“ Handy for lunchboxes - especially for the children's, as this product seems to be aimed at them. A healthy fun snack that they enjoy peeling and eating, although a little expensive when not on offer. „
I have purchased Cheestrings occasionally over the years as a lunchbox item for the children. My youngest daughter still loves them although my elder daughter has decided they are no longer relevant for her age. The product is aimed at children and the marketing shows this. Humorous television ads show the cheese man with his wavy locks strutting on a crowded beach. The same genial character smiles out from the distinctive purple packaging of this product.
Cheestrings come in various pack sizes: 4, 8, or 12 Cheestrings. The product comes in original flavour or in cheese and onion or cheese and tomato flavours. Each tubular Cheestring is approximately 12cm long and individually wrapped; convenient for placing in a lunchbox or eating on the go.
The manufacturers are keen to promote the benefits of this unripened cheese product. It is noted as being rich in calcium which is good for healthy bones. Cheestrings contain 25% RDA (for a child) of Calcium and Vitamin D. Each Cheestring is made with a 190ml glass of milk.
A 20g Cheestring contains Calories 61 3.4%, Sugar 0g 0%, Fat 4.5g 6.4%, Saturates 2.8g 14%, Salt 0.4g 10% of a 5-10 year olds guideline daily amount.
Cheestrings must be stored in a refrigerator.
Added Ingredients: Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Lactic Acid), Paprika, Vitamin D.
Suitable for Vegetarians
Free From Artificial Colours
Free From Artificial Flavours
Free From Artificial Preservatives
Whilst I think this product is handy to add to a lunchbox - and kids generally seem to like it - there's no denying that this is quite a strange product. As it sits there in its heat sealed wrap it reminds me of the sort of foods astronauts take into space with them. To my adult eye it looks highly processed and unappealing.
To my taste buds, it is not a very cheesy cheese at all. The flavour is incredibly mild. The main attraction with the product seems to be that you can tear off stringy pieces of cheese from it and dangle them into your mouth like little strips of spaghetti. It is a food that you actively engage with - hence the appeal, I suppose to young children. It's a food that encourages a light-hearted attitude to it; a fun food - with the added benefits of calcium and vitamins.
So for its target audience, this food clearly hits the spot. It's easy to eat; it's fun. And mum's are appeased by the fact it has some nutritional value. I do feel, however, that it is quite an expensive snack for what it is. A pack of 4 Cheestrings is £1.65 at Sainsburys, a pack of 12 is £4. So, it's 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars from me.
Cheese strings are one of those foods which I know are kind of disgusting, don't taste of much, and are pretty lacking in nutrients, however I weirdly like them.
Cheese strings used to come in a few flavours (ham, pizza, etc) but the only ones I ever see on the shelves nowadays are the plain ones, and the 'twister' variety. This is review is about the normal plain ones.
For anyone who has never tried them, Cheese strings are 'peel-able' snacks which are made from a stick (about 5 inches long) of processed cheese and have a kind of rubbery texture which means you can peel strips (or 'strings') from them.
They are made by Kerry Group in Ireland, who are also behind brands such as Mattessons, Wall's and Low Low.
They come in a pack of four, eight, or twelve and can be purchased and most supermarkets including Asda, Tesco and Sainsbury's. I only buy them on offer (which tends to be to four for £1 or eight for £2) as otherwise they can be really overpriced (normally about twice the price which just isn't worth it), but the price really does vary a lot.
Each Cheese String comes in an individual packet and them they are all in a big pack together. They are well sealed in their individual packs and seem to be fine to stay out of the fridge for a while (I have taken them to a festival before and they were fine.) The packs normally have little pictures/facts jokes on them as this product is aimed at children mainly. The individual packet is really easy to open which is handy if kids are having them in their lunchboxes.
Although cheese strings are very processed, they are made from 100% cheese and contain the equivalent of a glass of milk. They are obviously not supposed to be eaten by the dozen but I don't think they're too bad as a snack, just to have one or two. I think they taste quite salty so I definitely wouldn't think it a good idea to eat too many.
Taste wise, they don't taste of an awful lot. Most people I know have said they are disgusting and I can see why they say it. However there is something about them, and I really do like eating them! They do taste a bit of cheese and although that weird rubbery texture is not ideal - I do like it!
Overall I am never going to turn down a piece of Stilton for a cheese string....but I do think they are a nice snack and I will probably continue to eat them on a regular basis!
Seriously, having tried Cheese Strings for the first time several weeks ago, I have to say that there is very little that I have ever found as disgusting as this product. However, having said that, for some reason, my kids love the Cheese Strings - and its bizarre that they really don't seem to be able to get enough of them. It is true that I'm not a huge cheese fan, but I do like a bit of cheddar now and again and, perhaps naively, these strings would be similar to eating a piece of cheddar..........it wasn't!
