Daiya Shreds are the Classic Dairy-Free Cheese Alternatives


Updated in 2022! Not to be confused with the newer Daiya Cutting Board Shreds, the classic line of Daiya Shreds has been around for many, many years. It’s been reformulated on several occasions, but still comes in two traditional flavors that can be found in many grocers.

Dairy-free cheese is a very particular thing. Many tasters will covet a certain alternative while others may loathe it. But love them or hate them, it’s hard to deny the mainstay popularity of Daiya Shreds dairy-free cheese alternatives over the years.

Daiya Shreds Dairy Free Cheese Alternatives (Review) - available in four cheesy vegan and top allergen-free varieties

Daiya Shreds are the Classic Dairy-Free Cheese Alternatives

As one of the few top allergen-free alternatives, the Daiya Shreds received our top pizza-performing rank. Also, it does add easy, cheesy appeal to many recipes. It whisks into sauces and despite its rather staunch appearance, it actually melts atop many dishes with relative ease. You can see how Daiya Shreds melt in my “Irish Nachos” photo below.

But let us know what you think of them. Leave your own rating and review below! It helps others make an informed purchasing decision.

Mozzarella Style

Daiya Shreds Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative Reviews and Info - Vegan, Allergy-Friendly, Classic Ingredients: filtered water, tapioca flour, expeller pressed non-GMO canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, vegan natural flavours, inactive yeast, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid (vegan, for flavour), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral).

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup): 90 calories, 6g fat, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein.*

Cheddar Style

Daiya Shreds Dairy-Free Cheese Alternative Reviews and Info - Vegan, Allergy-Friendly, Classic Ingredients: filtered water, tapioca flour, expeller pressed non-GMO canola and/or safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavours, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, yeast extract, citric acid (vegan, for flavour), annatto (for colour), titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral).

Nutrition (per 1/4 cup): 90 calories, 6g fat, 7g carbs, 1g fiber, 0g sugars, 1g protein.*

More Allergen Notes

The following information is from Daiya Foods:

We have our own dedicated production facility except for Daiya pizzas, Cheezy Mac, Cheezecakes and dairy-free Dressings to eliminate any chances for cross-contamination. Our pizzas, Cheezy Mac, Cheezecakes and dairy-free Dressings are manufactured in another facility where we have an allergen program in place to prevent any cross contamination with dairy ingredients.

Discontinued Flavors

The Pepperjack and Classic Blend (mozzarella-cheddar combo) of Daiya Shreds were discontinued. However, they do offer a Monterey Jack variety of the Daiya Cutting Board Shreds.

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More Facts on Daiya Shreds

  • Price: $4.99 per 8-ounce bag
  • Availability: Daiya Shreds are sold at major grocers, like Whole Foods, Safeway, and Walmart, in the U.S. and Canada.
  • Certifications: Daiya Shreds are Certified Kosher Parve and Certified Vegan. The have been going through Non-GMO verification and do use only non-GMO ingredients.
  • Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Daiya Shreds are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.
  • For More Product Information: Visit the Daiya Foods website at daiyafoods.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy. 

Average Reader Review

Rated 2.4 out of 5
2.4 out of 5 stars (based on 17 reviews)
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What Others Are Saying ...

Cheese or gummy glue??

Rated 1 out of 5
January 4, 2022

I ended up scraping it off my omelette after a few bites because I couldn’t deal with the texture or taste (mildly salty gummy glue…I’m still shuddering). When I went to scrape it, it all ended up peeling straight off into a horrifying grey brown blob with nothing left behind. I may have nightmares about this. Going to keep looking for an alternative, but at this point I’d rather not have cheese at all.
Taste: 0
Smell: 0
Appearance: 0
Resemblance of slime: 10

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Rated 5 out of 5
January 4, 2022

I wasnt quite sure at first, but I was able to digest it well. The grilled cheese was excellent. No complaints at all. So happy there is a cheese alternative.

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Melted Snot

Rated 1 out of 5
November 29, 2021

It melts great but tastes disgusting. I’ve gagged trying to eat it. The cheddar is o.k. but the parmesan is like melted snot. Is there a negative 10?

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My number one cheese

Rated 4 out of 5
August 2, 2021

I love love the American slices, the mozzarella shredded cheese and the provolone slices. It melts down like real cheese. I have my whole family eating this cheese.

