When asked what they miss most about being vegan, most people usually reply with either bacon or cheese.
So to help cater for their cheesy needs – by without delving into the dairy – EAT coffee chains have just started selling a completely vegan ‘Gouda’ toastie.
Made using mushrooms, caramelized onions and garlic mayonnaise on a multi-seed bloomer, it’s then topped with a layer of vegan smoked ‘Gouda’ cheese that melts when toasted in store.
But rather than cramming the fake cheese full of soya, it’s instead made out of none other than coconut and potatoes to give it the same creaminess as normal cheese.
Setting you back £3.99, the completely vegan mushroom melt is joined by another new – but this time meaty – counterpart: The American Melt.
Very different to its vegan sibling, the American Melt contains smoked ham, Emmental cheese, sliced gherkins & American mustard all in a multi-seed bloomer, for £4.25.
Both new additions are part of the brand’s autumn menu, which is available from today across all stores in the UK.
They will be accompanied by two returning favourites: Beef Bourguignon and Chicken Panang Curry Hot Pot.
EAT will also be offering free samples of the new Mushroom Melt and The American Melt across all U.K. stores until 12th September, available at lunch times while stocks last.
Emily Williams from the EAT. food team comments: ‘We’ve created a hearty plant-based toastie, ideal for the colder months. Our vegan smoked ‘Gouda’ is made from coconut and potato but has the texture, melting characteristics and complex flavour of regular cheese, we can’t wait for our customers to try it.’
Holly Oades, Customer Director, EAT., adds: ‘We are thrilled to add a delicious and filling vegan toastie to our menus this autumn. We believe our vegan ‘Gouda’ is the best plant-based alternative on the high street, and challenge everyone to try and taste the difference.’