I bought these Cheese Strings from Tesco's. The packet contained 8 sticks which were 21g each and the packet cost £1.19 - which equates to approximately 15p each. I tend to put one of these in the kids lunch boxes every day as it seems to be a good way to get some extra calcium and protein into them and so for 15p each I think this is pretty good value. Each Cheese String is individually wrapped in a plastic wrapper and so they are kept fresh until opened.
I'm not sure how to describe a Cheese String......except to say that they are pretty disgusting! It looks like cheese, but neither the texture nor the taste is anything like cheese. Its stringy (ok, I know I should get that from the name!), and its kind of spongy and springy in a way that cheese isn't. The cheese can be shred as you eat the cyllinder - and I'm sure it is this process that the kids enjoy, rather than the taste itself. They taste incredibly processed and remind me a little bit of that disgusting plastic cheese that I used to get at school. Although the packet reveals that the strings are made of cheese and colouring and nothing else, I think the cheese must be very low quality because it does not have a cheesy flavour.
As I said, my kids enjoy them - and when I pressed one of them to tell me what they thought of them, they simply stated that they were "yummy, yummy, in my tummy" - helpful, huh?!
My six year old son takes a packed lunch to school every day. In order to add a little variety, and depending upon whatever else he had in his lunch box, once or twice a week I would cut and wrap any cheese I had in the fridge and include that also.
He seemed happy with this for a while but then began asking for the same food stuffs taken by his friends.
Whenever we went to Tesco the cry would be:
'Mum can I have cheesestrings'?
'Please for my lunchbox can I have cheesestrings'?
'All my friends have cheesestrings' (in a pitiful voice).
Being a cruel and wicked mother the answer was always no. I must have been feeling particularly generous one day when I gave in! The cynical amongst you may put this down to the cheesestrings being on special offer :-)
A pack containing 8 cheesestrings normally costs £2.45! Each cheesestring weighing in at 21g and costing approximately 30.6 pence. This equates to £14.59 per kg! This is in my opinion astronomically overpriced when compared to other regular cheeses available eg Cathedral City Mature £9.98 per kg or Cathedral City Extra mature £12.86 per kg.
On this particular occasion, the offer was buy one get one free, so I thought we could give them a go.
The 8 stings are sold individually wrapped in a plastic purple packet, depicting a humanised cheesestring on the front.
Each cylindrical shaped string measures approximately 12 cms and can be easily opened by little hands as the packaging is pre-cut at the top. Each one also provides a fascinating fact on the front eg 'Zimbabwe is the home to the Victoria Falls, the largest waterfall in the world. Imagine having a shower that big at home'!
My son is yet to notice this!
When opened, the rubbery type substance can be torn in to fine strips in order to make lookalike hair! Although I have found this novelty soon wears off, my son however continues to enjoy doing this....
Having tried the strings, I find them tasteless and bland. The term cheese is obviously used very loosely as they do not taste anything like cheese, they are however similar in colour to a cheap orange cheddar.
The product is described as 100% natural cheese containing the natural colour annatto and are
'gently heated and stretched like mozzarella'.
Each string contains:
0.4g salt (11% 0f recommended daily intake!)
Each string also contains 26% of a child's recommended daily intake of calcium.
Further nutritional information can be found when visiting www.cheesestrings.co.uk
My son absolutely loves these, not content with taking just taking them to school he regularly sneaks them out of the fridge!
This is a product I definitely only buy when on special offer.
Over priced, mass produced and tasteless - designed for children, bought by gullible parents!
I have only ever had these a few times, and personally I can't see the attraction for adults, but I can understand why children like them.
A cheese string is basically a rubbery stick of cheese that you can peel and mess with and generally play with before you eat it. They are about 15cm long, and are a cylindrical shape. When you pull a bit off the string does indeed go a bit stringy, and it sort of does feel wrong to eat them without playing with them a bit first.
The taste of these is pretty bland, which is probably why they are so popular with children. They do taste a bit cheesy, but the taste of them reminds me of those cheap cheese slices you can get that come individually wrapped in plastic. They are also incredibly rubbery.
The nutritional information for these is that per cheese string there are 69kcal, 5.9g protein, and 3.1g of fat, which isn't too bad, considering it is cheese.
A bag of 12 of these costs £3.26 at Sainsburys, but they are currently on offer for £2.00 which to me sounds like a good deal, I don't think I would ever buy these at full price as it seems like a bit of a rip off, when you consider you can get a block of cheese for that price, but I guess you are paying for the gimmick.
I myself don't really like these and wouldn't pay that money for them, however I can understand why people like them, and they must be a good option for children's lunch boxes. They aren't a horrible taste, but I would rather spend my money on a block of good cheese.
