Tesco Vegan Mozzarella Review

Tesco recently released a whole range of vegan cheese, including some varieties which haven’t been widely available until now. Today we’re reviewing their Free From Grated Mozzarella Alternative. Read on to find out how it tastes, how it melts, and whether or not we’d recommend buying it.

Taste

Tesco vegan Mozzarella packet

The cheese has a pleasant, mild flavour, with a hint of saltiness. It’s also quite creamy. The flavour is fairly similar to real Mozzarella, but you’d probably tell the difference in a taste test. The flavour is nice in its own right though, so it’s worth trying even if you don’t especially miss Mozzarella. If you’re not a fan of strong, cheddar-style vegan cheeses then this is definitely a good option.

Texture

The texture of the cheese is good, no complaints here. It’s not quite the same as cheese you’d grated yourself and the pieces are very uniform in shape, but that’s no big issue. The fact that it’s pre-grated makes it really convenient for topping pizzas. Could be a good option to take to Pizza Express, who allow you to bring your own vegan cheese to be added to your pizza.

Melting

We were pleasantly surprised by how well this cheese melted. It worked perfectly under the grill on a medium heat, bubbling up and turning slightly brown on top in the way that regular cheese would. We found that texture was a little sticky if too much cheese was melted onto bread, but a moderate amount was fine.

Tesco vegan Mozzarella

It melts!

We’d say that this Mozzarella is ideal for topping pizzas, pasta bakes and jacket potatoes. It also makes a tasty cheese on toast!

Our score: 8/10. We’d recommend giving this vegan Mozzarella a go if you’re a fan of mild cheese. 

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Tesco Free From Strong Soya Cheddar Style Spread Review

Tesco have recently introduced an alternative to mature cheese spread in the form of their Strong Soya Cheddar Style Spread. Part of their growing free from range, it is now available in most Tesco stores. Read on to see what we thought of it.

Ingredients

The spread is predominantly a mixture of coconut oil and soya protein. The coconut oil element echoes the composition of the recently introduced cheese alternatives from Sainsbury’s. The full ingredients are listed below:

Water, Coconut Oil, Soya Protein Concentrate (11%), Salt, Spirit Vinegar, Lactic Acid (Dairy Free), Yeast Extract, Flavourings, Sugar, Thickener (Carrageenan), Colour (Paprika Extract)

Texture

Spreadability is something of an issue with this product as it has a dryness that leads it to flake and fall apart when you dig into it. With a bit of effort though it can be spread across your crackers or toast fairly evenly. Not as creamy as we anticipated though.

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Not exactly the texture we hoped for…

Taste

An authentically creamy and strongly cheesy flavour makes this an ideal mature cheese replacement for a quick snack on crackers or toast. We also found it a tasty filling for baked potatoes especially mixed with tomatoes and onion.

Verdict

We’d give this spread 6 and a half out of ten. The difficulty in spreading combined with a rather lacklustre off white colour somewhat undermine an otherwise tasty and satisfying mature spread alternative.

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Violife Prosociano Vegan Parmesan Review

We’re reviewing a second vegan Parmesan alternative today, and this one’s from Violife. If you’re interested in other options, check out our recent review of ‘Flavour Fusion’ by Good Carma – an almond-based product that’s available in a few different flavours.

Violife Prosociano comes in an authentic wedge shape, with nicely designed packaging. It’s currently sold at Tesco and in some independent food stores.

Texture

The cheese is a solid block that looks authentic. It grates easily, and there are no issues with it being too soft/breaking while grating, which is sometimes the case with vegan cheese.

Taste

The cheese has a pretty strong smell/taste, and we reckon it could fool a non-vegan. It adds some nice flavour to pasta dishes, and you don’t need to use much. It melts pretty well when mixed into sauce and has an authentic texture.

If you’re a fan of Parmesan, we’d definitely recommend giving this cheese a try. It grates well, tastes and smells authentic, and melts nicely. If you’re not keen on strong cheeses, we’d recommend sticking with regular Violife, or trying Flavour Fusion, which has a much milder flavour.

We’ve reviewed plenty of vegan cheeses, including Sainsbury’s, Lettices, and Follow Your Heart. Let us know if there are any other brands you’d like to see reviewed.

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Cauldron Vegan Burgers Review

Cauldron have recently released two new vegan products: sausages and burgers. This is a welcome addition to their range, and the products are currently available at Morrison’s, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s. We gave the burgers a try – read on to find out what we thought.

