I have to start my product reviews off with the BEST vegan product I've ever tried. Years ago when I started to more closely examine the foods I ate, I started gravitating toward a predominantly plant-based diet knowing eventually I wanted follow a completely vegan diet, but at that time felt no urgency to do so for health benefits alone.
Since 2012, each time I came upon a vegan alternative to one of my favorite foods I would try it, and switch whenever I found one I liked. I started getting worried however when I decided to go completely vegan and still hadn't found a vegan cream cheese I would consider eating. Cream cheese (Well, neufchâtel. I had switched to that years ago because of its "healthier" properties) is pretty much a staple in my life; bagels, sauces, dips, apps, mac and cheese, everything. Every kind I tried was a disappointment, tasted like a whipped up oil, and were just never worth it. I began to think cream cheese would just be a thing of the past.
Then, JUST in-time, my local grocery store decided to stock some Kite Hill Cream Cheese...
kite hill pictured in photo from wokwildside's Instagram
Life-changing! First they stocked the Regular, and then they stocked my favorite flavor ever, Chive. Both of them are cream cheese heaven and exceed expectations! Texture and flavor are perfect. They are creamy and rich in flavor that actually tastes like cream cheese whether on a bagel, spread on a cracker, in a sauce, or mixed in a dip. Perfection.
My favorite part about this cream cheese... It's made from almond milk, not partially hydrogenated oils (that you want to make sure to avoid to begin with - here's why) like many other vegan cream cheeses, so you can enjoy it without worrying about eating something you should be avoiding.