Since being unveiled to the world in 1996 Cheestrings have gone on to be a popular snack and a regular fixture in many children's lunchboxes. Each Cheestring is pen-shaped and individually wrapped natural cheese that has been heated, stretched and put into shape. The heating/stretching of the cheese has the effect of allowing the cheese to be peeled into strips, almost as thin as you like, and then eaten normally.
Being 100% natural cheese, Cheestrings are far from the unhealthy option, with each Cheestring containing 26% of a child's RDA of calcium and each one containing no artificial colourings or additives (Cheestring website). The taste is not quite as strong as normal cheddar cheese, although you are probably eating less than when you bit into cheddar cheese because you are peeling the Cheestring into thinner pieces.
Admittedly Cheestrings are designed for children, I cannot imagine my granddad peeling his cheese and eating it and the Cheestring character on the packaging hasn't been designed for an adult market either. The packaging is easy to open (I imagine children will have little problems) and they have a long shelf life provided they are refrigerated. That said, I do still enjoy Cheestrings and buy them every now and then as a pack of snacks to have around the house.
Cheesestrings are a great way to get your children to eat dairy products, each cheesestring claims to contain a glass of milk. Which can be hard to get a child to have, without making it into a sweet and sugary milkshake.
They are a great healty snack for your child. Even my partner tends to steal our daughters Cheesestring.
There are 69 calories in a 21g Cheesestring. Cheesestrings contains a natural source of calcium to encourage the growth of healthy bones a teeth. Each 21g cheese string provides 26% of your child's recommended daily allowance of calcium.
They are also available in a light version.
The packaging is very eye catching as your walking down the cheese isle in your supermarket. And most children will point them out as the same character is on the adverts. Each Cheesestring is individually wrapped so they are great to go in your child's lunch box.
They are also suitable for vegetarians.
In a different range of sized packs from 8 to 16. But I have found that they are quite expensive. The average price for the family pack of 16 twisted Cheesestrings is around £4.25, but are usually on offer in our local supermarket.
I first bought these cheese strings when on offer in my local supermarket. I do find them expensive if paying the full price but when on offer at £1 they are great value.
Cheese Strings are really flexible, they are great as a tasty snack or great for lunch boxes.
They are a healthy snack too and are rich in calcium which is always a good thing.
I have a young son and use these cheese strings as a great way to get calcium into his system, when I took away his morning bottle I panicked thinking of ways to keep his calcium levels up so these cheese strings are my answer.
My son absolutely loves them and eats them all up in no time, I am even know to have one if the fancy takes me, I will continue to buy cheese strings as my son grows up and goes to school because I believe these will be great in his lunch box.
These cheese strings are 100% cheese.
At first, Cheesestrings seemed like something that was completely pointless to me, a way of a company making more money by introducing cheese in a quirky shape and texture. Then I realised that, although this was true, it was also fun. My son really likes the appeal of being able to peel thin layers of cheese off and eat them one by one, and they really do taste nice.
You can get them in various sized packets, with each 'string' sealed individually in its own little packet. They are all together in their little packets, held together at two or three points, but they tear apart easily enough whilst still staying in the packets. This means that you can have one or two without the others coming out of their seals.
The worry is that it's a bit too processed, but really, it's regular cheese just heated and then stretched like mozzarella. It's medium fat hard cheese, a bit like cheddar, and in fact it tastes much like cheddar as well. The picture for the product above is the main character created for the product, and the strings do really come apart like his hair, in thin strands that you then eat. It's a clever and quirky way of getting kids to eat cheese.
We put one in our son's lunchbox a few days a week, as he really does like them. The purple packaging makes it stand out on the shelf as well, but the only problem is that they're rather expensive. We picked up a packet of 8 that were around the £2.30 mark, and luckily they're on a buy one get one free offer in Tesco at the moment. However, if they weren't, it's probably an expense I wouldn't be prepared to pay for, as there are other, equally quirky food products that are fun for kids' lunchboxes. (Having said that, I'm sitting here munching away on one as I type, they're really tempting to eat yourself - taste nice!)
Overall, I do recommend them, but you must be wary of the price. If you can catch them on a BOGOF deal then they're decent value, otherwise, far too expensive. Recommended, but pricy.
I first came across Cheese Strings in my local Sainsburys and thought well why not give them a go, to make a change from the usual snacks of biscuits, chocolate, sweeties etc after seeing them heavily advertised on television.
The packaging is plastic and looks quite fun for kids with a sort of cheesy man with cheese looking dreadlock type things adorning the front. Ingredients and nutrition are on the back. Inside the main pack are perforated strips each containing a small strip tube of 'cheese' which must be about 10cm long I would guess each.
They seem to be available in multiples of 4 ranging from 4 to 16 each with increasing prices, the 4 pack is priced at a bit over £1.
