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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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Trader Joe's Vegan Cream Cheese Alternative

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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!). Great value for the price!



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 its 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 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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Changed Recipe

TJ's cream cheese used to be EXCELLENT. It was my go to. Now? Its frigging AWFUL! I mean the worst vegan cream cheese I have ever tasted and Ive tasted ALL of them. Same goes for their Soy Creamer.. another one they changed for the worse.

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Don't mind it

I used to love cream cheese when I was younger but since haven't eaten "real" cream cheese in years. I was in TJ's the other day and decided to give this one a try. I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, it was a bit soft in texture and needed a stir. But on toast with avocado it was lovely. The flavor is subtle, and had a dairy feel in the mouth and aftertaste to it. It might be because I am not trying to compare it to "real" cream cheese... I will feed it to my husband and see what he thinks, as he enjoys the real stuff from time to time. I gave it a 3 star as I have not tried any of the other vegan cream cheese spreads mentioned here in the comments. Plus, the price is right 😉

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The Worst Vegan Cream Cheese

Kite Hill, Daiya, and Miyoko make fantastic cream cheeses. This is watery, tastes like sour cream - this is not even remotely like cream cheese. If it slides off a lukewarm bagel because it is more liquid than cheese it is not cream cheese. Hey editor, how many months has it been since you bought this? Maybe go buy it again. I nominate this for the worst vegan dairy alternative I have ever tasted after almost 8 years of living vegan. Just gross and runny. No taste, no salt, liquidy, gross texture. Is it supposed to be sour cream? I remember it being different

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They changed it... FOR THE WORST

The trader Joe's cream cheese used to be one of my favorite for vegan cream cheese. The last two times I've purchased it, it has essentially been a cream cheese soup. The first time I bought it I assumed it was just a bad batch. I bought it again this week, and it is runny and nasty. Either it's really bad quality control or for some reason they change the recipe. Will not purchase ever again

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non-vegan

I am not vegan in the least but this was my absolute favorite cream cheese. I prefer this to the real thing as it tastes so good. I am disappointed in the recent recipe change. It is still good but it was so much better before. I now pour out the liquid when opening a new package but still not the same and it spoils much faster now.

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Gross

I came looking for reviews to make sure I wasn’t the only one who noticed the recipe changed. This is used to be my favorite like everyone else, but I noticed over the summer it’s changed. much runnier and tastes knarly. spoiled after a week of being open and had to throw it away. wtf!!!

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Usually great but changed?

This is my favorite cream cheese but I swear they changed something recently bc it was not the same this time!! From reading more recent reviews sounds like it’s not just me... I hope whatever they changed goes back because it used to be my favorite and the most affordable.

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Disgusting

Bought this based on the reviews here. As others have said, they seem to have changed the recipe because the stuff I bought isn't at all like cream cheese in taste or texture. Very runny to the point that it will drip off a bagel if you tilt it.

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RECIPE HAS CHANGED

the newest batch of this is gross, it tastes nothing like it used to! Not sure what they changed but it is a bummer..

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Tastes awful

All I got was a chemical fish taste. Absolutely the worst! I can’t find anyone who feels the same way as I do about it so maybe mine was spoiled? No idea.

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