Ingredients

The burgers contain a range of pulses and vegetables, including chickpeas, cauliflower, aduki beans, broad beans and spinach. This is a nice change from other vegan burgers, which tend to be mainly soy-based.

Check out the full ingredients below:

Ingredients

Chickpeas, Cauliflower (12%), Aduki Beans (11%), Broad Beans, Spinach (10%), Onions, Garlic Purée, Rehydrated Potato, Plain Flour (Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Maize, Buckwheat), Chipotle Chilli Paste (Chipotle Chilli (0.9%), Onion, Tomato Purée, Vinegar, Garlic, Salt, Coriander), Vegetable Bouillon [Salt, Potato Starch, Maltodextrin, Yeast Extract, Non Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Onion Powder, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Herbs (Lovage, Parsley), Spices (White Pepper, Mace, Nutmeg), Turmeric Extract], Rapeseed Oil, Pea Flour, Smoked Paprika (0.9%), Lime Juice Concentrate, Stabiliser: Methyl Cellulose, Salt, Basil, Black Pepper

You can clearly see the different ingredients in the burger as they’re not completely blended together, which gives it a nice homemade feel.

Texture

The burger was smaller than expected, and quite thick (the picture above shows the burger before cooking). It’s not the ideal size for eating in a bun, in our opinion. The texture was similar to a homemade bean burger, quite dense and filling.

Taste

The main seasoning of the burger is ‘chipotle chilli.’ It’s not spicy, but has a rich, smokey flavour that’s quite distinctive. You can taste the individual ingredients, particularly the beans, and overall it’s a nice flavour. This is definitely a wholefood burger, rather than a meat substitute, and we can imagine it being popular with anyone who enjoys homemade burgers or dislikes imitation meat products.

We’d give this burger a 7/10. It was tasty and made a change from the other vegan burgers that are available, but was a little too dense for our liking.

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Good Carma Flavour Fusion (Vegan Parmesan Alternative) Review

We’re reviewing a really interesting product today. It’s called Flavour Fusion, and is a vegan alternative to Parmesan cheese. Unlike other cheese alternatives, Flavour Fusion comes as a powder which can be stored in the cupboard, rather than shreds or a block that need to be refrigerated. We weren’t too sure what to expect from this product – read on to find out exactly what we thought.

Ingredients

We were sent two different varieties of Flavour Fusion – one original, and one garlic. The original flavour contains ground almonds, yeast flakes, Himalayan pink salt and basil, while the garlic variety swaps the basil for garlic. It’s a nice, simple ingredients list, ideal for anyone who prefers to avoid overly processed foods with long lists of hard-to-read ingredients.

Texture

When we heard that this cheese came in the form of a powder, we weren’t too sure what to expect. It’s actually a really soft powder with a pleasant consistency, similar to very fine breadcrumbs. It wasn’t at all coarse or grainy, and was perfect sprinkled on top of a meal.

Taste

The Flavour Fusion smelt good immediately after opening, and didn’t have any of the odd or off-putting aroma that’s sometimes a problem with vegan cheeses. We used the original flavour to top spaghetti bolognese, and it tasted great. The flavour was quite creamy, with a pleasant tang. It was mild enough that you could add quite a lot without it becoming overwhelming, and we imagine that you’d enjoy it even if you weren’t a fan of Parmesan. The garlic variety had a nice extra kick, and would be ideal for topping dishes that don’t have much flavour on their own, or as a seasoning for something like potato wedges.

We think Flavour Fusion could work well in all sorts of dishes. Aside from the obvious choice of pasta, we reckon it could be great as a way to add some mild cheese flavour to vegan pizzas, mashed potato, or breadcrumbs, or as a topping for any dish you’d bake in the oven.

We can imagine this becoming one of those products that you end up adding to almost everything you cook, since it’s so versatile. The product came in a handy shaker tube, and we think it would be ideal for taking out to restaurants that don’t stock vegan cheese.

Flavour Fusion is available to buy in select branches of Waitrose – you can see a full list of stockists on the Good Carma website. Good Carma are currently running a Veganuary sale in their online shop, where you can choose from their full range of flavours: original, garlic, and chilli.

