Koko are a well known brand in the vegan community and many love their milk, yoghurts and desserts. Making dairy free alternatives using freshly pressed coconut milk, they are bought by those who are keen to also avoid soya too. One of my most liked and shared posts from Facebook recently was the announcement that Koko were launching a dairy free cheese at Waitrose.
As part of their new specific vegan section in store, Waitrose are the first supermarket to sell this brand new line for Koko. Released on June 4th, there is a Cheddar style and cream cheese spread alternative. I decided I would try the cheddar version as I have never been a big fan of soft cheeses, even before my veganism. I will be reviewing more items from Waitrose as I go as I know many are interested in hearing about The Happy Pear’s ready meals.
On special offer, the dairy free alternative is retailing at £1.80 at the moment. It makes a change to see an introductory offer like this on vegan products (seeing as Ben & Jerry’s are still charging us through the nose for their ice cream after 9 months of availability). Comparing 200g of Koko to Daiya at £4.50 (currently on sale in Sainsbury’s exclusively) I know which I’d be purchasing!
When opened the packet there didn’t seem to be that normal smell which makes people recoil with vegan cheese. It also seemed to have a slightly crumbly texture when cutting. Unfortunately the taste was overwhelmingly of coconut, more than other brands using the same base ingredients.
I didn’t feel the description of ‘cheddar’ was accurate as there wasn’t really a strong cheesy taste either. It is quite mild, in my opinion. I’m one of a raft of vegans who desperately wish we could get dairy free alternatives that aren’t made exclusively from coconuts and this hasn’t swayed me, I’m afraid.
Due to the oil content it melts ok, but I can’t get away from the taste. In a sandwich with a strong pickle or chutney it may work, however. I’ve seen positive reviews from others so. like many food stuffs, it is a preference thing. Koko will not be making it into my Top 10 Vegan Cheese list, but I am pleased to see more options on the market.
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