If you’ve read my other blog, you’ve probably seen that my son CJ is severely allergic to milk. This breaks my heart as cheese is my main food group. I eat cheese for every meal, and I wash it down with a nice glass of 2% milk. Since we found out about his allergy when he was about 10 months old, we’ve slowly cut all dairy out of our life. It kills me. We don’t have any cheese, and we drink soy milk. When we go out to eat, I ask for 2% milk like it is a treat.
So when Stacie asked me if I wanted to review WayFare Foods, makers of non-dairy cheeses, I said “IN MY MOUTH PLEASE?!” Ok, I was a little more reserved than that, but I was really excited. WayFare was founded by Kelly Coffin, a father of four who needed to immediately pull all dairy from his families diet, and was disappointed with the selections that he found. The non-dairy products are made from whole-grain oatmeal and they are all natural, vegan, kosher, and certified gluten-free.
WayFare kindly sent me samples of all of their products: We Can’t Say It’s Cheese Sour Cream, We Can’t Say It’s Cheese Cheddar- Style Dip, and Wayfare Pudding.
First, was the Cheddar-style dip. This came in three flavors. Mexi-dip, cheddar spread, and hickory smoked spread. I’m going to be honest. I didn’t care for the cheese. I couldn’t get past the grainy texture. I will admit thought that I am a cheese snob. My husband picked up the hickory smoked flavor out of the refrigerator without knowing what it was and ate it like a dip. He told me later “That dip was really good, we should get some more.” He and CJ also both liked the mexi-dip flavor. I found those to be better than the plain cheddar-style dip. I think without the added flavoring, it was just too plain to make up for the grainy texture. So in short, it was passable as a dip, but I don’t think I would use it as a replacement for cheese.
Next was the sour cream. This too had a slightly grainy texture, but to me, tasted just like sour cream. We had it with baked potatoes and I couldn’t tell that it wasn’t regular sour cream. It isn’t as thick as dairy sour cream, but I think this would be great to make dips with or put it in your tacos. CJ and my husband both ate it with no complaints.
Finally, was the pudding. This was my favorite. It was delicious. I got to test the chocolate, butterscotch, and vanilla flavors. They were all awesome. CJ and I shared them. He’s never had any sort of pudding before so he was in heaven. I took pictures of him covered in chocolate pudding, but I can’t find them anywhere. The pudding’s consistency was a little thicker than regular pudding. I’d say it is more like custard. The grainy texture wasn’t there at all, and the flavors were delicious. It was probably the best tasting pudding I’ve ever had.
In the end, I was really pleased with WayFare’s non-dairy offerings. They are a great option for our poor little allergic baby. They were good enough that I could keep them in the house to stave off my ridiculous cheese cravings without putting the baby in danger. I would definitely recommend their products. They are soon to be coming out with a non-dairy ice cream that I cannot wait to try. Their products are available at most Whole Foods. To find out more information, you can check out their website or add them on Twitter @wayfarefoods, and on Facebook.
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Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.