As a FORMER vegetarian, I had memories of eating these when I was 5 years old. On a whim I ordered them to see if they had "improved with age". Sadly BUT expectedly, at 63 years old (me, not the can) they had not. The taste is exactly as I remember. These should only be used in college hazings. As a side thought, while a more mature vegetarian I never tried to replicate meat in my all vegetable/non-meat protein diet. I am at odds as to why a vegetarian would invite or otherwise use, "meat replicas" in their diet. However should you want to, do not do it with this product. If you don't believe any of the negative reviews, I urge you to buy it to try it. It will be last time you ever need to. I waited 58 years and, no improvement. I will not be around in another 58 to give them the benefit of the doubt again.