Here come the little teeny plant-based cheeses

Small wheel of orange cheese
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I feel bad for vegan cheese. It’s the Paul Giamatti of cheeses, often inspiring fear and dread because of a few misanthropic missteps. But no one should have to live without a pleasant, cheddar-y tang and the fun distraction of cracking open a waxen wheel to reveal their afternoon snack—which is why French company The Bel Group will soon launch a host of new plant-based cheese options including vegan mini Babybel cheeses.

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The Bel Group is the company behind brands like Babybel, The Laughing Cow, and Boursin. Veg Out magazine reports that the company is working on healthy, vegan-friendly options since acquiring French startup All In Foods, the company behind plant-based brand Nature & Moi. The Bel Group has also partnered with Vegenaise makers Follow Your Heart to launch a plant-based Garlic & Herbs Boursin cheese spread. The creamy spread is totally vegan and non-GMO project verified, made from organic expeller-pressed canola oil and coconut oil. Sounds like the perfect bagel waiting to happen, no?

No word yet on the vegan Babybel’s flavor profile or release date, although the vegan Boursin is supposed to drop in time for the holiday season. According to Veg Out, the latter will soon be available on Amazon. Regardless, the new cheese options represent a turning tide on the plant-based scene. Where vegans were once relegated to time-intensive, highly pricey meal options, grab-and-go goodies like these are perfect for slathering, sharing, and popping into your backpack for an office snack. If ease is the only thing keeping you from increasing your plant-based product intake, this could be the sign you need.

Staff writer @ The Takeout. Pork shoulder princess @ Chicago.

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apollomojave
ApolloMojave

My son has a dairy allergy so I’ve tried all of the vegan cheese alternatives and holy hell are they ever terrible. The only one that I can even tolerate is the cashew mozarella that some pizza places have started using which basically has no taste at all, which is a giant step up from the offensive taste that the rest of them have.

This is really the area that companies should be throwing resources into as most vegans that I’ve met - and I’ve met quite a few - have a much harder time giving up cheese than they do meat.  Like they wouldn’t be going vegan if they couldn’t give up meat while cheese is more like collateral damage.