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Melts good

Rated 2 out of 5
February 14, 2021

Melted good but it gives me a stomach problems. Not sure why, but tried several times with same result. I had better luck with VioLife

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Jo Anne Penrith

pretty gross

Rated 1 out of 5
February 7, 2021

tried the mozzarella on pizza, disgusting taste, I would rate it a 0 based on that alone

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absolutely DISGUSTANG

Rated 1 out of 5
January 27, 2021

I wish I could give it 0 stars. Tastes like you’re eating chalky chemicals. I don’t trust anyone who likes This brand.

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Olivia Tucker

Good Non-Dairy Option

Rated 5 out of 5
January 12, 2021

For those who don’t have the option of eating real cheese, this is the best alternative I’ve found. People looking for any non-dairy options to taste exactly like real cheese are unrealistic. Either way, it’s solid.

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Not cheese.

Rated 1 out of 5
December 23, 2020

I give them one star for the idea. The final product is not only far from tasting like cheese but tastes so bad and smells so bad that just a pinch of it in a meal would ruin it for me. I must say i know people who doesn’t mind the taste or smell. But for me , this is not edible and should not be considered food.

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grossest thing I have ever eaten

Rated 1 out of 5
December 11, 2020

I thought my least favorite food was olives, until I encountered Daiya “cheese”. literally makes me nauseous when I eat it. it’s not better melted.

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Sarena is a graduate of The School of Culinary Arts in Atlanta, and she has worked in various fields in the culinary industry since 1995. Sarena discovered that she was lactose "challanged" in 2005, and soon after began creating recipes for her dairy-free (and now gluten-free) blog, The Non-Dairy Queen.


  1. Thanks for your review. After being dragged kicking and screaming to a vegan Mexican restaurant recently, I (with much chagrin) fell in love with vegan cooking. I wanted to try and replicate a dish I had at the restaurant, so on your review I picked up some Pepper Jack Daiya shreds. I love the stuff! I like how it melts and stays melted. Best if all is how it kind of sticks to your teeth like real cheese does. I didn’t mind the mild taste, as I brought a lot of flavor into the dish.

  2. Yuck, I am not sure why everyone loves this stuff. My husband is allergic to dairy but after trying Daiya slices and shreds, we are both begging for real cheese. The cheddar slices tasted so awfully fake, but they did have a slight melty consistency that looked good. They were edible but I definitely won’t buy them again. The pepperjack shreds completely ruined the tacos I put them on. I wasn’t expecting them to taste like real cheese but I at least hoped they would be palatable. Pretty disappointed and if this is the best option I am feeling discouraged.

  3. Very tasty I was skeptical I didn’t think it would taste that good but it’s very very good and I recommend this to anybody who needs a dairy alternative

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  5. Yasmeen Nelly on

    I had to go dairy-free because I’m allergic to casein. Daiya shreds do not melt. I’ve tried it and it does not melt. It releases an oil and oily flavour and that’s it. It tastes horrible. I had to scrape it off my pizza. Maybe it’s the Daiya in Canada that’s so gross? I don’t know. Daiya slices for grilled cheese on the other hand is amazing!

  6. Since going dairy-free, my kids have really missed pizza. We’re going to have to try the Daiya shreds on a homemade (gluten free) pizza. Thank you.

  7. This is my go to cheese for everything. It melts to stringy and is easily available where I live and the other brands are harder to find

  8. Perfect for pizza! Melts well and tastes delicious. I can hardly tell it’s not real cheese. Even my non-vegan boyfriend couldn’t tell the difference. I highly recommend this product.

  9. This is my go to cheese for EVERYTHING. Since removing dairy from my diet, I have missed cheese. Now that I’ve found Daiya, my life is changed for the better! 🙂

    Love this stuff!

  10. We have been using Daiya dairy alternatives for a few years now and they were a life-saver when we first needed to ditch gluten and dairy! My son has a VERY selective palette and his meals of choice were dominated by pizza, mac and cheese and nachos – hmmm….can you see an issue? Anyway, Daiya products offered us the opportunity to make delicious alternatives and therefore survive moving to a new dietary lifestyle! We have used most of the shreds, wedges and spreads and enjoyed them immensely.

  11. Karen Origer-Greco on

    Thanks for the great review. I absolutely love Daiya Vegan Cheese Alternative. I’ve tried several brands but this one is my favorite. I also love how it’s soy free since I can’t have soy and so many other brands have soy in them. It also melts really well. My favorite flavor is the pepper jack. Mozzarella is the most versatile and can be used in so many dishes from pizza to lasagna.