Battle for the Best Vegan Cheddar Cheese

What’s the very best vegan cheddar cheese on the market today? Four of the most widely available vegan cheddar cheese brands come head-to-head in this episode of: Battle of the Cheeses!

We set up a blind taste-test with three judges: an omnivore, a brand-new vegan, and a longtime vegan. Our hope was that this would give a balanced perspective and help us find a clear winner—and it did! The winner, with a unanimous vote, was…well, you’ll just have to read on and watch to see!

The Vegan Cheddar Cheese Competitors:

This list is not comprehensive—there are many other vegan cheddar cheeses out there (such as Go Veggie’s vegan cheddar) but we chose the four vegan cheddar cheese options that are both the most accessible and the most popular. It’s also worth noting that Daiya recently released a new formula for their vegan cheese shreds which they’re slowly rolling out in grocery stores and food service. It’s completely different from their original formula, so stay tuned for that. I tried it on vegan pizza at Disneyland and loved it!

Vegan shredded cheddar cheeses from So Delicious, Daiya, Follow Your Heart, and Parmela

The Winners:

  • 1st Place: Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Gourmet 
  • 2nd Place: Parmela Aged Nut Cheese
  • 3rd Place: So Delicious Dairy Free Cheddar Cheese
  • 4th Place: Daiya Dairy Free Cheddar Shreds

It should be noted that we only tried these cheeses in a quesadilla, and it’s quite possible that the ranking would change when using the cheeses in different dishes. We also taste-tested the cheeses cold (unmelted) and confirmed our suspicians—they really are meant to be melted. Of the four, Parmela performed the best unmelted—in fact, I just sprinkled it on tacos the other night and it was delish! 

The Judges:

  • Michelle Cehn (Longtime Vegan)
  • Greg Hicks (New Vegan)
  • Dan Safko (Omnivore)

Many thanks to our guest judges: Greg Hicks (my biological father who I met for the first time this year and has been vegan for 2+ months now!) and Dan Safko (omnivore, public speaker, entrepreneur, and founder of I Make The Case). We hope that this helps you out next time you’re at the grocery store shopping for vegan cheddar cheese! 

Greg Hicks, Michelle Cehn, and Dan Safko hold up four bags of vegan shredded cheddar cheese

P.S. Have you seen our Ultimate Guide to Vegan Cheese? Check it out to see some of the most popular options for each type of vegan cheese (for melting, spreading, sprinkling, sandwiches, serving on a platter, and beyond). 

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