I had the pleasure of trying out some Daiya dairy free "cheese" style products this week and I have to say I was not sure quite what to expect!
For a product that is dairy, lactose, casein, gluten, soy and even cholesterol free, you do have to wonder what might be left and if you're going to enjoy it at all - but you're going to be pleasantly surprised!
A friend told me that these were fabulous and that they melted and became stringy just like cheese and that it worked well! Her excitement sealed the deal for me and so I got more eager by the recommendation and did a further happy dance when I realized it was available right in my local grocery store!
I picked up 2 packages of the mozzarella style shreds and a pack of the cheddar style slices along with the provolone style slices, which I was dying to try as provolone is the cheese I always order on any sub or sandwich and I wanted to put it to the test and compare!
I started out by making some rolls, from scratch and added the provolone style slices on top of cooked eggs in those rolls to make a delicious breakfast! The provolone style slices melted like cheese and it tasted SO GOOD!
I knew these products were not real cheese and so didn't think I had the best view on how these compared as I was knowingly eating them as a cheese style product! SO! I served some to my son and he LOVED them, too! He didn't know they were not cheese at first and after he tried it in a grilled cheese he declared they were AMAZING and then seemed surprised when I told him that they were dairy free cheese style slices in those grilled cheese and he was impressed!
It is a big deal in our house when everyone agrees on a product and I am happy to say that my 2 year old loves these products just as much as the rest of us and I made my husband a pizza using the mozzarella style shreds and he didn't complain at all! This is ALWAYS a fabulous sign that it went over well as if he really didn't like it he wouldn't hesitate to leave it there and be on his merry way - so far, Daiya is 2 for 2 on the products we had chosen!
Lastly, we used the cheddar cheese style slices for yet more grilled cheese and not a single person in the house turned them down and when they were all gone everyone wanted more! They melt just like real cheese, turn bread into a party in your mouth and really do the trick when a cheese craving comes along!
These cheese style products are designed more for melting than snacking on right out of the fridge but they still taste great when eaten on their own! When they're in something, on something or melted though, they are truly at their best and unless you were clued in on what they were, you would hardly notice a difference at all to real cheese and I just ADORE that!
You really can use all of these products in place of your regular cheese and be completely satisfied! The price for the product seems a little high, but for what you're getting it is relatively fair and worth the swap if you need to avoid cheeses for health issues and need an alternative that tastes as great as the real thing!
I found these at my local Giant, in their specialty and natural foods area and so check those places out for yours if you want to try them out! You can also use the store locator on the Daiya website to fine a store closest to you that stocks them if they're not yet in your local supermarket!
If you would like to learn more about Daiya and what they have to offer, you can head on over HERE and check out their website for products, facts and delicious recipes! You can also find them on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE! (Hop on over and tell them you said hi!!).
I have really started to open my mind to new products over the last few years and cheese alternatives have always been at the top of my list to try and now I can safely say that I am definitely sold! I would recommend at least giving one or two of the products a try before you decide that nothing beats cheese like the real thing, because I am telling you, these sure do come close!
Have you ever used Daiya or similar products? I would love to hear what you have to say! Let me know in the comments below!
Disclaimer: I received coupons for free products in order to conduct this review. I was not otherwise monetarily compensated and my views remain 100% honest an my own. Your views may differ. Thank you!