On this page: reviews of vegan cheese, and where you can get it.
Because taste is so subjective, you may like to take a look at the “What May Affect My Reviews” page before reading the reviews.
My favourite cheeses are Violife Mature Cheddar, Tyne Chease Garlic Flavour. Also nice is Violife Mediterranean Style and Applewood Smoky Cheese. Runners up are Follow Your Heart Smoked Gouda, Violife Prosociano, and Violife Smoked.
Violife Tzatziki Cream Cheese and Tyne Chease Garlic Flavour Cream Cheese are also top choices.
Here is all the vegan cheese and vegan cream cheese we have tried so far (we will add more as we try it)…
Violife Prosociano Vegan Cheese
This is hard vegan cheese that you can grate. It has a fairly strong flavour which is quite cheesy, but also quite salty and oniony. It is one of the nicer vegan cheeses I have tasted and is good to put in or on food for a cheesy flavour.
Violife Original Cheese (Tesco)
This Violife Vegan cheese has a rubbery texture and is creamy, salty and rich tasting to me. I find it TOO creamy, and I get sick of the creaminess of it quickly.
Vegamigo Pizza Melty Grated Cheese
I tried this on pizza, and I also tried the Violife original (above) on pizza. They taste very similar, but I prefer the vegamigo as it is not so overly creamy. It only has a subtle taste though.
Sainsbury’s Free From Cheddar Style Cheese Alternative
I didn’t like the smell of this vegan cheese at all. When I tasted it, it was a bit better than the smell, but still not nice. Steve was not keen either. The dog seemed to like it though.
Sainsbury’s Free From Greek Style Cheese Alternative
I preferred this to the cheddar one, but I still didn’t like it much. Steve thought it was just OK but not that nice. It was one of the nicer of the supermarket own brand vegan cheeses I have tried, but that’s not saying much.
Applewood Vegan Smoky Cheese (Asda)
This vegan cheese rivals Violife Smoked cheese. When I first put it in my mouth I wasn’t particularly impressed, but once I’d chewed it a few times, a lovely flavour came out. It has a lovely after taste too. It is not too smoky, but it has enough flavour. Steve and I both like it, and find it quite more-ish.
Vitalite Dairy Free Block (Asda)
Both Steve and I hoped this would not taste like margarine, but unfortunately we both thought it did. It might be nice to put in sauces.
Tesco Free From Grated Vegan Mozzarella –
Neither Steve nor I were very keen on this vegan cheese. We tried it both as it comes, and melted on a pizza. Steve thought it had a funny after-taste. I didn’t, but I just didn’t really like it.
Violife Smoked Flavour Cheese Slices
I really liked these, they have a gently smoked taste. The texture is quite rubbery, like the Violife original slices. This smoked cheese is one of my favourite vegan cheeses, and I have it regularly.
Tesco Free From Smoked Cheese
This had a mild smoked flavour which I probably would have liked better stronger. My friend agreed. The texture was quite crumbly but it was convincing as cheese. The taste wasn’t great, but it was one of the nicer supermarket own brand vegan cheeses.
Tesco Red Leicester Slices
These slices of vegan cheese tasted just OK. The texture was slightly rubbery. Neither Steve nor I wanted to buy them again.
Follow Your Heart Vegan Smoked Gouda Slices
This was a quite similar taste to Violife Smoked cheese slices. I think I like the violife cheese better, whereas Steve preferred this one. It is one of the nicer vegan cheeses.
Violife Vegan Blu Cheese Block, (8th Day Co-op, Manchester)
This vegan cheese had a weird taste to me, almost like it had been tainted by the smell of nail varnish remover. Steve wasn’t keen either.
Sheese Blue Style Cheese (8th Day Co-op, Manchester)
This also tasted weird to me, it had a bit of a soapy taste. I didn’t like it at all, and neither did Steve. However, it was recommended to me by another vegan, so obviously some people love it!
Violife Tomato and Basil Cheese Slices
Both Steve and I liked these vegan cheese slices, but the more I had, the more I went off the taste. I think I found it too heavy on the herbs in the end.
Vegusto No Moo Piquant Cheese
Both Steve and I found this vegan cheese to have a pretty cheesy taste. It has a lovely cheesy after-taste, but I got a slightly odd taste from it too. It has a putty like texture, which I was not keen on in my mouth. I think it would be nicer if it was harder. We tried it grated on pizza too. It was difficult to grate because of the putty-like texture, and it didn’t melt very well. It instead went a bit crispy.
Vegusto No Moo Mildly Aromatic Cheese
This is not as cheesy, or as nice, as the Piquant, and has more of the slightly odd taste I mention above. It’s OK though. The cheese is quite soft and squashy, a bit like Play-Doh.
We tried this vegan cheese grated on pizza. It was hard to grate because it is so soft. It didn’t really melt well, they went slightly crispy.
MozzaRisella Slices, Cheddar Flavour
Neither Steve nor I liked this vegan cheese. I felt like they tasted strongly like Margarine.
Violife Cheddar Flavour Slices
The Cheddar flavoured vegan cheese was mild and subtle, but is nowhere near as nice as Violife Mature Cheddar flavour cheese.
VBites Cheezly Red Cheddar Style Cheese
Neither Steve nor I liked this vegan cheese.
Violife For Pizza
I’m not sure how this vegan cheese is different to Violife Original, as the flavour seems the same to me – a bit too creamy for me – but it certainly melts very well on pizza. Maybe how well it melts is the difference.
Tofutti Cheddar Style Dairy Free Slices
These remind me of the shiny plastic type cheese put on cheese burgers. It didn’t taste great on its own, but melted on a pizza it was OK. Steve didn’t like it on its own, but agreed it was OK melted on pizza.
