Vegan Caramel, Frozen Pizza, Sheese, And Hickory Spread

February 2, 2011 by Keri

Last month I placed an order full of fun, new-to-me goodies from Vegan Essentials, and although I took photos, the goods are long consumed and I’ve yet to do any reviews.  So I thought rather than make a bunch of little posts, I’d just make one big review-ish post!

I was drawn to the Vegan Caramel Sensation Bar because not only was I craving some good vegan caramel, I had a bad experience making my own.  To sum up my thoughts, this was the best caramel I’ve ever had!  Okay, that isn’t very helpful, and to be fair I haven’t tried any of the other most popular vegan caramels on the market, but it was firm, sweet, and “buttery” with a creamy thin chocolate coating. I’d definitely pick up another one of these sweet treats, and hey, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, quaintly wrapped chocolate-covered caramel is always far better than a glittery card.

I had been hearing rave reviews about Rossini’s gourmet vegan pizzas, too, so I finally bought one.  Frozen pizza is just one of those things that makes me think, “Aww, I miss college,” and while they’re definitely delicious and convenient to have around, I can whip up a homemade pizza in just a little more time than the frozen, so I can’t say these are my thing.  But if the phrase “whip up a homemade pizza” just made you groan, I would still recommend the Rossini’s frozen pizzas.  You could even add your own vegetable toppings and call it semi-homemade!

Sheese was one of those “not what I expected, but not bad either” items.  I ordered blue style and strong cheddar, and even though they say it can be sliced and eaten straight or on crackers, I wouldn’t suggest it.  The cheddar is good, however, shredded for tacos or a pasta topping, and the blue style is fantastic in a salad!  I can’t say I’ll be buying it again, but Sheese isn’t something I can find locally, so I’m glad I tried it out just for the sake of knowing.

Lastly, something I absolutely loved: We Can’t Say It’s Cheese Spread!  I ordered the hickory, and it’s the only flavor I’ve tried, but I definitely want to try the others. This spread reminded me of cheeseballs or spreads my mom would put out as holiday appetizers when I was a kid. The texture was smooth and the flavor rich and smoky. I would put this cheeseless spread out at a party full of nonvegans without hesitation.  In fact, this would be perfect for “the big game” this weekend. If We Can’t Say It’s Cheese is sold in your area, I’m jealous!

Wow, that’s a lot of processed vegan food for one post!

Have you tried any of the products I mentioned above?  What were your thoughts?

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  1. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the reviews! I try to keep this kind of stuff as just treats, so it’s good to know what’s worth trying and what to skip.

  2. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    I LOVE reviews like this! I should do more of them myself… They’re so helpful! That caramel bar has me drooling. I am totally a caramel girl & I haven’t had any FOREVER!

    I LOVE that hickory “We Can’t Say It’s Cheese!” I have tried all the other flavors, and while they’re good, I wouldn’t say they’re any better than homemade nutritional yeast sauces. The hickory one is really special & by far the best! It wouldn’t be a “bad” decision to try the other flavors, but you’re not missing out by skipping them, either. 🙂 Hickory all the way! What I REALLY want to try by that brand is their new sour cream, but no stores near me carry it yet… I see a Vegan Essentials purchase happening soon. 😉

    • Keri says:

      I’m glad they’re helpful! 🙂 Thank you for the tip; maybe I’ll just stick with the hickory.. and maybe try the MexiCheddar too.

  3. Natalie says:

    Yum! It all looks so decadent and bad for you in the best way possible!

  4. Renee says:

    I am able to get the “We can’t say it’s cheese” in my area! Well, sort of. My “local” food co-op is 45 miles away but when I do go there this is one of my temptations. I try not to eat processed food but it has become an occasional treat. I agree, it is yummy!

  5. Tamar says:

    LOVE the We Can’t Say It’s Cheese. Hickory flavor is my fave. Try it with paired with avocado on toast.

    I want to try that caramel bar. Looks delish!

    • Keri says:

      Sounds great! I’m actually allergic to avocados, but for those who aren’t, let me know how it is! 🙂

  6. Stefanie says:

    Looks good. The only product I have tried is the We Can’t Say It’s Cheese. My favorite is the MexiCheddar. Im glad you got to try it. That caramel bar looks good too. Thanks for the reviews.

  7. Brandi says:

    I tried the We Can’t Say It’s Cheese Hickory Spread, but I didn’t like it. The taste was just not for me and it had this weird after taste to it. Thanks for the reviews though I’m not a caramel fan, but that bar does look yummy!

  8. Sarah S. says:

    Welcome back to bloggy land. Great reviews, all new products to me as well. I sense a Vegan Essentials order in the near future!

  9. Melissa says:

    I love We Can’t Say it’s Cheese. SO yummy. And now I’m craving that chocolate. Thank you so much for the reviews.

  10. Tiffany @ Conor & Bella says:

    I’m curious about the We Can’t Say It’s Cheese spreads…I *think* my local Whole Foods sells it, but I’m not sure.

    And vegan frozen pizza would be convenient! We like making our own pizza usually, but sometimes a frozen one would be nice and quick!