Costco Plant-Based Babybel Review

I’ve tried my fair share of dairy-free, vegan cheeses so when I saw these Plant-Based Babybel at Costco it was clear I needed to review them! How does this vegan version of Babybel compare to the classic snack both adults and kids seem to love?

Image of the Costco Plant-Based Babybel bag sitting on a table.
Costco Plant-Based Babybel.

There are some pretty awful-tasting dairy-free “cheeses”. I’ve tried many vegan cheese products and can say they range from horrible to pretty okay but I’ve never found a fantastic-tasting plant-based cheese. I hoped these vegan Babybel from Costco would be the best-tasting non-dairy cheese I’ve tried.

Other vegan products from Costco are the 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.

Location in Store

You can find the plant-based Babybel in the refrigerated deli section at Costco, near the cold-cut meats, cheese and dips. The item number is 1610555.


At first glance, these look really similar to the classic Babybel, instead of a red wrapper and wax seal it’s green, which is fitting. The vegan Babybel is the same mini wheel shape as the classic and surprisingly the texture is also pretty similar. Very firm and rubbery.

Closeup image of a hand holding one plant-based Babybel wheel.
The look and smell of the plant-based version is similar to the classic Babybel.

I think the regular Babybel also has a bit of a rubbery texture. These don’t taste completely horrible for a plant-based cheese product but they’re not great at all. I can’t say I like them. The first thing I notice about these is the unpleasant plastic, waxy taste that hits right away when you first take a bite, not good.

Closeup image of a hand holding one plant-based Babybel with a bite taken out of it so you can see the middle.
The texture is quite firm and a bit rubbery.

The plastic flavor transitions to a buttery coconut flavor that doesn’t taste much like cheese but there is a noticeable salty, creamy taste which is similar to cheese. One thing I’ll note is that my husband pointed out that they smell exactly like cheese. He dislikes the smell of other vegan cheese products I’ve brought home but thought these Babybel smelled just like normal cheese.


The 400-gram bag of 20 plant-based Babybel costs $12.99 Canadian at Costco which I don’t think is overly expensive for an individually packaged, convenient vegan cheese product.

Image of three plant-based Babybel on a white plate, one unwrapped, one with the green wax seal still on and one in the wrapper.
The Plant-Based Babybel come individually wrapped with a wax seal around the cheese.


Each mini wheel of cheese is packaged in a wax seal and wrapper which makes them really convenient to pop in your lunchbox, bag or purse. These pair well with crackers, nuts, dried fruit, cold-cut meats and raw veggies!

Babybel needs to be kept refrigerated and they’re a product of France. The best-before date is just over two months from when I purchased them.


One wheel of cheese contains 50 calories, four grams of fat, four grams of carbohydrates, zero grams of fibre and sugar, zero grams of protein and 150 milligrams of sodium.

There’s not much nutritional benefit to eating these plant-based Babybel. The amount of calcium is meager and there isn’t any protein or fibre.

Nutrition facts and ingredients.


The main ingredients are potato starch and coconut oil and these are gluten-free and vegan (so dairy-free). If you’re craving cheese but are following a vegan or dairy-free diet these may be a way to curb your craving but they really don’t have any nutritious ingredients.


Taste: 5/10

Cost: 8/10

Convenience: 10/10

Nutrition: 5/10 (Not super high in calories, fat or sodium but you’re just eating coconut oil and potato starch).


Walk on by!

I can’t say I enjoy these plant-based Babybel at all. The plastic, waxy taste just turns me off but I’m interested in hearing if others like them!

Have you tried the plant-based Babybel from Costco? What are your thoughts on it?

Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. This product was purchased by Costcuisine for the purpose of producing this review. The opinions in this review are strictly those of Costcuisine. Costcuisine is not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. In the event that Costcuisine receives compensation for a post from the manufacturer of a product or some other third party, the arrangement will be clearly disclosed (including where the manufacturer of a product provides Costcuisine with a free sample of the product).

Join the Costcuisine email list - never miss a review!

Please wait...

Thank you for signing up!

Please note that Costcuisine is not associated with Costco.

10 thoughts on “Costco Plant-Based Babybel Review”

  1. I was so hopeful because the smell was dead on. But it still had that slightly weird flavor many plant-based cheeses have. I don’t know if it’s the food starch used or what. Great review!

  2. Not sure why Natalie is so hard on vegan babybel!
    I’m not a vegan but like eating something that satisfies me and is not dairy with all the issues dairy presents .
    Also not everything I eat must be nutritionally wonderful as long as it’s not harmful !
    Two of these help curb my appetite for a while , while at the same time causing me no harmful effects !
    Natalie ., relax !

  3. I love the plant based babybel. Great for snacking. I love my real cheese and this is one of the best non dairy cheeses that I have found. I didn’t find it had a strange smell, extra greasy feel or coconut flavor, despite the coconut in it. I liked the flavor, texture and the convenience as much as regular babybel. Now that I know it melts well, I will be using it for cheese dips and much more.

    I hope our local Costco brings them back.

  4. I found this review because I was looking for other raves about this product. I cannot express how grateful I am for finding this item. It does taste slightly different than other cheeses but to me it’s just a different cheese. All cheeses taste differently. I agree with your husband that it does smell more like regular cheese than other non-dairy cheeses, but this cheese is so versatile. A snack is great, but they also melt down perfectly. I make a vegan queso and just mix this along with the 505 green chili.
    Since I discovered how nicely it melts down, I have not bothered to eat it cold. It’s a game changer for me.

  5. I think you nailed your review of the Baby Bel Plant based cheese. It was “barely” acceptable to eat. If the purpose of the user is to snack on something that will temporarily eliminate hunger pangs until mealtime then it might be acceptable. It is not horrible but it’s not something that I will buy again. The package is the highlight and frankly the plastic wrap may have more flavor.

    Thank you for the spot on review!


  6. Hi Natalie, Your review of Babybel Vegetal was informative and very helpful. Thank you. Any pointer to a general review of plant-based cheese, as a whole?

  7. We love the Baby Bel plant based cheese!! We don’t think of them as a health food, but as a wonderful yummy treat that didn’t torture cows and their babies. Thank you, Baby Bel!!


Leave a Comment