I know vegan cream cheese has been available for a while now. To be honest, I only bought it when I couldn’t find vegan sour cream that I like to use to make dips and dressings for meat meals. I never even considered using it as actual cream cheese on a bagel, after all it’s not like I’m making sausage or kosher bacon for breakfast every day.
Galaxy Nutritional Foods reached out to me a few weeks ago to give their non-dairy cream cheese a try. Galaxy, based in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, is a leading seller of cheese alternatives and is sold in the produce section of most major supermarkets in the United States and Canada. I decided to sneak it by my husband (a self-proclaimed New York bagel snob) first. I spread it on his bagel and waited to see what he would say. And waited. And waited. He didn’t say anything because he didn’t notice! I couldn’t’ believe it and tried it for myself and I couldn’t tell either. This vegan cream cheese is made from a base of coconut and sunflower oils and soy protein and would make Philadelphia brand jealous.
It is smooth and creamy and really does taste delicious. It is certified kosher by the OU.
It is available in Plain or Chive & Garlic. If you are lactose intolerant, have a milk allergy or have chosen a vegan lifestyle this product is perfect for you. Salami and eggs has a new non-dairy friend.
Tofutti brand also sells a vegan cream cheese that was also a winner in my informal taste test.
Even if you don't agree with spreading it on a bagel, although you must give it a try, there are also so many fabulous recipes you can now make parve, like Cream Cheese Frosting for this carrot cake.
or this enticing Snickers Cheesecake in the main image.
**Giveaway** 3 Winners!!!
Galaxy Nutritional Foods is giving away 2 coupons for a Free Cream Cheese to 3 lucky winners. To enter make and review any Parve Recipe on this site (make sure to put your review on the recipe) and then let us know in the comments below by linking to the recipe you reviewed. You may enter more reviews for more entries, NO LIMIT.
Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, and must be US residents. Contest ends May 15th at 9 am EST. Three winners will be picked randomly from qualifying comments.