If you’re craving a meat snack that’s completely plant-based, then this product may very well be your “Vegan Dream.” Seriously, it’s almost scary how close to meat, these meat alternatives can be! Vegan Dream Jerky is a mock meat snack that comes in several “classic” flavors, which are all completely free of any animal-based ingredients, including dairy.
Tasting Notes & Ingredients for Vegan Dream Jerky
The individual serving packages of Vegan Dream Jerky seem to house a sizable portion. I struggled with opening them slightly (three flavors in total), but once I had broken through, I was rewarded for my efforts. The texture was excellent. With just a little bit of that meaty pull apart effect, a definite jerky image, and that wonderfully satisfying chew, I think you could actually fool an omnivore into believing that they were in fact enjoying a meat snack.
This flavor was very new to my taste buds. It was slightly sweet, slightly salty, slightly smoky, and slightly spicy. Though it seemed to be suffering an identity crisis, the flavor quickly grew on me with its deep molasses-like appeal.
Ingredients: wheat gluten, defatted soy flour, tomatoes, garlic, onions, sea salt, black pepper, psyllium husk, vitamin C, soy sauce (water, extract of soy beans, wheat flour, salt, sugar), vinegar, spices, sugar.
Once again, there was an underlying flavor that was completely foreign to my palate. It was somewhat salty, yet deep … I wondered if perhaps they were a bit overzealous with the onion and garlic powders. The hickory pepper followed as an aftertaste, but overall, this one didn’t hit me quite right.
Ingredients: wheat gluten, defatted soy flour, garlic and onion powder, sea salt, black pepper, psyllium husk, vitamin C, soy sauce (water, extract of soy beans, wheat flour, salt, sugar), natural hickory smoke concentrate.
This was easily my favorite variety, with the perfect flavor from the get go. I loved the immediate jerky like taste that had that mildly sweet spice … but then those peppers kicked in with some serious heat. Don’t get me wrong, spicy food lovers will adore this, but I have some flame sensitive taste buds. A mild to medium version of the Chili Pepper flavor would be my ideal Vegan Dream selection.
Ingredients: wheat gluten, defatted soy flour, garlic pwder, onion powder, chili pepper paste* (chilis, garlic, vinegar, salt, sugar), sea salt, black pepper, psyllium husk, vitamin C, soy sauce (water, extract of soy beans, wheat flour, salt, sugar).
The teriyaki flavor was also a pleasant surprise. So many are sweetened and can be almost sugary, but this was a pure savory experience leaning more toward savory and salty than sweet teriyaki. Yet, the flavor wasn’t the least bit overpowering, making it an excellent snack option for hiking, since taste buds tend to heighten a bit during activity.
Ingredients: wheat gluten, defatted non-gmo soy flour, teriyaki sauce (soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), sugar, expeller pressed soy oil, fresh garlic, sesame seeds, dried onion, fresh ginger, garlic granules, expeller pressed sesame oil, onion powder, ginger powder), sea salt, psyllium husk, vitamin C.
The Facts on Vegan Dream Jerky
Availability: Vegan Dream Jerky is most readily available online. You can purchase it direct from the company’s website below, or you can order it on Amazon.
Certifications: Vegan Dream Jerky currently has no certifications. However, it is made with non-GMO soy.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients,Vegan Dream Jerky is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan, vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the Vegan Dream website at vegandream.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.
I’m not vegan, but thought these were quite tasty plant-based snacks. They really do taste quite a bit like jerky and have great flavors.