Playfood is a new brand of vegan cheese made from raw cashews. It is dairy free, soy free, and gluten free and comes in four flavors - Cheezy Cheese (cheddar), Nacheezmo (spicy southwestern nacho), Whip Cheese (cream cheese) and Cream Tang (sour cream).
Playfood is owned by former Home Improvement star Taran Noah Smith (he played Mark on the show), who began the company with his now-ex wife, raw vegan chef Heidi VanPelt.
I've been following the development of Playfood for a while. Given that there was feuding between the two creators and a battle over ownership of the company, I didn't know if it would ever come to a store near me. Thankfully, the product is now on the market, though it is still in limited distribution.
I found it at my local health food store though not at Whole Foods, so hopefully it will start popping up in more stores soon.
The cheese is great and appeals not just to vegans but to anyone wanting a good-tasting cheese alternative. They are the best-tasting vegan cheeses I've ever tried. There is no aftertaste or funny flavor. Despite it's playful name, this cheese is quite a serious addition to the vegan cheese market.
The cheeses are soft and come in tubs. They can be used cold as spreads or warmed up to use on pizzas, nachos, or anything else you can imagine. I made a grilled cheese sandwich and let's just say it was the best grilled cheese sandwich I've had since giving up dairy products.
The company also has plans to sell ice cream, macaroni and cheese in a box, and hot pockets.