If you are craving a meat snack in which no animals were harmed in the making, then this product may very well be your “Vegan Dream.” Seriously, it is almost scary how close to meat, meat alternatives can be!
Tasting Notes for Vegan Dream Jerky
The individual serving packages of Vegan Dream 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.
Original Hickory Pepper
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.
Hot Chili Pepper
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.
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.
For myself, the only drawback that would keep me from purchasing this regularly is the ingredients. It is dense with protein (13g per ounce, which is excellent), but in the form of wheat gluten and soy flour. Two ingredients that we are working to limit in my household. But, if gluten and soy aren’t issues for you, I do think this must be the best vegetarian jerky on the market.
The Facts on Vegan Dream Vegetarian Jerky
Certifications: Vegan Dream Vegetarian Jerky currently has no certifications. However, it is made with non-GMO soy.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients,Vegan Dream Vegetarian Jerky is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, 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 Vegan Dream website at vegandream.com.