The vegan cheese wars are fascinating, ridiculous, and full of hyped out opinions.
Every now and then, something special comes along, making its way amongst all the passable, or please-pass non-dairy alternatives. Follow Your Heart, Daiya, Teese, and Cheezly are all brands that have gained notoriety in the vegan community in recent years.
If you’re already rolling your eyes and agreeing with the first statement, stop reading now, because I’m clearly about to wade into the waters.
If you agree, and yet, like me, you can’t resist trying each new one as soon as you can, please, continue. It primarily boils down to sheer curiosity – Which one is the best? Which one will make your life that much easier? Which is actually worth buying? Which one will make your pizza look real? We want to know!
Either way, I’m just posting photos of a pizza that some dear friends and I put together, my contribution being the new formula of Mozzarella Teese that some vegan bloggers were sent a sample of:
Flavor-wise, I didn’t notice a huge difference.
I admit – I’ve been a fan of Teese since it premiered in 2008. I find it similar to Follow Your Heart Mozzarella, but tastier and a tad saltier. Formerly, Teese Mozzerella used to do the pooling melt thing, but I didn’t see any of that this time.
It was overall, creamier, from the shredding to the softening. Our dough was beginning to overcook, or else I think a few more minutes would have led to more of the sought-after ‘melting’ achievement vegans dream of every single night.
I have some more left, so I’m going to try again on another pizza, and likely, a panini. I really like the idea of an insane pizza with a little bit of Cheelzy, the new Teese, and sauteed raab.
I hope at least one of my Daiya-happy friends chimes in with their opinion here (pssst, Chelsea)!
Over all, I’m pleased with it! I think it’s scary to be anyone but Daiya in the vegan cheese world lately, but I’d prefer it on pizza any day. Teese is making an effort – and perhaps they can also offer cute bags of shredded soy dairy, because I’d be all over that.
Check out the slightly cooled look:
Thank you, Chicago Soy Dairy!
In other vegan cheese news:
- This weekend, Food Fight! is unveiling the new Tofurkey frozen pizzas with Daiya vegan cheese.
- Earlier today, The Stumptown Vegans released Episode 14: A Discussion on the Commercial Popularity of Vegan Cheese. What a timely topic! Note, it was recorded prior to my receipt of the new teese.
Anyone else tried it yet?
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