Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese is a soft, spreadable vegan cheese alternative that boasts versatility as a dip and a melty sauce or topping. I recently had the chance to sample every flavor, but it wasn’t my first encounter with this allergy-friendly brand.
Years ago, a tasty line of cheesy dips burst onto the dairy-free scene. It was made by the brand Wayfare Foods, and called We Can’t Say It’s Cheese. But almost as quickly as those tubs appeared, they seemingly vanished. Fortunately, they’re back. But they have dropped the cutesy name and simplified the look and the selection.
Tasting Notes for Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese
Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese comes in three Cheddar flavors: Original, Nacho, and Jalapeno. The Original tastes nearly spot on for Velveeta, but the ingredients are much more appealing. It’s made from a base of organic butter beans and organic oats, so it’s also much lighter. Each 1-ounce serving contains just 3 grams of fat and 35 calories.
As promised, Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese is tasty as a cold, thick, creamy dip. It also melts with ease in the microwave for pouring on nachos or when broiled in the oven. It even worked like a dream in mac and cheese. I simply spooned some into the warm cooked noodles and it readily melted into a sauce that was thick enough to cling to the noodles. On the noodles, the flavor was a little bit muted, but a sprinkle of salt fixed the issue.
The Nacho flavor was indeed the best on nachos. It had a little more flavor than the Original, but was still relatively mild. The Jalapeno was our second choice for nachos. It was the spiciest of the three, but it wasn’t too hot in my opinion. We also liked the Jalapeno with potato wedges and for making a kicked up mac and cheese.
Overall, Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese was a really fun product and our favorite dairy-free cheese, thus far, for topping nachos. I certainly wouldn’t say that it tastes like traditional cheddar, but it definitely has that comforting Velveeta vibe.
The Facts on Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese
Certifications: Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese is Certified Kosher Pareve. It’s also labeled as vegan-friendly and non-GMO, but we didn’t note certifications for these.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, and 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 or product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Wayfare website at wayfarefoods.com.
Buy Wayfare Dairy Free Cheese
Availability in Stores: This product line is gaining distribution at natural food stores in the U.S. Ask your local market to order it in if they don’t have it already.
Online Ordering: Wayfare also ships their products direct to consumers in ME, VT, NH, MA, NY, RI, CT, NJ, PA, MD, DC, DE, VA, WV, and OH. Visit wayfarefoods.com to order their Cheddar tubs online.
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Hands-down the best non-dairy cheddar dip/sauce on the market. The texture, consistency and taste outweigh anything my family has tried and we have tried a lot of substitutes.
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Versatile spreadable cheese alternative
This soft, spreadable cheese does indeed melt and has the versatility to cover dip, topping, and sauce needs. It isn’t Cheddar, as the name implies, but it is nearly spot on for Velveeta (with much better ingredients – see below). Since we like that comforting cheesy vibe, this product earned topped marks for enjoyability with our tasters. Read the rest of this post for more details.