Nothing says American culture like American cheese. Highly processed, neon-orange in color and made up of a mish-mosh of other cheeses, it's our country in a cellophane wrapper.
Vegans, however, have had to make do with less-than-impressive substitutes for this kitchen staple.
Luckily, Follow Your Heart has released a new, sliced American cheese product that's impressively close to the real thing. It melts easily, offers the viscous consistency we're used to and does its duty when pressed into a traditional grilled cheese.
Dairy-free, lactose free, casein free, non-GMO and soy free, the cheese is made with a coconut oil base that creates a smooth, creamy texture.
"As manufacturers of vegan cheese since the early 2000’s, we have been looking for new and unique flavors to add to our line. We already had a cheddar block and shred so the American block and slice seemed to be the perfect addition to our vegan cheese family," says Laura Sklov, marketing coordinator for Follow Your Heart.
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When put to the test a la a simple grilled cheese, it passes with flying colors, melting quickly and creating a final product that looks identical to its dairy counterpart.
Taste wise, the cheese isn't entirely identical to Kraft singles, but it does have a creamy, rich flavor that's pretty close. Pop them on top of some Beyond Meat Beast Burgers at a summer barbecue, and it's likely no omnivore would know the difference.
"The American Slices have become a big hit with our consumers. The convenience of the slices and the versatility for quick and easy recipes makes it a slam dunk for families," adds Sklov.
With products like these, plus innovations from Kite Hill, Field Roast, Treeline, and more, the vegan cheese market is improving every day.