Thursday, 23 February 2012
I think everyone starting out on the vegan journey comes to learn about and appreciate Tofutti's "Better Than Cream Cheese." While the non-dairy version of a bagel's best friend is a great substitute for its dairy counterpart, reading the ingredient list can be disappointing. Even the non-hyrdogenated version has some wacky ingredients. I was pleased then, when the newest Fearless Flyer circular from Trader Joe's came in the mail and one of the featured products was their new private label cream cheese.
My guess is that like so many of Trader Joe's private label products, this is produced by the big player in the category, namely Tofutti. Trader Joe's seems to have a stricter set of guidelines on ingredients, because this is a simpler formula, with the base being coconut oil, safflower oil and soy protein. It's also marketed EXACTLY like Tofutti's, with the front reading "This is not a tub of cream cheese..."
As soon as I got home I toasted an onion bagel and spread a healthy shmear of the TJ's vegan cream cheese on it. It actually seemed to spread more evenly and have a creamier consistency than Tofutti's. Although I rarely indulge in bagels, I can say this was a true treat. I really need to get back to NYC for some of their unbeatable bagels.
Overall, I think the Trader Joe's vegan cream cheese beats Tofutti on flavor, consistency, and ingredients. Plus, at $2.49 per tub it has to be the best value on the market for non-dairy cream cheese.
Do you have a favorite, vegan-friendly cream cheese? Have you ever tried Trader Joe's or Tofutti's cream cheese before?
This post is contributed from the Vegan Vagrant!