Here are the contestants.
I tested each cheddar in 3 categories.
Cold, as is, right out of the package, on a cracker.
(I was lucky enough to have a helper test this one. Dominic, my 10 year old nephew helped with this taste test)
Meltability and stretch, on pizza.
Mixability and creaminess, in macaroni and cheese.
Each cheese was scored on taste compared to "real" cheddar, creaminess, and overall taste and texture, and I also gave info on availability and cost. Scores were based on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best.
The results: (Click on the image to take you to Flickr wher you can make it larger and easier to read!)
In addition to the results above, I will add that I most commonly buy Daiya, Wayfare, and Sheese. Once testing was over, I threw away the Vegan Rella, Rice Vegan and Soy Vegan. I would never, ever, ever buy those again. I'd rather just go without, or make my own from scratch.
And to be fair, the best mac and cheese (using fake cheese) was made last night using the leftover Daiya, Teese, Sheese, Vegan Gourmet, plus Tofutti Sour Cream, Tofutti Cream Cheese, Silk Creamer, and Earth Balance. I know, ridiculous. I did it in the name of research.
I would also like to add, as I did before, that I was only testing CHEDDAR flavors, and, in my opinion, the best imitation cheeses out there are not cheddar replacers...Dr. Cow (any flavor), Sheese Blue Cheese, Wayfare Hickory Smoked Spread, and any of the nut based home made cheeses out there blow all of these out of the water!