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Quorn Vegan Fishless Fingers Review

Another product has been added to the Quorn vegan range – fish fingers! Lots of people are excited about this development, which makes a change from chicken-style products, but are they worth buying? Read on to find out what we thought.

Texture

The fish fingers definitely look like the real deal. They’re a standard size, coated with breadcrumbs, and white and slightly flaky inside. We’d say the texture is pretty close to perfect. They’re not quite as flaky as standard fish fingers might be, but aren’t at all chewy.

Taste

These didn’t taste overly ‘fishy’ to us – but then neither do regular fish fingers. We’d say the taste is pretty close to what we remember from childhood. We’d say these are best eaten with plenty of ketchup, and should satisfy any nostalgia-type cravings. It’s not the most exciting flavour in the world, and we prefer products like the Quorn Hot and Spicy Burgers. However, if you used to be a big fish finger fan then these are definitely worth trying.

What did you think of the Quorn Vegan Fishless Fingers? And what would you like to see them release next? We’re keeping our fingers crossed for vegan Quorn mince.

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Real Good Tomato Ketchup Review (Vegan and No Added Sugar)

We’ve been sent some Real Good Tomato Ketchup to test today. The ketchup is 100% vegan, available at Ocado, The Co-op, and on Amazon, and has much less salt and sugar than other brands, making it a great option if you’re trying to cut down on these. Read on to find out what we thought.

Texture

The ketchup was the same consistency as you’d get from other brands, perhaps a tiny bit thinner. It came in a handy squeezy plastic bottle and was easy to dispense. It was nice and smooth, and perfect for dipping.

Taste

We weren’t sure what to expect from the taste, as reduced sugar/salt products can sometimes take some getting used to. We were pleasantly surprised to find that this has a rich, tomatoey taste with a slight tang. It’s much more reminiscent of fresh tomatoes than other ketchups are, and we didn’t miss the extra sugar or salt. We tested it with chips and Quorn chicken nuggets, and it added some nice extra flavour to both.

We can imagine it being useful in cooking, too, since the tomato flavour is quite strong. We sometimes use ketchup mixed with Sriracha and other herbs to marinate baked tofu, and can imagine that tasting recipe great with this product.

We’d definitely recommend giving this ketchup a go if you’re put off by the amount of sugar and salt in regular brands. It would also be a great option for kids, especially if they like to have ketchup with every meal.

Check out the table below if you’re interested in a detailed comparison between Real Good Ketchup and other major brands (taken from here).

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Sainsbury’s Greek-Style Vegan Cheese Review

We’re slowly working our way through all of the new vegan cheeses at Sainsbury’s, and today we’ll be reviewing the Greek-style. Read on to find out what we thought and get some recipe ideas.

Texture

The texture was quite solid and a little crumbly – we’d say it was more like a soft cheddar than a really crumbly cheese like feta. It isn’t an unpleasant texture, but it’s not 100% authentic either. Held up well when cut into cubes.

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Taste

We thought that this cheese tasted very similar to the Wensleydale-style, minus the cranberries. It was creamy and slightly tangy, with no unpleasant aftertaste. Again, it was nice, but didn’t really remind us of dairy Greek cheeses which are usually much saltier. If you weren’t a fan of the berries in the Wensleydale-style cheese, then we’d definitely recommend giving this a go as a plain alternative.

If you’re looking for a 100% realistic vegan feta, then we’d recommend trying checking out Better Fetter from Lettices, which we recently reviewed. Sainsbury’s are offering a perfectly nice everyday version that we enjoyed, but it probably wouldn’t fool a non-vegan.

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We used cubes of the cheese to top a cooked pizza and it tasted great, especially with a drizzle of garlic oil. We reckon it would also be tasty as part of a salad, or sliced on top of crackers. We’ve heard it melts pretty well, and it seems solid enough that you could grate it if you wanted to.

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Lettices Vegan Feta Cheese Review

We recently visited the West Midlands Vegan Festival and got to try out some great new products. One of our favourites was this “Better Fetter” vegan feta cheese from Lettices. This is one of the best vegan cheeses we’ve tried – read on to find out exactly what we thought.

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Texture

The texture of this cheese was really authentic, unlike some other vegan greek-style cheeses which can be too solid. It was nice and crumbly, but still held up when cut into cubes. Keeping it in the fridge for a few hours before using made it firmer, but we preferred the crumbly style.

