Playfood Vegan Cheese – It’s No Play Food

2017 Update: Playfood is no longer in business, sadly, but since I wrote this article in 2008 a lot of awesome vegan cheeses have hit the market. The good news is that many of them are available on Amazon. A couple of our favorites are the Beyond Better Spicy Cashew Cheese Sauce and Paleo Cheese from Julian Bakery.

You might also want to try making your own vegan cheese at home with the help of a some awesome books, two of which are Artisan Vegan Cheese and Vegan Cheese: Delicious Plant-Based Recipes.

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.

Can’t wait!

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Nuts are always a great part of a vegan diet because they provide the necessary proteins we need. I particularly pistachios and I find them at Yurosek Farms – home grown and slow roasted – organic and yummy!

We fell in LOVE with all the Playfood cheeses. They opened ALL kinds of new foods for our family of 4 where 3 of us have severe milk and soy allergies. There isn’t another cheese substitute on the market that even comes close to this product. The cheeses actually melt smooth and not grainy like other non-cow based cheeses. We found Playfood products for a while at various groceries until the stockpile ran out. Now, we can’t find it. After a bit of research, we read the unfortunate story of the couples and company’s demise. It is very sad indeed… Read more »

The owners wrecked the deal for those of us that have allergies and can’t eat real cheese.

Nasty divorce.

You can google them and read the sad details.

Would be nice if they sold the rights to make the product to someone else and they shared the royalties.

Sadly, they probably won’t do that. Would be the gracious, mature, thing to do.

The Play Food link is not working. Me and a friend really want to find their cheese somewhere in MN! Can’t seem to find a way to contact the company. Can anyone help?