Over the last 7 1/2 years that we have been practicing an allergy safe diet, our family has literally tried every vegan and nut-free cheese on the market. And I mean EVERY cheese! Some cheeses are too sticky, many do not melt well, several taste like rubber, others taste like chemicals, some are artificial tasting, even oily, and a few are gritty. Gross!
I was at our local Spartan-Brand Grocery Store, D & W Fresh Market, a few days ago and they have completely redesigned the entire store creating a large allergy-friendly/gluten-free area that includes several smaller aisles with a large refrigerator cooler and frozen food section. I was jumping for joy! In the refrigerator, I noticed several Follow Your Heart cheeses with “new” written on the packaging. Since these have not been available to us in the past, I purchased a few different options to take home to my boys and husband and conduct a family a taste test.
I purchased these cheeses that we then sampled at home on Wheat Thin crackers: Provolone 1 oz packages, Mozzarella slices, American slices, Cheddar slices, and American 1 oz. packages. The overall consensus between my two boys, husband, and myself was that all 3 cheese flavors, not only had the texture of real cow’s milk cheese, but ALSO THE TASTE CLOSELY RESEMBLED REAL CHEESE! I was shocked! I grew up eating dairy until my children were diagnosed with food allergies over seven years ago and decided to give up all dairy in order to support them, live a healthier lifestyle and maintain the safety in our home.
The Follow Your Heart Provolone is a mild semi-hard cheese that has a subtle sweetness. It can easily be paired with sliced apples, pairs, grapes, etc. We loved it! The Follow Your Heart American Cheese holds its own! I’m actually convinced that many of my “dairy-eating” extended family members would not be able to tell that it is vegan- it’s that good! The texture was medium and the taste was creamy and melted in our mouths!
Finally, the Follow Your Heart Cheddar Cheese was medium flavored, not too sharp and everything you would expect from a cheddar cheese! It’s smooth and firm texture was absolutely perfect! A real winner!
My children were so excited after the tasting that I went back to the grocery store the next day and loaded up on more of these amazing cheeses. I now feel like I could even entertain non-vegan guests with these cheeses and they would simply enjoy them without the standard questioning, “Is this dairy-free? Is this vegan?”
Kudos to Follow Your Heart for developing such amazing new products that have become Game Changers for my family! Follow Your Heart is a company that has been in the vegan business for a long time since 1970 and they know how to create yummy foods that we all love! I have to admit, I cannot stop snacking on these cheeses! They are delicious with everything!
Now, I just need to figure out if I can order this cheeses by the case at D & W Fresh Market or our local organic co-op, The Grain Train, where I’m a member/owner.
These cheeses are Life-Changing for our family!
Enjoy and Happy Cheese Eating!