My family just got back from spending a week at Disney World. I’ve never been and was pretty amazed at the fact it was all that it had been made out to be. At 42 years of age, I felt like a kid again the first time I saw the Magic Kingdom. It was awe inspiring to say the least. The crowds; yea not a fan of those at all! It blows my mind how blind people are to young children and how careless they are when they walk into them, heck more like barrel through them. Anyway…
While there, as you could imagine, there were treats galore; for the average eater that is. To my amazement, there were more than a few options. On one of our last few days we went out for ice cream at the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor and found Tofutti. I have had So Delicious’ version of ice cream and Trader Joe’s. Tofutti was pretty amazing though and was really creamy tasting, something the other ice creams seemed to lack. At some point I will go into the ice cream more, this is a different review though.
Yesterday, my boys and I dropped in Whole Foods for a couple items and we saw Tofutti Cream Cheese. My son, Alex, instantly perked up and asked that we try it out. We don’t by cream cheese anymore for obvious reasons, and he says he has really missed it; especially on bagels. We got the original flavor.
This morning we popped some bagels into the toaster and gave Tofutti Cream Cheese a day in court.
First impression: It definitely was not cream cheese. That sharp bite you usually get from cheese was lacking, to me that’s a tell tale sign you are eating real cheese. That said, this is not a point against.
Where it lacked sharpness it excelled in it’s creaminess. This is weird for something that has no cream. Tofutti, as so clearly explained in their name, uses tofu. So I’m sure they are whipping it to get that creamy texture and flavor. On a just toasted bagels it melts like real cream cheese and the way it looks is identical.
Nutrition wise it’s not packed with anything essential, it’s basically a flavor. Which is what cheese is really supposed to be, similar to using salt and pepper to taste. There is a good amount of saturated fat, but if you eat plant based/ vegan than you don’t get much anyway, so no real worries there. Comparing cream cheese to Tofutti brand you will see the absolute lack of calcium. This makes complete sense as it’s not dairy and they do not add anything back into it to make up for the lack of dairy. As a matter of fact, minus the 1g of protein per 2 Tbsp serving, there is no nutritional value whatsoever. But again, it’s a flavor additive for things like bagels, and I imagine, maybe eve for other cream cheese based products like frostings and stuff.
Alex absolutely loved it and is so excited to have a cream cheese like product back in his life. Yeah, we’ve used vegan butter (Earth Balance) for our bagels, but you want something different from time to time, right?! We can’t wait to try the other flavors, Garlic is next!!