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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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Comments (3)

  1. Craig Jones
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    This is probably the “cheesiest” cheese spread I’ve tried, it has a great strong flavour, that I really quite like. It reminds me of the filling from those Tuk sandwich crackers.

    I like to add this to pasta sauces to give it a strong cheese flavour, works well on crumpets too as the spreading issue is negated by the heat from the crumpets.

  2. Reply

    This is a very honest review. Tesco’s Strong Soya Cheddar Style Spread is delicious, but everything you have mentioned here is true. Still, it can be a great choice for your spread.

  3. Rebecca
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    I really, really detest this. I’m a cheap Northerner and I waste nothing, but I couldn’t bring myself to eat this. Not even mixed in with other things, it just overpowers everything with the taste of…I don’t even know! Grim soy-based sweaty feet taste?

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