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Vegan Cheese Review – Mouse’s Favourite

_MG_0007Today I’m reviewing Mouse’s Favourite – a vegan cheese company who use nuts to create their delicious cheeses. I first discovered Mouse’s Favourite at London Animal Free Festival and was kindly sent four of their products to try out and review! I’m so glad I came across their stall – they’re one of those small yet magical companies whose products you didn’t realise you needed.

I’ll review the individual cheeses in a minute, but wanted to start by saying this is the best cheese company I’ve found overall since being vegan. Honestly, I find many of the most widely available companies can be a bit hit and miss – a lot of companies have created a lot of products to fill the gaps left by dairy cheese. This means a lot of products out there designed specifically to melt on pizza, or specifically to go with pickle in sandwiches or specifically to barbecue like Halloumi and so on. To me it sometimes feels like a lot of single-use cheese: it’s costly and also leaves a gap in vegan cheeses for cheese solely created to taste good. Where is the traditional, gourmet cheese?

Enter Mouse’s Favourite! Gabriele, the company’s founder, explains on the website that she’s tried to incorporate the “rustic beauty of traditional cheese” into their cheeses. The cheese’s have been in development for 5 years, so they’ve really perfected the art of making nut cheese and there’s a huge amount of variety in their products – whilst the website explains that they don’t melt or age like traditional cheese, I found the four samples I tried to be hugely versatile.

Original Creamy Cashew

This is a lovely, creamy cheese with quite a subtle taste. I was a bit dubious at first as I’m not a massive fan of spreadable cheese (I had vague memories of Philadelphia and DairyLea as a child) but actually the texture is a little thicker than what I remember dairy cheese to be, and the mellow flavour was perfect on salted crackers and toast with black pepper. I also made a really good sauce with this cheese by adding a little to a generic pasta sauce I was making – I found it blended well into the consistency. This really came into it’s own which I made an accidental discovery: this is the most PERFECT vegan cheese I’ve found to date for cream and cucumber sandwiches. If you’re planning on hosting vegan afternoon tea then bookmark this for those quintessential British snacks.

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Smoky Creamy Cashew

Slightly stronger taste than the Original, and again slightly thicker cheese. It was more of a pate consistency than a spread which I preferred. Again, I used this cheese for a variety of meals – sandwiches, with jacket potatoes, crackers, in potato salad and so on, and I really appreciated the versatility of this cheese. Vegan products aren’t always the cheapest so to find a hardworking product that lasts for ages is great – with the thicker consistency it wasn’t necessary to use loads of cheese and it lasted us about three weeks (no mould either!).

Rich Aged Dulse

This cheese is one of those outstanding vegan products that non-vegans can’t believe is vegan. The texture is very soft and it has a very strong flavour, more piquant than the other cheeses I tried. I’m out of my depth trying to equate it to some kind of dairy cheese, but imagine something very mature..! I tried in sandwiches, and it was great but I also felt like it was almost a waste of the cheese to be in a sandwich: it deserves quality crackers and fresh seasonings. That’s how good this cheese is! I gave slices of this to many of my “I’d go vegan but I’d miss cheese” friends (btw, lamest excuse ever guys, come on) and nobody had a comeback – it’s just great cheese.

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Cedar Washed Rind

This is another outstanding cheese to shut up dairy fanatics. It’s a slightly harder cheese with a thin rind and the flavour is a bit nuttier and mellower than the Dulse (but still stronger than the two creamy cashews). I found this cheese worked really well baked as well as on crackers/bread and so on, and along with the Dulse it would be perfect on a cheese board. I’ve already added them to my Christmas Cheese Board list!

Mouse’s Favourite don’t have the biggest online presence but are a very friendly and helpful company who deserve a big audience for their incredible cheese. I know this probably sounds like a sponsored post – honestly, I just really enjoyed the cheese, and I wasn’t even a big cheese lover when I ate dairy. That’s how good it is!

You can buy their products at various festivals – I’d check the list and seek them out – or order online; there’s no online shop but you can view the products on their website and drop them an e-mail. Find their Facebook here and their website here. Have you come across Mouse’s Favourite below? Let me know if you try any of their products!

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7 Comments

  • Reply Denise

    That’s really good to find something so delicious! I am a vegetarian since childhood, but I wasn’t really vegan. I only eat things from a small farm (from a friend) that sells some milk to friends after calves are fed by cows, cows are free there, not taken away from calves, not pregnant on purpose and won’t be killed after a few years. It’s a friendly approach. I had to ask them after I read one of your posts; I had no idea of the cruelty before. I need to try these cheeses now, because the ones I have been trying were not good, so I am counting on the ones you recommended now!
    DenisesPlanet.com

    July 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm
  • Reply Kati

    Oh, I’d love to try some of their vegan cheeses, too!
    Lucky girl!

    -Kati
    http://almoststylish.blogspot.de/

    July 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply tapeparade

      They might ship to Europe Kati – they’re a UK based company! If not, you’ll just have to come here to try some 😉

      July 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm
  • Reply Jane

    I had no idea you could get vegan cheese made from nuts! I don’t think I’ve ever seen it around here, I’d probably have to hunt for it in specialty stores. I wouldn’t mind trying it if I ever see it though.

    July 29, 2016 at 2:01 pm
  • Reply Kimberley

    They actually look amazing! One of my best friends is vegan and she’s always after cheese substitutes so I’ll definitely recommend them to her! 🙂 xx

    Kimberley // thecolourchronicles.com

    July 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm
  • Reply Mo

    Love this cheese yummy and nice..beautifully packaged too

    July 31, 2016 at 7:01 pm
  • Reply actionfigurescollectionsblog

    nice

    August 13, 2016 at 12:18 pm
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