It’s no secret that I am not Daiya’s biggest fan. A better description is that I appreciate Daiya– it’s broadening availability, it’s ability to hold pizza ingredients together, the familiarity of a cheese-like substance. But compared to other brands, namely, my beloved Heidi Ho Organics, it doesn’t hold a candle.
On a whim, I thought I would give Daiya a second chance, and bought the jalapeño garlic-style Havarti wedge.
Welcome to Five-Dollar Mistake.
It tastes like the pasteurized cheese wedges you get in Christmas gift baskets, doesn’t have the same freshness found in Heidi Ho, and still has that weird, rubbery texture that will simply NOT melt (even though Daiya claims it does.)
Daiya wedges are tolerable, but only because I like jalapeños. I will finish this block of plastic, but I am definitely looking forward to the day I place my order at Heidi Ho for more Chipotle Cheddar, Feta, Monterey Jack, and Smoked Gouda. Their cheeses cost $6.00 plus shipping, but it’s worth every penny.
Heidi Ho is made with hazelnuts, not palm fruit oil and tapioca. In fact, I polished off the Gouda block last night– I can’t say I have ever done that with any other vegan cheese. It’s literally that good… And AMAZING on enchiladas.
The packaging prevents you from seeing what’s actually inside. I wonder why.
Oh, I see. Because it looks like soap. Or scary pasteurized Christmas cheese. Maybe a Regretsy version of pasteurized Christmas cheese-inspired “natural” soap.
Daiya did NOT pass the straight-off the block test, unlike Heidi Ho, which is amazing by itself, straight out of the fridge. I didn’t bother melting it, because I know it won’t. Heidi Ho melts pretty well.
Daiya left sticky residue on my knife… Heidi Ho leaves a completely clean blade… not even a trace of oil.