We weren’t expecting this to melt well, but it did! When mixed into warm pasta, it went really nice and soft, just like real feta would. We think it would be great on pizzas or in stuffed peppers.

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Taste

We loved the taste of this cheese. It was really close to real feta – maybe even a little tastier! The flavour was nice and salty, with plenty of seasoning from garlic and herbs. It could get overwhelming if you ate too much at once, but tasted great in all the dishes we tried. We’d give 10/10 on taste.

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Ingredients

This cheese is tofu-based, and contains pretty simple ingredients, which we’ve pasted here from Lettice’s website:

Ingredients: Firm Pressed Cauldron Tofu (Filtered Water, Soya Beans, Calcium Sulphate), Coconut Oil, White Wine Vinegar, Dried Italian Herb Seasoning – Sesame Seeds, Sea Salt, Basil, Thyme, Oregano, White Pepper, Onion, Rosemary, Garlic Powder – Vegan Lactic Acid Powder, Salt, Onion Powder.

If you come across Lettices at any vegan events, we’d definitely recommend giving this cheese a go. You can see a list of the events they’re scheduled to be at on their site, and there’s also a page for online orders, although these seem to be on hold currently. As well as a range of cheeses, they sell a few different vegan meats. We also purchased a tasty Camembert spread – review coming soon.

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Sainsbury’s Cheddar-style with Caramelised Onion Vegan Cheese Review

Time for our third Sainsbury’s vegan cheese review, and this time we’re trying out their Cheddar-style with Caramelised Onion. This was definitely the most impressive in terms of melting. You can see our other reviews here: Wensleydale-style with Cranberries, and Garlic and Herb Soft Cheese.

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Texture

The texture was realistic, and this cheese melted amazingly well – even down to bubbling up and browning on top. This makes it perfect for recreating cheese on toast and toasted sandwiches, or topping dishes like Shepherd’s Pie. We used it on top of croutons for soup, and it looked 100% authentic.

Taste

This cheese definitely had the strongest flavour out of those we’d tried to far, and also had a strong cheese smell. We reckon this one could divide opinions – it might be a bit intense if you’ve not eaten dairy cheese for a while, or prefer milder flavours.

It seems to have been popular with non-vegans, so could be a good option if you’ve recently given up dairy. The caramelised onion added a nice twist, and wasn’t too intense. We probably wouldn’t eat large amounts of this cheese at once, but think it’s great for melting as part of a meal.

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Sainsbury’s Wensleydale-Style with Cranberries Vegan Cheese Review

Time for our second review of the new Sainsbury’s vegan cheese range, and this time we’re trying out their vegan Wensleydale with cranberries. You can read our review of their garlic and herb soft cheese here. This cheese was one of the most impressive looking in the range, but how did it taste? Read on to find out.

Texture

We thought the texture of this cheese was really impressive, and very similar to the dairy version. It’s slightly crumbly, but still slices well and doesn’t fall apart completely. It was packed with cranberries which were well distributed. We’re not sure how well it would melt, considering the cranberries, but this type of cheese is generally designed to be eaten on crackers, so no big problem.

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Taste

The taste was creamy and slightly tangy – we thought it was fairly authentic. It tasted more like a slightly unusual variety of dairy cheese than an obviously vegan option. The sweetness of the cranberries was a little overwhelming, and we’d be interested to try a plain version of this cheese.

We enjoyed the Wensleydale on top of crackers with a little red onion, to combat the sweetness of the cranberries. We probably wouldn’t purchase this regularly, but would definitely buy it as part of a cheese board for special occasions. It’s great to see a more adventurous vegan cheese that isn’t just Cheddar or Mozzarella style – we’d definitely recommend giving this a go if you prefer creamier cheeses.

It wasn’t quite as delicious or authentic as the garlic and herb soft cheese, but still tasted good – we’d give it 7/10.

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Sainsbury’s Garlic and Herb Dairy Free Soft Cheese Review (Vegan)

Sainsbury’s recently released several new coconut-based vegan cheeses, including Cheddar, Greek-style and Wensleydale. We’ll be reviewing them all, starting with this Garlic and Herb Soft Cheese. Keep an eye on our blog over the next few weeks for the rest.

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Texture

The cheese comes in a handy tub with a plastic lid, similar to options like Philadephia. It looks just like dairy soft cheese and is easy to spread. The texture is exactly as you would expect and it looks very realistic.

