It’s one thing to find a vegan substitute for cream cheese that’s "good if you’re a vegan." But I’m no vegan. Still, ever since I tasted Kite Hill's Cream Cheese Style Spread, I've made a beeline for the rich, tangy almond-milk based schmear every time I shop.

As if it wasn't enough to discover a creamy dairy substitute that I would choose to eat purely as a matter of taste and because it's better for me (Kite Hill spreads are a great source of plant-based protein and unsaturated fats), as an added bonus, this delicious stuff is sustainably produced. Win, win, win!

Take home message: Kite Hill spreads are a little dab of plant-based heaven.

Currently, my favorite Kite Hill ritual is a healthy riff on Sunday morning bagels, cream cheese, and lox. Instead of bagels, I get large, flat-bread style seeded crackers and spread them with chive flavored Kite Hill spread, smoked salmon, and fresh dill. It’s completely satisfying.

Kite Hill Cream Cheese Style Spreads are one of 24 snacks we awarded a Taste Test Award. See all the winners–and find out if your favorite brands are among them–in our 2015 Taste Test Awards.

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