New Food Find: Milk and Soy Free Cheese Wedges by Daiya

New Food Find for Milk and Soy Allergy:

 

Daiya has created three new "cheese substitutes" that are sold in block form, so you can slice, cube or grate them. The available flavors are Cheddar, Jack and Jalapeno Garlic Havarti. Daiya wedges are vegan,  and free of milk, soy, eggs, gluten, peanuts and tree nuts (except for coconut).

 

These new wedges are hitting the shelves in the U.S. now and will be available in Canadian stores by summer or early fall. Store locator

 

The information shared here is for your convenience only, it is not an endorsement or guarantee of the product's safety. Please read the ingredient labels and contact the manufacturer if needed to confirm the safety of a product for your child.

 

Posted by: Melanie Carver, KFA's Web Developer & News Editor, a long-time vegan and mother of two children with food allergies.

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Hi Adrianp!  Welcome to KFA!  The Daiya cheeses do contain coconut.  You can view the ingredients here: http://www.daiyafoods.com/our-products/cheddar-wedge   These may not be a choice for your child if you are avoiding coconut.  I have heard that Daiya is the a lot better tasting than the rice cheese on the market.

 

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Hi Tricia, Welcome.  I can see why you are so concerned. My first thought is to call the company and inquire about their product and manufacturing practices. It could be that the product was made on equipment shared with other products containing peanuts, but you will not know unless you ask.  Shared equipment issues and advisory labeling do not have to be stated on the label - it's not a requirement of the current labeling laws in the U.S.

 

Since you are new to Kids With Food Allergies Foundation, I'd like to encourage you to log into our support forums to post your questions. You will get more responses this way.  Most of the people posting on this particular blog will be discussing Daiya cheese.

I am new to this sight and have a question. My Daughter was diagnosed with a deadly peanut allergy. Infact I almost lost her last year and had to rush her to the Hospital when My nanny gave her peanut butter without my consent. Today My Daughter ate Hidden valley ranch and sure enough with in minutes she had huge red blotches all around her mouth. How can I know what she was allergic to with so many ingredients? 

Its terrifying not knowing if your child eats something you don't know she is allergic to!

I am new to viewing this site, but this might be an answer to prayer!  My three year old is now realizing she does not get the foods her sister and brother receive and this will be great if I can make her a pizza or tortilla with "cheese".  The others we have tried do not taste well at all so hopefully this will be something new for her.  Being allergic to dairy and egg and having a picky eater is quite a challenge!  Thanks!

Tried melting daiya wedge vegan "cheeses" - I put thin slices on bread then toasted in a toaster oven. Looks like it melts well.

 

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We recently found the "cheddar" and "jack" daiya wedges at our local Whole Foods and got some for our dairy-allergic child to try. He LOVED them and was super excited to be able to have "cheese".

We have used the shredded cheddar and mozarella varieties in a number of recipes, and we love it.  Melts great, smells like dairy cheeses, the melted texture is similar to milk-based cheeses,  The Jalapeno variety was way too spicy for my son, age 11.  Also keeps unopened for months, for weeks opened, and can be frozen.  Only drawback is no calium or protein, really.  Looking forward to trying the wedges...I wonder how the costs will compare?

We found shredded Diaya in chedder and LOVE it!  It's not as good if it's not melted, but it tasted great on pizza and macaroni and cheese!   I teared up when my three year old had his first taste of macaroni and "cheese".  It melts great.

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