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Taste

We were really impressed by the taste of this cheese. There was nothing odd about it, (which can often be the case with non-dairy cheeses), it just tasted great straight from the tub. The garlic and herb flavour was delicious, and not too strong – there was still a ‘cheese’ taste underneath the flavouring. It tastes very similar to dairy versions like Boursin, and we reckon you’d struggle to tell the difference in a blind taste test. Everyone we’ve given this to has enjoyed it, vegan or non-vegan.

We tried the cheese on crackers and in sandwiches, but there are plenty of other ways we’re sure it would taste good – melted over pasta, for example. Sainsbury’s also sell a version of this cheese without the garlic and herbs, which would be even more versatile.

This product gets 10/10 from us – what did you think of it?

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Linda McCartney Vegetarian/Vegan Pulled Chicken Review + Recipe Idea

The new range of vegan-friendly products from Linda McCartney includes this frozen pulled chicken – quite different to anything else that’s currently available. We tested it out in a recipe that’s similar to the dish shown on the front of the packaging. Read on to find out what we thought.

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Cooking

We weren’t quite sure what to make with this, and settled on a lemon and garlic pasta dish. The packaging suggests that it would work well in curry, and we thought it could be great in place of tuna, in a dish like tuna pasta bake, thanks to the flaky texture.

We fried onion, garlic, and a little chilli, then added the pulled chicken and fried for about five minutes. We then added the recommended 50ml of water, along with salt, pepper, garlic powder, lemon juice and parsley. We cooked for another five minutes, but felt that the texture was a little chewy. Adding a splash more water and cooking for another few minutes made the texture more pleasant.

We mixed the cooked ‘chicken’ into cooked pasta and peas, added a splash more lemon juice and some black pepper, and it was ready to taste!

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Taste

The pulled chicken had a pleasant, mild taste underneath the seasoning. It didn’t especially taste of chicken, so could easily be seasoned and used in place of a different type of meat or fish. The pulled texture made an interesting change from the other fake meats available – some might find it a little too realistic!

There was a slight chewiness to the chicken, but it wasn’t unpleasant, and we’d definitely try this in other dishes. It’s a good medium between fake meats that come in solid chunks, and those that are more crumbly and mince-like.

If you’ve tried this vegan pulled chicken (we found ours at Morrison’s), let us know what you thought. We’ll be reviewing more of the Linda McCartney vegan range in the future, so keep checking back. View the full range here.

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Morrison’s Vegan Meat Free Burgers Review

We recently spotted these meat free burgers in Morrison’s, advertising a ‘new and improved’ recipe, with a nice clear vegan label.

There are six burgers in a pack, and they’re an actual meat imitation, not the kind of vegetable burger with breadcrumbs that you often find in supermarkets. They’re mostly soya based, and you can see the full ingredients below.

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Taste

The image on the front of the pack looked promising, and we weren’t disappointed. This was one of the nicest vegan burgers we’d tried, with a realistic taste and texture that wasn’t slimy or too dry. Stick one in a bun with ketchup and we reckon you’d struggle to tell they weren’t the real thing!

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We cooked our burgers in the oven, but you can also grill or shallow fry them. We imagine they’d work well on a barbecue, too.

Our only real complaint was that the burgers were pretty small, and wouldn’t fill the average sized burger bun. This isn’t a major problem though, and certainly wouldn’t put us off buying them again.

We’re planning reviews of all the below products soon, plus the new vegan cheese from Sainsbury’s, so keep an eye on our blog. You can follow us on social media or sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of the page to stay up to date!

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Tesco Meat Free Bolognese Review (Tinned Vegan Mince)

Time for a quick review of the new tinned vegan bolognese from Tesco. This is a really convenient product, and, as far as we know, the only tinned vegan mince you can get. But is it worth buying?

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The bolognese takes about three minutes heat up in a pan or the microwave, and makes a great speedy meal along with some quick-cook pasta. Perfect for weekday lunchtimes or busy evenings.

The mince is similar in texture to dried soya mince, but without any of the effort of soaking beforehand. There’s no chewiness, which can be a problem with dried soya mince. Carrot, pepper and mushroom are included, and you get some good sized pieces, as you can see above.

