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.

cracker with vegan cheese spread

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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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?

tesco-vegan-bolognese

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.

Tesco Meat Free Bolognese 400G

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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Where to Buy Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream in the UK

There’s a surprisingly good selection of vegan chocolate ice cream sold in UK supermarkets – check out the list below. These vary in price, flavour and ingredients so there should be one to suit you.

Swedish Glace Chocolate Non-Dairy Ice Cream

Swedish Glace Chocolate Non Dairy Ice Cream 750Ml

This soy chocolate ice cream tastes exactly like regular chocolate ice cream, and is one of the cheaper options. Currently sold in Tesco and Waitrose. Also available in strawberry and vanilla.

Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Chocolate Iced Dessert

Sainsbury's Deliciously Freefrom Chocolate Iced Dessert 480ml

A fairly new offering from Sainsbury’s, based on coconut milk, this is also available in strawberry. We’ve heard great reviews of both flavours.

Antonio Russo Dairy-Free Chocolato

Antonio Russo Dairy-Free Chocolato 500ml

This slightly more exotic option includes orange zest, which makes a nice change. Sold in Waitrose.

Jude’s Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Jude's dairy free chocolate ice cream 500ml

Another Waitrose option, we’ve heard mixed reviews about this one. Some say the flavour is too dark/bitter.

Booja-Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Ice Cream

booja choc ice cream

A luxury option, this is sold in Waitrose, some branches of Holland and Barrett, and many independent health stores. Good once-in-a-while treat option.

You can also try vegan frozen yoghurt and frozen smoothie, both available in chocolate flavours. What’s your favourite vegan ice cream?

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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.

tesco cheese nachos 2

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.

nachos bag

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.

nacho ingredinets

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Where To Buy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies in the UK

Did you think going vegan meant no more chocolate chip cookies? Think again! Listed below are some tasty, vegan-friendly cookies available in the UK. You won’t need to go to any specialist shops to get hold of them – just pop to your local supermarket.

Tesco Free From Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tesco Free From Chocolate Chip Cookie Dairy Free 145G

Perfect if you’re looking for a gluten-free and vegan chocolate chip cookie, this own brand Tesco product is nice and crunchy, with a good flavour and plenty of chocolate chips. It’s definitely not the most decadent option though, so read on if that’s what you’re looking for.

Fox’s Chunkie Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks

fox dark choc chip

These Fox’s Chunkie Cookies are the definite winner for us as far as taste goes. Nice and crunchy/crumbly, not too sweet, with extra large chocolate chips. These are a great treat, and are quite often on offer for £1 in various supermarkets. It’s also worth checking bargain shops, as these can sometimes be found there too. Be sure to pick up the dark chocolate version – there is also a milk chocolate version which is not vegan friendly.

Choc Chip Hobnobs

Mcvitie's Hobnob Chocolate Chip 300G

The classic Hobnob biscuit, filled with chocolate chips – what’s not to love? These always go down well with both vegans and non-vegans, and are perfect for dipping into a cup of tea. They’re definitely the most sickly option in this list, but that means the pack usually lasts longer! These are currently available in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

If you’d like to bake your own vegan chocolate chip cookies, check out our quick and easy recipe video.

You can browse our full list of vegan biscuits sold in UK supermarkets here – don’t forger you can filter by shop on the right hand side of the page, or at the bottom on mobile.

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Hale & Hearty Quick and Easy Cheese Cake Mix Review (Vegan)

We were excited to spot this new product in Tesco last week – a cheese cake mix from Hale & Hearty, featuring vegan instructions and the Vegan Society logo. The ingredients are simple and healthy, and it’s also gluten free. Read on to find out what we thought of the cooking process and taste.

We followed the instructions on the back of the box, which you can see below. There are directions for both a vegan and non-vegan version of the cheese cake.

back of box cropped

They’re pretty simple, and all you need in addition to the two mixes included (base and filling), is vegan butter, a lemon, and 750g of soya yoghurt – that’s one and a half of the big Alpro pots. We used plain rather than vanilla. A cake tin with a removable base is also useful.

cheesecake ingredientsbase and filling

Mixing up the melted butter and oats, then pressing into a cake tin is the first step.

base in tin

Next you’ll need to combine the contents of the filling packet with your yoghurt and lemon juice. We added lemon zest on top of this for a more intense flavour. Pour the yoghurt mixture onto your base, and you’re done! Super quick and easy, and simple enough that children could join in.

adding top

The box advises baking for 50 – 60 minutes at 200 degrees celcius, but we checked on ours at 45 minutes and found that the edges were quite browned, so took it out to prevent burning. Don’t worry if it’s still quite liquid once baked, as it firms up a lot after the recommended two hours in the fridge.

Removal from the tin requires you to be quite careful – definitely don’t attempt this until your cheese cake is thoroughly chilled. A tin with a removable base is a big help here.

Verdict

The finished cheesecake tasted great. The topping had a very rich flavour, and we found the level of lemon to be perfect. The base was more similar to flapjack than the kind of crunchy biscuit base you might expect from a cheesecake – this is one area we think could be improved.

Overall, it had a great flavour, and we reckon you could serve it to a non-vegan without them telling the difference.

slice

Having never made a vegan cheese cake before this was a really easy way to do so, and great inspiration for future experiments. Having the mix is handy if you’re in a rush, but we felt it was quite pricey for what is actually included:

Gluten free oats* (47%), raw cane sugar*, cornstarch*, cinnamon* *Organically grown and produced.

We’d definitely recommend this kit if it’s your first foray into vegan cheese cake making, but perhaps not if you’re a more seasoned baker.

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