Yesterday, I had a chance to sample Sheese, a vegan cheese imported from Scotland (there known as Scheese). For all vegans that have been waiting for a cheese product that you can actually eat plain… it’s here.

Now, I haven’t tried Cheezly yet (any UK folks that would be willing to ship me some and get reimbursed?), but Sheese is far and away the best soy cheese I’ve had yet. My wife tried it, too. Now, she’s content with the standard Veganrella/Vegan Gourmet/Uncheese Cookbook options but is also fiending for a vegan cheese that is truly like the real thing. When I handed her a piece of Sheese and she bit into it, her eyes opened wide and she said, “Wow. There’s no difference in taste or texture between this and real cheese.” Clearly, this stuff is amazing.

My local health food store is likely going to start carrying it soon. They couldn’t say how much it would cost just yet, though I know Food Fight had it for $9.75. That’s pretty damn expensive, but hopefully this new import deal Sheese has with Black Duck Imports will make it more affordable.

Available flavors: Blue, Cheddar & Chives (the one I tried), Cheshire, Edam, Gouda, Hickory Smoked Cheddar, Medium Cheddar, Mozzarella, and Strong Cheddar.

(Thanks to Steve at Healthy By Nature for letting me sample this good stuff.)

A few products I’m loving right now

I always love trying out new vegan products and in some cases I consider it my duty. After all, how can I report about strawberry-flavored Ricemellow Creme if I don’t buy some and eat it with everything?

So, here’s my lastest rundown of vegan products I’m loving right now:

  • Lamas Spa Sensation Hand Cream: When winter time rolls around, my hands are crazy dry. Everything I’ve tried helps a little, but my skin still cracks and my hands look like those of a 90-year-old man. This stuff, though, seems to do a better job than anything else I’ve tried. Plus, it smells excellent and isn’t oily.
  • Cindy’s Kitchen Creamy Miso Dressing: I’ve been on a creamy dressing kick as of late, and this is definitely one of my new favorites. Even though it says “miso” in the name, it doesn’t really have any miso taste. It’s just a rich, delcious, creamy dressing that tastes great on salads, as a dip, or as a toothpaste. OK, maybe not that last one, but only because I haven’t tried it yet.
  • Nasoya Tangy Blue Dressing: A vegan blue cheese? Believe that! Great stuff. (There’s also a dead simple recipe for a blue cheese dressing in the Michael Franti issue of Herbivore. It’s just as good and maybe a little better because you can make it as chunky as you’d like.)
  • Peppermint Chocolate Vitasoy: Bloody hell this stuff is amazing. I concur with the folks over at the PPK forums, though… this stuff should be fortified, then I could feel better about drinking this stuff at every meal.

What’s tickling your fancy this holiday season?