Taste-wise, the bolognese is pretty good. It’s not as nice as homemade, but perfectly good and you can easily add extra seasoning. Because the flavour is quite mild, you could use a few tins of this as a base for meals like shepherd’s pie or chilli, and add extra vegetables, herbs and spices. If you don’t have much freezer space, it’s a nice alternative to bulky bags of frozen mince, and takes less time to cook.

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We’d definitely recommend buying a tin or two of this to keep in the cupboard – you never know when it might come in handy.

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Soyatoo! Soy Whip Spray Cream Review

Vegan squirty cream seems to be pretty hard to find, so we were excited to stumble upon Soy Whip from Soyatoo! in a local health food shop. We’ve also found it available online at Vegetaria. But is it worth buying?! Read on to find out.

We tested the cream on a simple hot chocolate. The picture below shows the cream immediately after spraying – it deflates pretty quickly, as you can see from the later photos. The can works in exactly the same way as dairy squirty cream, with a nozzle that can be rinsed after use.

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We’ve heard some reports of people having problems getting the cream out of the canister, but we had no issues. The packaging states that the product doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so we assume it works best when kept at room temperature.

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The taste was good, not exactly like the dairy version, but close enough to pass. There was a slight taste of soy, but we imagine that if you like soy milk, you’ll be fine with this product. It wasn’t too sweet, and the flavour was mild overall, so it’s a perfect topping for very sweet drinks and desserts.

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At £2 a can we felt the price was reasonable, and it’s the kind of thing we’d buy once in a while, more for novelty than anything else. Have you tried this product? Let us know what you thought.

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Taifun Tofu-Wiener Review (Vegan Hot Dog!)

After sampling a delicious vegan hot dog at a recent festival, we were inspired to try making our own. We picked up a pack of four Taifun Tofu-Wieners from Waitrose for £3.50. They sell a few Taifun products, including some different flavours of tofu.

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We thought that the hot dogs might need some seasoning, given the plain flavour that tofu normally has, but after consulting the ingredients were pleasantly surprised. The hot dogs are really well flavoured, and have an authentic look and smell straight out of the packet. Check out the ingredients below:

Tofu* 75% (Soya Beans* 55%, Water, Coagulating Agents: Magnesium Chloride, Calcium Sulfate), Cold-Pressed Sunflower Oil*, Soya Sauce* (Water, Soya Beans*, Wheat* Sea Salt),Oatmeal*, Sea Salt, Thickening Agent: Guar Gum*, Fenugreek*, Coriander*, White Pepper*, Black Pepper*, Sweet Paprika*, Hot Paprika*, Caraway*, Garlic*, Beech Wood Smoke, *Organically Grown Ingredients

How to cook Taifun Tofu-Wieners?

They were extremely easy to cook, although we did have to go to the website for instructions as there aren’t any on the packet. All you need to do is pop them in a bath of hot water for 3 to 4 minutes, until warmed through. They can also be eaten cold.

We went for the traditional option and stuck our hot dogs into buns, then topped with ketchup and mustard. You could go wild with toppings though – anything you’d have in a normal hot dog would be perfect.

How did they taste?

They were delicious! We really couldn’t tell any difference between these and a standard hot dog, and we doubt non-vegans would either. The taste and texture were both completely realistic. They were also more filling than expected – the picture below shows one hot dog broken in two, and this was more than enough for a snack.

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Vegan Quorn Reviews (Fillets, Pieces and Burgers)

Have you managed to get your hands on the new vegan Quorn yet? It was tricky to find at first, but now seems to be available in a good amount of supermarkets. If you’re wondering whether or not to buy the new products, then our reviews + recipe suggestions below should help!

Can’t be bothered to read? The basic verdict is: they’re all good and definitely worth trying. The Hot and Spicy Burgers might divide opinions though. Scroll down for an in-depth look at each product.

Quorn Vegan Fillets Review

Quorn Meat Free Vegan Fillets

The most recently released product, these are very similar to the non-vegan Quorn fillets – we couldn’t really taste any difference. The taste and texture are very realistic. They don’t taste bad on their own, but seasoning definitely makes them a lot nicer.

You can use these anywhere you’d normally use chicken. We like to cover them in lemon and garlic, wrap in tin foil along with some onion and any other veggies you like, then bake for 20 minutes. Served with roast vegetables, stuffing and gravy this makes a really easy and delicious Sunday dinner. They’re not hugely filling, so two per person is generally a good idea.

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We’re planning on trying these with a Nando’s-style marinade next. Let us know what you’ve tried them in!

