Costco Plant-Based Babybel: A Vegan Cheese Review

Are you on the lookout for a dairy-free, vegan cheese that actually tastes good? Look no further! I recently discovered the Plant-Based Babybel at Costco and couldn’t resist giving it a try. In this review, I’ll share my thoughts on how this vegan version compares to the beloved classic Babybel that both adults and kids adore.

Absolutely No More Bad Vegan Cheeses

Let’s face it – there are some pretty awful-tasting dairy-free “cheeses” out there. As someone who has tried numerous vegan cheese products, I can confidently say that they range from horrible to just okay. But I’ve never come across one that truly blew me away. That’s why I have high hopes for these vegan Babybel from Costco. Could this be the best-tasting non-dairy cheese I’ve ever tried?

Before we dive into the details, let me mention a few other vegan products you can find at Costco. They have a fantastic selection that includes Dairy-Free Boursin, So Delicious Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Cashew Frozen Dessert Bars, Wholly Veggie Buffalo Cauliflower, Maison Riviera Coconut Milk Vegan Delight, Dr. Praegers California Veggie Burgers, Good Foods Plant Based Queso Style Dip, Beyond Meat Beyond Sausage, Jojo’s Guilt-Free Chocolate, and the RX Protein Bars.

Aisle Adventure: Finding Plant-Based Babybel

As you stroll through the aisles of Costco, make your way to the refrigerated deli section. You’ll find the plant-based Babybel nestled among the cold-cut meats, cheese, and dips. Look for the green wrapper and wax seal – a playful twist on the classic red wrapper. Don’t forget to grab their item number, 1610555, for easy identification.

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The Taste Test

At first glance, the vegan Babybel looks strikingly similar to the original. The familiar mini wheel shape and a surprisingly similar texture make it feel like a promising contender. Both versions have a firm, slightly rubbery texture. However, in terms of taste, these plant-based cheese wheels don’t hit the mark for me. The first bite unveils an unpleasant plastic, waxy flavor that fails to impress.

But don’t despair just yet! As you continue chewing, the initial plastic taste transforms into a buttery coconut flavor. While it doesn’t resemble traditional cheese, there is a noticeable salty creaminess that somewhat mimics its essence. Interestingly, my husband, who typically dislikes the smell of vegan cheese, mentioned that these Babybel smelled just like normal cheese.

Price Check: Affordable Vegan Cheese

Now let’s talk about the cost. A 400-gram bag of 20 plant-based Babybel costs $12.99 Canadian at Costco. Considering that these individually packaged vegan cheese wheels are convenient for on-the-go snacking, the price seems quite reasonable.

Convenience at Your Fingertips

Each mini wheel of cheese comes neatly packaged in a wax seal and wrapper, making them incredibly convenient to toss into your lunchbox, bag, or purse. They pair excellently with crackers, nuts, dried fruit, cold-cut meats, and raw veggies. It’s worth noting that Babybel needs to be refrigerated and is a product of France. The best-before date extends just over two months from the time of purchase.

Nutritional Snapshot

Let’s take a closer look at the nutritional profile of these plant-based Babybel. Each wheel contains 50 calories, four grams of fat, four grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fiber and sugar, zero grams of protein, and 150 milligrams of sodium. While they may not offer substantial nutritional benefits, with minimal calories, fat, and sodium, it’s a guilt-free indulgence. However, keep in mind that you’re essentially consuming coconut oil and potato starch with little else to offer.

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The Ingredients Story

The main ingredients in these plant-based Babybel are potato starch and coconut oil. Gluten-free and vegan (thus dairy-free), they are an option worth considering if you’re craving cheese but following a vegan or dairy-free diet. It’s important to note, though, that these cheese wheels don’t contain many nutritious ingredients.

The Verdict: Walk On By!

In all honesty, I can’t say that I enjoy these plant-based Babybel. The plastic, waxy taste just isn’t my cup of tea. However, I’m eager to hear what others think. Have you tried the plant-based Babybel from Costco? I’d love to know your thoughts!

Please remember that this review is not sponsored or paid for by any third party. I purchased this product for the sole purpose of creating an unbiased review. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. If I do receive compensation for a post from the manufacturer or any other third party, rest assured that I will clearly disclose it (including if I receive a free sample of the product).

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