It had been years since I last tried Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese alternative. But when I spotted it on sale, and happened to have a coupon too, I knew it was time for a full review.
Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese has a positively beautiful consistency. It’s soft, creamy and very spreadable, similar to a tub or even whipped cream cheese. It melts into warm toasted bagels, almost like butter, but with a little thickness remaining. To taste, it’s quite smooth, with only a slight sign in the finish that it isn’t whipped cheese. Yet, the difference is something that I can’t quite pinpoint to describe.
The flavor of Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese is pleasant enough, and not overwhelming, but not spot on either. Notes of lemon juice take center stage and make it taste a bit more like a creamy dairy-free dip than a cultured spread. The lemon over the soybean base may be off-putting to some people or in certain recipes. However, we found that it melded well on bagels and could keep its assertiveness in rich or bold recipes.
Truth be told, I waffled between 3 and 4 stars when rating this product. But with 3-stars being “good” and 4-stars being “very good”, I opted for an honest, full 3 stars. Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese is pretty good, and worth a purchase to trial. Especially since you can typically find it for a better price than many dairy-free cream cheese alternatives.
And Follow Your Heart is a stellar brand, too. For some soy-free, dairy-free cheese that rocked our world, see my review of their Slices & Blocks.
The Facts on Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese Dairy Alternative
Price: $2.99 per 8-ounce tub
Certifications: Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese Dairy Alternative (by Follow Your Heart) is Certified Kosher Parve and Non-GMO Verified.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Vegan Gourmet Cream Cheese Dairy Alternative (by Follow Your Heart) is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, 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 Follow Your Heart website at www.followyourheart.com.
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Smooth spreadable consistency
Though some may not see 3 stars as stellar, in our book it means “good” and that’s exactly what this product is. It has a dreamy, spreadable consistency that’s darn near perfectly smooth. The taste is just a little lemon juice-forward with a dip rather than cultured flavor. It held its own atop our gluten-free bagels and could be a fit for certain bold recipes. I expect mixed reviews with a “love” from some and an “off-putting” from others, but at this respectable price, it’s worth trying to see which group your tastes fall into!