Quorn Vegan Pieces Review

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These are really versatile and great in lots of different meals – anywhere you’d have chicken/meat pieces, basically. A nice simple way to cook them is by frying along with onion, garlic, chilli, cumin and turmeric, then serving with rice and vegetables. The turmeric gives them a nice colour, as they’re a bit pale.

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We’ve also tried them in tacos and fajitas, cooked in tomato sauce with pasta, and in a stew. They’re definitely nicest fried – cooking in a stew made them very soft and a little soggy, but not awful.

Since they’re so realistic, these pieces are an excellent option when cooking for non-vegans – there’s really not anything to dislike about them.

Quorn Vegan Hot and Spicy Burgers Review

Quorn Meat Free Vegan 4 Hot & Spicy Burgers

We loved this product, but have heard mixed reviews from others. The texture is very realistic, and similar to non-vegan Quorn burgers. The coating is nice and crisp and very well seasoned. The ‘hot and spicy’ name is certainly true, and if you’re not a fan of hot food then you might not enjoy these. We’ve found that the distribution of the flavour can be a bit hit and miss – some areas are very spicy, where others are quite plain.

We’d definitely recommend giving these a go – just keep a glass of water handy! They’re a really quick and easy option and will go with almost any side. We like them with the good old-fashioned chips and baked beans combo, but they’re also great with pasta, salad and veggies.

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What do you think of the new Quorn products? And what are you hoping they’ll release next? We’re keeping our fingers crossed for a good vegan mince.

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GoMaxGo Vegan Chocolate Bar Reviews

We recently tried three vegan chocolate bars from GoMaxGo – the Buccaneer (like a Mars Bar), the Twilight (like a Milky Way), and the 2fer (like a Twix). Read on to find out what we thought!

We got hold of these chocolate bars at a local vegan fair. Events like this are worth looking out for as you can often pick up items that aren’t widely available in shops. It’s also a great way to support vegan/ethical small businesses.

We paid £2 for each of our bars, and this seems similar to the price you’d pay when buying online. Although pricey, these bars are fun as a one-off treat.

Twilight Bar

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This vegan Mars Bar alternative lived up to expectations. The nougat was nice and soft, the caramel tasted good, and the chocolate coating was authentically milky. True to Mars Bar form, this bar was very sickly – you could definitely save half for later to make it last longer!

2fer Bar

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Out of the three bars we tried, this is the only one we probably wouldn’t buy again. This bar is described as being similar to a Twix, but the cookie layer is very soft and a little bland – not like they distinctive, crunchy base of a Twix. The chocolate is nice, but the caramel layer is very thin and barely noticeable. It’s not horrible, but if you were a huge Twix fan then this bar will probably disappoint.

Buccaneer Bar

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Our favourite of the three, this Milky Way style bar was delicious. The chocolate nougat is very similar to the inside of a Milky Way, both in taste and texture – just a little more chocolatey. The outer coating tastes great, and we think this bar would go down well with both vegans and non-vegans. If you only buy one, we’d recommend the Buccaneer bar.

Have you tried any of these vegan chocolate bars? Tell us what you thought.

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Tesco Free From Cheese Flavour Nachos Review (Vegan)

These vegan cheese flavour nachos recently popped up in the Tesco Free From section, so we decided to give them a try. These are quite a rarity, given that nearly all cheese flavoured crisps contain dairy. Read on to find out what we thought.

The bag cost £1, which we thought was pretty reasonable – not much more than a packet of plain tortilla chips. This is a bonus as ‘free from’ items can sometimes seem massively overpriced.

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The flavour was pretty good – we’d describe it as a milder, less ‘tangy’ version of Tangy Cheese Doritos. They tasted even better dipped into salsa, and we can imagine they’d be a nice base for a meal with lots of toppings. There was no strange aftertaste, which was great, but we wouldn’t say they were amazing in terms of flavour.

If you’re looking for something to replace a cheese and onion flavour, then these probably won’t do the trick. While they’re reasonably nice, and would make a change once in a while, they definitely won’t be replacing plain nachos in our cupboard.

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The ingredients (listed below) are pretty simple, so you could try seasoning your own tortilla chips if you don’t fancy buying these, or don’t live near to a Tesco.

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Have you tried the new Tesco Free From Cheese Flavour Nachos? Let us know what you thought of them in the comments.

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