi Elli, as mentioned in my review, we had pretty much the same reaction tasting it straight up. Because of that it actually works really well in sweet recipes (like cheesecakes, ice cream, etc). For savories, I’ve had some luck with it, but I would use it in recipes where that sweetness is welcomed. I think taquitos could be a good fit, but would hesitate on mac ‘n cheese.

  2. It does not work in baked items. I tried a few recipes and it just does not bake. It was in the oven for over an hour and a half and would not set up! I wasted $20.00 in ingredients!

  3. i hate the plain daiya cream cheese my cat won;t even try a tiny bit. I ‘ll take tofutti or go veggie my fav anyday. Those are awesome ! my cat loves to eat a tiny bit. lol I do like daiya shredded cheeses though and buy that . . i wish it had less salt and i wish they made soy products since soy tends to be way better.

  4. I find that all of Daiya’s offerings tend to taste better the longer you’ve been away from the “real thing”. I’ve only gotten the chance to try the plain version so far but I think it’s decent for what it is. It does have a “daiya taste” to it that I’ve also experienced in the yogurt and cheese. I was also surprised that Daiya’s cream cheese is actually ten calories more than regular full-fat Philadephia for the same serving size! I did notice it had some sweet notes to it, though. I think it would rock in recipes that call for cream cheese. I don’t know if there are better versions of dairy-free cream cheese out there, but this one is the best I’ve had so far.

  5. Thanks for the review. I haven’t tried the plain yet…but opted for the chive and onion. Just tried it on a bagel at first. I spread it on a warm, toasted bagel…and noticed the flavor of this too was a bit sharp and pronounced. ..only it wasn’t the chive or onion flavor I was expecting…but rather the undertones of the spread itself…was almost plastic tasting for lack of a better comparison. When I opened it it smelled wonderful and looked good…was expecting the taste to match…was a bit dissapointing. …I had a hunch that perhaps it would taste a bit better if it was spread on cold…..so I tried again with another toasted bagel…only let the bagel cool slightly first…..and yes! It was much better! Bo more funny aftertaste. 🙂 Happy experimenting!

  6. For some reason, this cheese does not react well with my dairy allergies. I think the ingredients say it has lactic acid for flavor, so beware if you are very sensitive. I had bad stomach pains and bloating 20 min or less after testing a few teaspoons ): very disappointed!! Cream cheese was one of my favorite things to eat and cook with before I developed an allergy 7 years ago ):

    • What a bummer! Lactic acid isn’t a dairy ingredient – it just sounds like one! It’s created via sugar fermentation, usually corn, potatoes or molasses in North America. You can see this list for detailed ingredient understanding quickly – Dairy Ingredient List

  7. I wish I had read your review prior to purchasing two containers of Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread, Alisa. I, too, think they need to tweak that tangy tartness. I bought one in plain and one in the chive & onion flavor. I tried both on bagels and I didn’t get through the bagel with the chive & onion flavor before I just gave up and tossed it. Since then, I’ve tried to put different flavors of Ms. Dash seasoning on the plain flavor such as Tomato Basil Garlic, Southwest Chipotle, and finally adding chopped sun-dried tomatoes in it to see if I can overcome that tangy tartness. None of those attempts worked. Just can’t get over that odd flavor. I won’t even give the chive & onion a second chance. I’m intrigued by the strawberry flavor but did not see that in the store. If I were to base it on the previous two Daiya Cream Cheese Style Spread flavors I tried, I’d be foolish to try a 3rd. If anyone wants the two open containers in my fridge, I’d probably even pay for postage as I hate to see something go to waste…but I ain’t gonna eat it! There are plenty of other non-intrusive flavored non-dairy cream cheese substitutes out there that I don’t mind eating.

    • I hear you Adrian! If you still have some left, I would definitely try the plain in a dessert (like frosting) as that seems to make it work better. For the chive and onion, baked into something it adds flavor without overpowering. I agree that just on bagels, it wasn’t the best.

      • Thanks Alisa! Great ideas on uses for the remainder of the spread. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that found that it taste a little different.

      • i tried mixing it in a buffalo chicken dip (chicken & wing sauce )- it was a big fail- the taste is just bad and i agree with the plastic-y taste too. i’m now terrified of the flavors, experimenting with the different brands in PLAIN, wish i had trusted my instinct and started there…

        • Yes, we really didn’t find that it worked well on its own or in savories. If you have leftovers, I would use it in a sweet application – that seems to work much better with the Daiya. As for your buffalo dip – if you can do soy, I would try the Go Veggie Vegan or Kite Hill (very pricey though!). Those two should yield better results based on our trials.

  8. I loved it! And I honestly didn’t find it tasted much different than ‘real’ cream cheese. It was creamy and spread well. Had it on top of a bagel, was amazing! (Had the plain)
    I’ll definitely be making some great goodies out of it. I wonder how it would react to being heated to make an Alfredo sauce… May have to try that! Mmmmm…

  9. I haven’t had regular cream cheese in years, so for me there was no recent comparison to worry about and the Daiya Cream Cheese tasted pretty good. I liked the tart flavor and it went well with some hearty crackers. I shared it with some lactose intolerant friends and they liked it spread on scones. Then I made a vegan cheesecake using one of the recipes on the Daiya web site and that was a HUGE hit. Nice and creamy and the tangy flavor went well with the lemon and coconut. So, I thought it was a great product for folks who miss cream cheese desserts but can’t eat them due to lactose issues.

    • Thanks for your feedback Kimberly, it does seem to go really well in sweets! They actually have new Daiya cheezecakes out now, too! I’ll be reviewing those soon.

  10. I use this cream cheese for cupcakes, even adults can’t taste the difference. I have also used it in sausage balls my little boy who is 4 loves it!

  11. I used this product to make the cream cheese frosting for a carrot cake. I tried it out of the container and thought it tasted a bit “off” from regular cream cheese…but let me tell you…. Did it make an amazing cream cheese frosting! Wow! A total hit!!!!!

      • I used the Daiya plain for a cream cheese frosting; the Daiya went a long way so I iced another cake and also froze it – and both versions worked well. The consistency of the frozen and unthawed frosting was fine. My partner loves carrot cake (has to be gluten free and dairy free) so this was a great find.

  12. I used cream cheese a lot before I became vegan so the Daiya was one of the first things I tried afterwards. I found it much too sweet. I ruined a recipe of olive/cream cheese spread (thought my son and I were going to throw up) and then tried it with pineapple which was one of our favorites–not any better. I have not tried their strawberry. I agree with you, the flavor needs work. I suppose it might be ok in cheese cake, but I don’t eat that.