The selection of vegan cheese that were available in our local stores at this time was limited, but it reflects fairly well the available products in Sweden at this time. All in all, there were not that many surprises in this test: the Scottish brand "Sheese
" got the lowest scores due to its inexplicable sour taste and its poor texture. The different 'Jeezly' cheeses from 'Astrid & Apornas'
scored pretty evenly, but the smoky variant 'Jeezly Rökig
' finished ahead of the other variants due to its delightful balanced smokeyness. The A&A cheese 'Cheezly Cheddar
' had a completely different texture than the 'Jeezly' cheeses, and didn't get much appreciation form the test panel. 'RIV-iera
' is a parmesan-like cheese, also from A&A, which got the most varied score of all; either you hate it or you love it, all depending on if you think of it as a parmesan or not? Would probably work best on a warm pasta dish.
Winner among the brands was evidently Violife's selection of vegan cheese; all three of the tested variants made it into the top 5. Violife's Mature Cheddar grabbed the 1st prize, Congratulations!
In the 'Value for money' category, we have taken the score of each cheese and divided it by the price per gram of the cheese, resulting in a number that reflects the value you get for your money when buying vegan cheese. The winner in this 'Value for money' category was Astrid & apornas original Jeezly, which has the lowest price per kilo (113 SEK/kg), making it a good, and fairly priced, vegan cheese.
It is also worth noting that the 'Sheese' brand once again stands out as the most overpriced vegan cheese with the lowest scores, due to its terrible sour taste. Sorry, Sheese, your products are just not a success =(