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Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese Alternative

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Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese Alternative
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This Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese is the best tasting plain vegan cream cheese that I’ve come across so far, and I’ve tried many! The creamy smooth texture and the tangy aftertaste go perfect with a New York style everything bagel (smoked paprika optional, but a delicious addition!).



I am a huge bagel and cream cheese addict.  Ask anyone that knows me and they will verify that I’ve had cream cheese with some kind of a bread item (bagel, toast, english muffin) almost every single morning of my life for the past 20 years or more!  Not kidding!  When I was a vegan for a few years as a teen, I ate the Tofutti brand cream cheese because I recall it was the only kind available back then (that I could find).  While it tastes nothing like the Philadelphia brand cream cheese blocks that were always my preference, it has it’s own special taste that I grew to love.  When I decided to go vegan again a few years ago (this time for life), I began a quest of trying out all of the vegan cream cheeses I could get my hands on.  I’ve made quite a few vegan cream cheese recipes as well.  This is an ongoing quest of course, but so far in this adventure this Trader’s Joe’s vegan cream cheese is the absolute best tasting one on the market (that I’ve tried).

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The consistency is so smooth and if you give it a good whipping when you first open the container (there is usually a little liquid/solid separation going on), it turns into a luxurious creamy spread!  The flavor is mild with a bit of tang to it.  It’s a coconut oil based spread but it does contain soy (for those that need to avoid it).  The ingredients say that there are “vegan cultures” in it so maybe that’s where the tang/zip is coming from since there’s no lemon or vinegar listed.  I don’t know but it’s pretty darned good!

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Since I live an hour away from Trader’s Joe’s I stock up whenever I can but I do buy the Tofutti cream cheese when I run out.  My boyfriend is working in Vermont right now and passes a Trader Joe’s on his way home so he just bought me literally 6 containers of it.  He’s awesome and that should last me a few days at least : )

I’ve also used this cream cheese in my vegan cream cheese frosting recipe and it comes out amazing!  The only problem is that it’s hard to sacrifice one of my tubs for frosting since they are a little hard to come by for me (although frosting is a good cause!).

This cream cheese is the best vegan cream cheese in the whole wide world (well that I’ve personally tried), what do you guys think?

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Trader Joe’s Vegan Cream Cheese
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I don't like it on bagels...

The reason is it shouldn't taste any coconut aftertaste AT ALL. So, that ruined my enjoyment of it this morning the first time I tried it on my bagel. If it didn't have the coconut it would be perfect. I'm still going to tell my friends about it, though, because they may love it.

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I would like to thank the producer. I was overweight and needed to lose weight I always shop at Trader Joes and I saw this product and decided to give it a try with low sodium bread also from Trader Joes and it was so good and delicious that I am having it as my lunch in office since December 2016 and I lost a lot of weight and my blood pressure got reduced.If It was not for the incredibly delicious taste of this cream cheese, there was no way I could have continued the diet for so long time.
I want to thank the producer to help me to be able to reach to my goal (losing weight) and I feel soooo good now.
Thank you Thank you

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Excellent find

As close to real cream cheese as you are going to get and at a good price! Don't know how I missed this one for so long. What a treat!

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New find!

Idk why i just now found TJ cream cheese but i was pleasantly surprised. its missing some of the tang of reg. cream cheese but from the others i've tried its my favorite and its versatile. i use it to make "Alfredo sauce" mixed with almond milk, garlic, herbs and spices and to make creamy ranch dip or dressing!

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What a shame to find it has soy in it. Too many of Trader Joe's vegan products do have soy, which they'd consider the millions of people who can't touch soy in any form.

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LEAST JUNKY of all the cream cheese alternatives...

This one is the winner: NO CARRAGEENAN and least junky ingredients. Acceptable flavor (better than all the others I've tried). I wish it were more tangy. BONUS: it's also the CHEAPEST.

When mixed with chopped red onions, capers and cracked black pepper on toasted gf bagels, it's not half bad!

...and yes, there are no gluten ingredients listed (may be hidden as "natural flavors")

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Gluten Free?

I LOVE THIS CREAM CHEESE! But, does anyone know if this cream cheese is gluten free also?

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Jacquie

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Eating it as I read this...

TJ's vegan cream cheese is hands down the best! I have to talk myself out of eating the whole container in one sitting! Great on rice crackers!

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Crean Cheese

Trader Joe's cream cheese is far superior to any that I have tasted. I ask if anyone has experience in freezing containers. I usually buy two at a time which last me 1 1/2 to 2 weeks. Would appreciate hearing from anyone that froze this product.

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Great review

Loved this post. I am currently trying to slowly transition to a vegan diet and the only thing that I'm finding hard to eliminate from my diet is dairy, specifically cheese. I was trying to get my hands on an Almond based cream cheese but they are hard to come by. I will definitely pick this up next time I'm at Trader Joe's!

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