How amazing it is to live in a world where we can (finally) say: “Wow another vegan cheese brand?” instead of “OMG I can eat vegan cheese now!”? The dairy industry is still very powerful and huge but it is very positive to see dairy-free products being launched because dairy is still a big step to many people thinking about going vegan (and it was for me too 17 years ago).
There are many options of vegan cheese in the US today but I still think that Europe has a long way to go. Or at least, had it! In the last few years the “vegan cheese fever” seems to have arrived here too with some quality products in the market. The latest and greatest option in my opinion is Violife, born in 2013 in Greece.
For me Violife have three main great characteristics: variety, quality and price. They offer many flavors of blocks and sliced cheese and creamy spreads, plus the specific melty one for pizza. Texture and flavor is really good and I’ve heard many non-vegans making complements to it already! And, finally, price. Yes, cost is something big to consider for many families and usually dairy-free cheese options are expensive but Violife has really good – and fair – prices, making their products more accessible for many vegans in Europe.
Violife is being distributed in Ireland by Art of Zen Foods, which mean we can find their products in many health shops around the country (I’m really glad I can get them in Greystones, no need to go to Dublin anymore for this). I had the chance to chat with the lovely couple behind Art of Zen Foods during the World Vegetarian Day 2014 event and they are doing a great work promoting and distributing Violife in a country where dairy is still a big part of culture and economy.
Our family is consuming Violife products in almost a daily basis. The little one loves it. He comes to me asking “Vegan cheese, mummy, more vegan cheese!” and this is his favorite way of eating it, in small blocks!
Me and my husband are going crazy for “Grilled Cheese” and have been making many of these to our evenings. The sliced options are perfect and melt pretty good. The Original one is my favorite for these, but all the slices are great for this too. We’ve used Violife Peppers to make these little mountain of sandwiches!
Another great ways to enjoy Violife cheese and spreads: bruschetta and pizza! My husband is Italian and we know that Italian foods don’t exactly need cheese to be tasty but it’s great to have them topped with a cruelty-free cheese, isn’t it? To our “cheezy” bruschetta we used the Cheddar Slices again and also two spreads: Violife Creamy Original and Violife Creamy Herbs. Both delicious.
On Sunday my husband made pizza and we still had Cheddar block at home so we used it to top the pizza and it was delicious. Of course Violife For Pizza is the best choice but the other blocks will work too!
And because it took me a while to finish the review it gave me even more time to try Violife in different ways, such as inside croissants!
There are still many recipes I want to try with Violife products and it’s great to know I can have them whenever I want! And we and Art of Zen Foods want to give our readers based in Ireland the chance to try – or to get more – Violife products and we’re running a great giveaway and the prize is this amazing hamper! To participate you just need to be based in Ireland and enter it below! Winner will be contacted on December 12th. Good luck!