The newest plant-based dupe to know about is WunderEggs, the very first hard-boiled “egg” to hit the market in the United States that looks and tastes like a hen’s egg. And regardless of whether you’re following a vegan eating plan, they’re worth including in your breakfast spread.
Why WunderEggs are the next big thing in alternative egg innovation
Egg prices have risen by over 60 percent in recent months after shortages due to the spread of the bird flu virus that began early last year. Despite recent reports stating that egg prices are starting to fall, it can still be a challenge to get your hands on a carton (at least one that isn’t impractically expensive) – which is one of the reasons egg alternatives are a can be a godsend for groceries.
And for the people who don’t eat eggs at all, an increase in egg alternatives is also to be welcomed. JUST Egg makes plant-based “eggs” in a variety of shapes such as scrambled, folded, or sous vide bites. But the new product from WunderEggs comes into play when it comes to hard-boiled eggs.
The latest launch from Crafty Counter — an Austin, Texas-based consumer goods company founded by Hema Reddy in 2018 — WunderEggs are nut-based eggs that are free of seven of the eight major allergens (egg, wheat, soybeans, peanuts, shellfish, fish, dairy products). what she Do These include plant-based ingredients like cashews, almonds, and coconuts. And while they don’t contain as much protein as a chicken egg (typically six grams), there are three grams of protein per two-piece serving of WunderEggs, making them an effective way to support a plant-based lifestyle.
Photo: Crafty Counter WunderEggsThey recently won Best New Meat or Dairy Alternative at the 2022 Expo West NEXTY Awards. Currently, WunderEggs are available in Whole Foods stores and online at the Crafty Counter website, but in 2023 the company plans to expand its plant-based egg offering and sell it at more retailers.
I’ve tried WunderEggs and yes they are egg cells
It’s difficult to tell the difference between a WunderEgg and a real hen’s egg based on looks alone. WunderEggs are sold in packs of six and are pre-cut down the center from end to end (remember how you would prepare if you were making deviled eggs). The WunderEgg’s “egg white” (protein) has the same firm, rubbery texture as a traditional hard-boiled egg. By now, the yolk is slightly powdery (like wet sand) and golden in hue.
Photo: Maki YazawaIn terms of how WunderEggs really taste, I’m going to break it down into two parts: the egg white and the yolk. The egg white has a neutral flavor profile with mild hints of coconut and cashews. In terms of texture, it is slightly gelatinous but has a pleasant mouthfeel.
Moving on to the yolk, it breaks down easily on the tongue and has a very mild herbal aftertaste (probably from the rosemary extract on the ingredient list). When eaten together, it tastes similar to a hen’s egg but has its own unique flavor profile that pairs well with almost any recipe that would call for a regular hard-boiled egg. It’s safe to say I was blown away on the first try.
In my opinion, hard-boiled eggs taste even better when paired with another tasty dish — like avo toast or a simple salad. This time I went for the latter and served the WunderEggs on butter lettuce and drizzled with Corto TRULY Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a squeeze of lemon and 365 Everything Bagel Seasoning. It was: *chef’s kiss.*
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