Kite Hill Cream Cheese Review
Here we go! Finally a new alternative to the Toffuti cream cheese. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Tofutti brand, but I have been craving something else, something new, fresh, different.
There are many other brands out there. Unfortunately, most of them taste like liquid tofu. Terrible!
Kite Hill is one of those progressive companies launched out of Silcon Valley and poised to become a leader in plant-based cheese and non-dairy yogurt production.
Founded by vegan celebrity chef Tal Ronnen, French cheesemaker Monte Casino, and Stanford biochemist Dr. Patrick Brown, the startup is backed by venture capitalist firm Kholsa Ventures — which also invests in “Just Mayo” producer Hampton Creek and the online grocery service Instacart. Former C.E.O. Matthew Sade, now Founder and Co-CEO of Freeli foods, helped turn Kite Hill into the company it is today.
“We want to change the entire dairy landscape and were building a whole platform of plant-based products that will completely change how people view categories from entrees to cheesecake. Artisan cheese will be a very small part of what this company will become in the next couple of years.” – Sade tells Food Navigator.
Firstly, I loved the texture of this product, right off the bat. It was more fluffy and airy than some of the others I have tried in the past.
I tried the Chive version first. It had a nice “twang” to it. Not too sour, and a bit sweet. It paired well with my Dave’s Killer Everything bagel and toasted Dave’s Killer Bread and I immediately fell in love with it! I ended up making two bagels smothered in this stuff and didn’t think twice about it.
What I love the most about these two products, is the simplicity of the ingredients. So many of the others like Tofutti and Daiya use starches like Tapioca and potato which lends to a more grainy, flat, mouth-feel. They use other stabilizers like glycerin and pea protein isolate as well. And the big one, Titanium Dioxide! This ingredient makes it white and scientists are not so sure its really good for you. It is a naturally occurring mineral used as a bright white pigment for paint, in the food industry as a coloring, in sunscreens and cosmetics, and in other industrial uses!
Check this out! Here is what Kite Hill uses:
- Almond Milk
- Xantham Gum
- Locust Bean Gum
- Guar Gum
That’s it! It is so simple, that one could deduce that one could make this at home. However, there is definitely more to it that simply mixing up these ingredients. They have perfected the method of culturing and the proportions are spot on as well. Soy-free, Dairy-free, nut-free, gluten-free!
How about the Nutritional Facts? A serving size of Kite Hill Plain Cream Cheese Style Spread is 1 ounce (28 grams)…or about 2 tablespoons. There are 8 servings per container. One serving will provide you with 78 calories, 6 grams of fat (healthy fat from almonds), 170 mg sodium, 3 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams of sugars, and 3 grams of protein!
So what are you waiting for. Go grab you a couple tubs of this stuff! You can find it at Whole Foods, Sprouts, Publix, Target, and other retailers across the country. Just look in the cream cheese aisle…and pick you up some of those Dave’s Killer bagels while you are at it!