I’ll start by saying that I’m not vegan- the times I’ve tried in the past did not work out for my body- but I wholeheartedly respect people that commit to a cruelty-free lifestyle. I also think it’s important for our food systems to come up with new ways of making the world less dependent on animal protein. (even if many people don’t give it up completely…)
I always enjoy trying new meatless and nondairy options that become available in local grocery stores. Though the dairy-free cream cheeses I’ve tried in the past have been, well, less than stellar. (Sorry Tofutti, but you have an aftertaste I just can’t enjoy.) For a while now I have hearing great things about the brand Kite Hill; how they were focusing on creating nut-based vegan products by using the same techniques as traditional cheesemakers. Their cream cheese style spreads are made from cultured almond milk instead of the soy-based varieties I’ve tried and disliked in the past.
I finally took the time to pick up a container of the Kite Hill chive cream cheese, a couple of bagels (admittedly, not great for NYC standards), and headed home to toast up some tests.
Let me tell you, this is a product I will 100% end up buying again. The cream cheese is soft and smooth and glides easily onto a bagel half. Just taking off the plastic covering is a wonder in itself- it reveals an aesthetically lovely product that is studded with tons of green chives. It has a creamy, dairy like flavor and mouthfeel that makes me not miss the real version, which is important when trying to gain fans of vegan food. I also liked the spread sprinkled with castelvetrano olives – the overall combo made me forget that the bagels I had bought weren’t the best.
So omnivores, I say try this one out for taste. I’m excited to try out their version of plain cream cheese to see if it holds up to this one, as well as their other nut-based cheese products on the roster. An added bonus: if you buy one container, Kite Hill gives you a manufacturer’s coupon in the packaging for your next purchase if you decide that you like it.