Review of Violife Creamy Original Vegan Cheese

Review of Violife Creamy Original Vegan Cheese

The Violife creamy original cheese was bought from Tesco at a price of £2.00. So for a 200g tub thats a £1 for 100g of vegan cheese goodness.

First impressions are the packaging, a plastic tub with a plastic foil wrap lid and then another plastic lid on top of this.

The Violife creamy original cheese was bought from Tesco at a price of £2.00. So for a 200g tub thats a £1 for 100g of vegan cheese goodness.

First impressions are the packaging, a plastic tub with a plastic foil wrap lid and then another plastic lid on top of this.

The branding looks appealing, inviting and houses the Vegan symbol to the top left corner of the cheese lid so is easily seen on a supermarket shelf.

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Review of Violife Creamy Original Vegan Cheese

Appearance

Its appearance is smooth, white and creamy. The whole tub is filled with a smooth creamy cheese that is just waiting to be scooped out.

There are no herbs, bits or extra flavours, this is a plain cream cheese that looks solid inside the tub but is easy to scoop out with a knife.

Aroma

There is very little aroma to this cheese, it is rather plain and simple in its cheese aroma.

There is a very subtle creamy and sour smell when you open the tub and spread the cheese on to a cracker or bread. Not very distinctive but it is there.

Violife do alternative cream cheese which have different flavours and aromas such as with black pepper, herbs or hot peppers if you're looking for something to eat with vegan crackers.

Flavour

I have been pleasantly surprised with how the Violife creamy original cheese tastes.

It is very creamy with a touch of saltiness and a little remiscient of a greek yoghurt.

If you're after a sour cream cheese that is vegan and plant based, this is absolutely perfect for that. Which means it will be great to add to other dishes which has strong tastes and flavours as this will add a bit of creaminess to a dry dish, something like pasta is perfect.

Or if you enjoy flavoured vegan crackers and want a subtle cream cheese spread on top, look no further.

Texture

The texture of the Violife creamy original is just that, wonderfully creamy. When you peal back the lid and pop the knife in to scoop out the cream cheese, it look specifically smoothly created.

Once scooped onto the knife you can still see how solid the cream cheese is especially if it has been in the fridge for a little while.

Its consistency makes it easy to scoop and just as easy to spread over any delicious treat, crackers, biscuits or even lasagne sheets.

Its texture also makes it great for adding into creamy sauces and pasta dishes.

Longevity

Best before date of 03/12/2020 now considering we bought this on the 06/01/2020 and when it was probably made, gives quite the long shelf life if not openned of under a year.

 

Summary

The Violife Creamy Original Cheese is one that is plain and simple, making it an easy addition to sauces, creams and pasta dishes to thicken and to cream the dish up. It also works in a more solid cream consistancy to be spreaded onto snacks, crackers.

Environmental Credentials

All violife products are made in greece and with the item bought from Tesco in the UK that is a consideration. Violife is a popular brand thoughtout the UK so large items are most likely shipped in builk.

The brand is owned by a larger non-vegan brand though, which means their environmental credentials aren't as good as 100% vegan brands.

To the underneath of the tub there is tidy man symbol which means the product encourages good waste management after use by emphasising do not litter and dispose of carefully and the most appropriate manner.

Next to this symbol you'll also find a black and white mobius loop yin yang symbol, this one always catches me off guard. A symbol that appears to suggest recycling however this symbol actually means that the manufacturers of the product have paid into a scheme that contributes to the recycling of packaging.

The whole of the packaging, other than the foil lid, for this Violife creamy orginal cheese is plastic. When it comes to plastic recycling its not quite straight forward so we had a good look at the packaging for any other symbols to find a 1 Resin Identification Code number within 'chasing arrows'.

This stands for PET or PETE and means the product packaging is polyethylene terephthalate a commonly used plastic often used in single use bottles. This type of plastic can be recycled by many counties recycling schemes in the UK. This symbol was only found on the lid of the packaging and not the peel off lid or the tub.

There is not a huge list of ingredients and the main ingredient in this vegan cheese is coconut oil. It doesn't say fair trade or organically used coconut oil, so bear that in mind.

Review score
9
Average: 9 (2 votes)