Bumper Violife review

Happy Sunday morning!

The clocks went back and I’ve been up since 8am. I had a particularly annoying day yesterday which ended with me accidentally spraying glue in my face while making Christmas presents. Awful. Anyway, today I thought I would post about my experience with Violife.

The first variety I tried was the classic block.

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My first impressions were that it was soft, very easy to cut and had a mild taste. It wasn’t rubbery or starchy like other vegan cheeses that I’ve tried but I wouldn’t say it had a particularly cheesy taste. The first meal I had this in was a toasted sandwich with Marmite but the Marmite overpowered the taste of the Violife, despite this the texture was nice and it melted decently. The second meal I tried the block in was grated on top of a vegan pasta with garlic olive butter. Again the cheese melted well and added a nice texture to the pasta which I had been missing from my dishes.

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The block grated extremely well so for the third meal I grated it into a cheese sauce which I made with soya milk and cream plus seasonings, I feel like the sauce came out well and I really enjoyed this meal, probably the best thing I made with the Violife block.

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My final view is that I wish the block had tasted cheesier, but I know they make other varieties so maybe they have more taste than the classic. I was glad it didn’t taste of cheese crisps like other vegan cheeses I have tried. The texture of this cheese was great, although I wished it was slightly harder, but I will forgive this as it melts slightly. I would definitely eat this again. I purchased the 200g block for £2.29 at Tesco.

Ingredients: Water, coconut oil (23%), modified starch, starch, sea salt, vegan flavour, polyphenols, and colour: b-carotene.

The next type of Violife I tried was the creamy spreadable in the original flavour, this was creamy, soft and mildly cheesy.

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However, I found it a little difficult to spread onto bread. I had this in sandwiches with the Tofurky slices, cucumber and vegan pate and it was really delicious. I also had it spread on rice crackers on it’s own, and with vegan pate and this was also really nice, it’s quite a moist spread and it really brought life into the rice crackers.

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Finally, I cut off little bits of the spread and put it on top of pasta in tomato sauce as like some sort replacement for mozzarella. I didn’t know what to expect but the cheese held it’s shape and the melt was very minimal, although it melted more when I mixed it in.

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I wouldn’t say this product has the same consistency as something like Philadelphia but it’s also not rubbery either, it’s somewhere in between. It takes a little more effort to spread it but it’s really nice and I would buy this again and would like to try other flavours. I paid £2.49 for the 200g packet in Tesco.

Ingredients: Water, coconut oil (24%), starch, modified starch, sea salt, stabilisers: (sodium polyphosphate, carrageenan, locust bean gum, potassium chloride), vegan flavours, lactic acid, preservative: sorbic acid, and colours: (titanium dioxide, b-carotene).

The last Violife product I tried was the slices, I chose the mozzarella variety.

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This cheese has an overpowering smell which doesn’t remind me of mozzarella, it also tastes much cheesier. The taste is buttery but again doesn’t remind me of mozzarella, I just left that idea at the door and tried to enjoy it for what it was. The taste is nicer than the smell and the texture is great, just like a slice of cheese. I will admit that I didn’t have this in a meal, I just ate it straight out of the packet and I’m not even ashamed. I paid £2.69 for 10 slices at my local health food store. I’d really like to try the pizza, hot peppers and smoked flavours soon.

Ingredients: Water, coconut oil (23%), modified starch, sea salt, vegan flavours, mozzarella flavour, acidity regulator: Citric acid, preservative: Sorbic acid, and colour: b-carotene.

Hope you’ve had a good weekend

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