The holiday season has all sorts of associations for different people. Rather shallowly and greedily, one of the things I love about Christmas is the food, especially cheese. I was really pleased to see some new (to me) vegan cheeses on the Veggie Stuff website. So, without further ado, it’s a vegan cheese showdown <hum the Rocky theme tune here>.
The two cheeses are Jeezini Intens and Green Vie Smoked Gouda flavour.
Obviously, the most important criteria on this site is ingredients. The Green Vie’s ingredients are “Water, Coconut Oil (Non-Hydrogenated) (24%), Modified starch, Sea Salt, Vegan Flavourings, Smoke Flavouring, Colour: Natural Beta Carotene, Preservative: Sorbic Acid, Vitamin B12”. The Jeezini ‘s ingredients are “Water, Plant Based Fats (Shea Kernal Oil, Coconut Oil) (23%), Modified Starch, Starch, Sea Salt, Vegan Flavour (Contains Soya Bean Oil), Olive Extract, Colour: B-carotene.” They are both free from dairy, gluten, lactose, and palm oil. The Green Vie brand is also soya free, while the Jeezini includes soybean oil.
Round One to Green Vie on points
Now, price – the Green Vie was £2.85 for 180g and the Jeezini Intens was £3.50 for 200g.
Round Two to Green Vie on points
Finally, it’s the taste test. Recklessly, and despite all my previous experience with vegan cheese, I decided to try a slice uncooked. The Jeezini was not good; it had that weird soapy taste that vegan cheese often has. The Green Vie tasted really good. To be fair, the Veggie Stuff website had a tip about the Jeezini “Best served at room temperature, as the flavour and texture is improved when warmer. This cheese alternative melts very well, ideally under direct heat like grilling or also zapped in a microwave.” I grilled the cheeses on a wrap. The Green Vie was still really good. I am afraid that the Veggie Stuff website and I will have to agree to disagree. Heating the Jeezini just made it stinkier and soapier. At this stage, I decided to take The Green Vie Smoked Gouda to the ultimate level – the mighty crisp sandwich. Some of the cheese and crushed Pom Bears in a wrap turned out to be the crowning glory of this taste test. The Jeezini was consigned to the rubbish bin, which as I am both frugal and greedy gives you an idea of how bad it really was.
Round Three – win by knock out to Green Vie.