There are many different brands of vegan cheese available in the USA.
The most common types of vegan cheese are made from soy. Popular brands include Dr. Cow, Sheese, and Tofutti. As well as these widely available brands there are also small companies selling more unusual varieties such as rice-based coconut-based cheese.
Some of the most popular brands of vegan cheese in the USA are:
Dr. Cow tree nut cheeses:
These come packed in an airtight tin with wax paper on top to keep out the air. There is no refrigeration needed for this product until after opening because the natural bacteria in them protect against spoilage. This makes them ideal for travel since they can be carried unrefrigerated in a backpack without any problems. The taste is very mild taking on the flavor of whatever they are mixed with. They are also organic, gluten-free, and soy-free.
Sheese comes in different flavors including garlic & chives, smoked cheddar style, blue stilton style, and more. They can be purchased online or at many health food stores across the USA. The ingredients include cashews, coconut oil, lemon juice, and salt for flavorings making them soy-free as well as gluten-free.
This brand is sold mainly through sellers on amazon or Etsy who often import it themselves which can make it difficult to find but very cheap when you do manage to track some down. It is/lactose/soy/gluten/wheat-free and is made from coconut oil which is saturated fat. It has a texture that can be sliced or grated. The taste of this cheese is described as mild with a slight sweetness to it.
Soymage vegan cheeses:
This brand can be found in some large health food stores in certain areas of the USA especially the mid-West and East coast states. They have an extensive range including American flavor, smoked gouda, mozzarella style slices, cheddar slices, and many more.
Trader Joe’s brand cheeses:
Trader joe’s started selling Buttery Spread years ago which was their take on vegan butter before it became popular to call something ‘butter’ if it was vegan. They now also sell vegan cheese slices and other cheeses which are all lactose/cholesterol-free, non-GMO, and made from vegetable oils.
This brand can be found in many major grocery stores across the USA including Walmart, Target, Albertsons, etc. It does not specify on its packaging if it is gluten-free or soy-free but several varieties do fit into these diets so it may well be suitable for some people with allergies.
Plain cheddar flavor soy-free & wheat/gluten-free are available at Whole Foods Market nationwide. Also available at Stop & Shop regional supermarket chain.
They also have pepper jack chocolate cheesecake & blueberry cream cheese available only at select Whole Foods Market (believe it is southern CA).
The best vegan cheese is the one that you like. There are many different types of vegan cheese in the USA which you can choose from. Try them out and see which ones taste good to you!