Violife Mature Cheddar Flavour Slices
Steve and I both really like this vegan cheese and regularly buy it. The taste isn’t particularly mature or strong when compared to cows milk mature cheddar cheese, but it is definitely one of our favourite vegan cheeses. Five of my family members tried it recently and most of them liked it, despite a couple of them not liking other vegan cheese they’ve tried. My niece was particularly keen. This is a lot nicer than the Violife Cheddar.
Violife Mediterranean Style Cheese (Halloumi style)
This vegan cheese is much nicer once you’ve really chewed it up, as opposed to when you first put it in your mouth. It is a hard cheese and is pretty dry if you just eat it on its own out of the packet. We both liked the chewed up taste and after taste a lot. It has the cheesiest taste of all the vegan cheeses I have tried. It is one of our favourites that we buy regularly.
Violife Greek White Cheese (Golden Harvest Heath Food Shop, Whitehaven)
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this, as I do not remember having Greek cheese as a non-vegan. It is in a block, but it is soft as squashy, to the point of almost being spreadable. I squashed it on to crackerbread I had, ad it was lovely. It tastes like salty soft cheese spread.
Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet Shreds Mozzarella (Eighth Day Co-op, Manchester), Mozzarella, Fiesta Blend, Cheddar
I opened the bags and smelled these vegan cheeses and the smell was chemical-like. I don’t know if it was the cheese or the bag the smell came off, but I smelled the outside of the bag and it didn’t smell like that. All three of the bags of this cheese smelled like that inside. It was quite off putting. When I tried the cheeses, I think I preferred the Mozzarella, but it tasted a bit too much like margarine. The cheddar was worse than that, and the pizzeria blend was the worst of the three. Neither Steve nor I really liked any of them much. I don’t think Steve noticed the smell I did.
Fit Food Vegan Deli Smoked Cheese (Hackney Fresh, Mare Street, London)
This vegan cheese is OK, but probably not nice enough for me to get again. it had a slightly fishy smell or taste to me, a bit like smoked salmon, but it wasn’t a really horrible taste though.
Green Vie Sliced Cheddar Style (Hackney Fresh, Mare Street, London)
This vegan cheese has quite a subtle, but not unpleasant, flavour. I didn’t think too much of it to start with, but it grew on me, and by the time I’d finished the pack of slices, I wanted more.
Daiya Medium Cheddar Style Cheese (Sainsbury’s)
I’d heard good things about this cheese. It tasted OK, but not as nice as I’d hoped. It was nicer than the supermarket cheeses I’ve tried, but Violife Mature Cheddar and Mediterranean style are still the nicest tasting. Steve quite liked this Daiya cheese.
Tyne Chease Garlic and Sundried Tomato Flavour (TyneChease.com)
I bought these Tyne Cheases at The Cumbria Vegan Festival, but they are also available from some health food shops. The Sun Dried Tomato Tyne Chease is nice, but I think I prefer the garlic one – that is lovely, but pricey (7.95 each!). Both cheases have a hard crumbly outside, but are soft, and spreadable inside. They are slightly tangy, and although I would prefer less tang, but they are still both really nice. I wish they were not so expensive and more widely available. I would buy this often then, especially the garlic one.
Follow Your Heart Italian Style Cheese
This vegan cheese is grated ready to shake over your meals. It smells nice and has a cheesy flavour. It is nice, but it’s a shame the flavour is not stronger.
Tyne Chease Garlic Creamed Cheese Spread
I liked the harder cheese in this flavour so wanted to try the creamed cheese. It was nice too, but I think I prefer the harder version, not sure why though, because I think this one will go further. Both are a little tangier than I would like, but they are still both really lovely. I would buy again, but they are expensive.
Violife Creamy (Morrisons)
This vegan cheese spread is supposed to be a Philadelphia cheese spread type product. It lives up to its name in that it definitely has a creamy taste, but to me it has a taste of margarine, so I am not too keen. It doesn’t have a strong taste though.
Deliciously Free From Sainsbury’s Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread
Deliciously Free From Sainbury’s Original Cheese Spread
Bute Island Foods Sheese Original Spread
I am not a fan of the Sheese hard vegan cheeses at all, so I was surprised that their cream cheese was a lot better. This is quite like I remember Philadelphia type spreads being like. It doesn’t taste too much like margarine, like some I’ve tasted, or too much like coconut, like others.
Viotros Violife Creamy Tomato & Basil
Steve thought this vegan cheese was lovely! Nice on crackers or in wraps. I thought it was OK, but got sick of it very quickly. It is quite a strong taste, and I found the herb taste to be especially strong. It does taste pretty much like the Violife tomato and basil hard cheese.
Violife Creamy Herbs Soft Cheese (8th Day)
This vegan cheese spread is nicer than Violife Creamy original. It is nice as a dip or in a sauce, as long as you don’t use too much, as I found the herb taste pretty strong.
Tesco Free From Soft Cheese
This is soya and coconut milk based vegan cheese spread. I do not really like the taste of coconut and could taste it a little bit in this product, but not enough to make me dislike it. On crackers it was rather nice and I may well buy it again.
Violife Creamy Tzatziki Flavour
This soft cheese is very nice. It has a taste of cucumber, and maybe slightly of celery too, but it is a nice combination. It is good as a dip, although as a soft cheese it is firm as a dip, or nice on cracker biscuits, etc.
Please let us know what you think of these, or any other vegan food products you have tried, and where you got them. The more opinions people have to go off, the better!
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