I find the prices extortionate for a 4 small thin cheese pieces personally and would never choose to buy them again at this price. Very very dear. And you cannot just stop at one so you find you have had 2 or 3 by the time you realise the pack has very quickly gone!!
The strips are very easy to open and tear away very quickly so will be easy for the kids to get open themselves.
Each cheese string contains=
Which the calcium content is that of a small glass of milk which will be of course a benefit to growing up children.
The appearance of the product and smell, well it doesn't exactly hit you in the face like a block of mature cheddar and the colour is that of those yellowy orangey processed cheese slices you can buy.
The texture is that of a long thin piece of rubber, and it peels off in small thin pieces which I think is probably the main appeal of this as it is fun to eat, but savour it as it does not last long at all, 123 and it is gone.
The taste is not cheesy in the slightest, although I am very much into mature cheeses so my taste buds are probably used to this by now and these do not register on the cheeseometer whatsoever, it is just like eating the processed cheese thin squares, leaving behind no satisfaction at all.
My opinion is that these are overpriced for what they are, should be half the price to be reasonable, not at all filling and leaves you wanting something else, taste poor and are one big rip off.
Summary 3 out of 10
Another permanent part of my son's lunchbox is cheesestring. I started buying Cheese Strings when my little boy started school. I found It quite interesting for him to enjoy another healthy snack. The concept of "stringing" the cheese is quite clever, perfect for children who always find something to do even when they're having a snack.
They are simply 100% natural cheese, just gently heated and streched like mozarella.
They are individually wrapped strips of cheese that are about 4 inches long. It has a split at the top of the plastic which you can simply tear for easy opening. Each wrapped strip has a trivia questions which I also enjoyed reading. The main packaging is purple with cheese string cartoons on the front. They also offered a twisted flavour.
The idea is really quite enjoyable for the children, with a little strips of cheese to pull off before you eat. It's quite hard to believe that
each individual pack is made with a glass of fresh milk(200ml) , as they're about 10 cms long. Cheese strings are naturally good source of calcium for healthy bones and teeth.
It does'nt taste like most traditional cheese. It's more like a processed cheese slice. The texture is quite soft and not too salty like other cheese I've tried before. If you love a playful cheese snack when your on the go, this one is definitely for you.
4 - £1.12
8 - £2.26
12 - £3.27
16 - £4.23
You can buy them in either 4, 8, 12 or 16 pack which can be quite expensive. The 12 pack were on offer at tesco for any 2 for 1.
(Each 21g contains)
As written on the label that each one provides 26% of a child's RDA of calcium. They are also good source of protein and contain no artificial ingredients. They are also suitable for vegetarians.
As an adult I don't like eating them. It does'nt appeal to me at all. But eventhough I love cheese, this one is not for me adding to this is the cost which are quite expensive. But when It comes to my son's healthy snack they're definitely worth buying for, because they're great for kids and make healthy snack fun to eat.
I have, in a previous review admitted to liking cheese. It has always been a favourite of mine and I have over the years probably ate far too much of the stuff. I have always enjoyed anything that has contained cheese in it or has been cheese flavoured, that was until today.
I was in Poundland stocking up on cheap batteries and noticed in the fridges a pack of 4 "Cheesestrings" I had previously seen these in Asda at £3.00 for 4 packs but as I'd never had them before I didn't want to buy them in in case I didn't like them, for a pound though today I thought I'd give them a shot.
My pack of 4 is purple in colour and features cartoon versions of the strings; I am informed that they are "All Natural" and that each string is made with a glass of fresh milk. The strings themselves are individually shrink wrapped in plastic and are about 6 inches in length. They are cylindrical in shape and look like tubes of cheddar cheese; they taste nothing like cheddar though, unfortunately.
I think the concept of these strings is that you can peel individual strips of cheese away and munch away on them. Unwrapping one from its plastic wrapper there is no smell to them whatsoever, for the first bit of the string I bit straight into it rather than peeling back a strand, it tasted of nothing really, not cheesy, not milky, just a bland cold taste that had no flavour at all. Thinking that I may get a better taste if I was to strip the tube into strands I did this, again no flavour, no taste, nothing. I was reminded of plastic though but that's not a good thing. Maybe they were too cold I told myself, so I allowed a tube to sit on a plate for awhile to get to room temperature. Again, no taste or flavour, I must admit to getting a bit of a milky flavour this time but nothing cheese-like at all.
Hmmm I thought, maybe they are not "real cheese" I concluded; so I went to check the pack again, "Cheesestrings are simply natural cheese, just gently heated & stretched like mozzarella. That's what makes them so fun" hmmm I thought, again.
To give them their dues though the pack does explain that they are naturally good source of calcium for healthy bones and teeth with each tube providing 26% of a child's RDA of calcium and are a good source of protein containing no artificial ingredients. In fact each tube contains only 69kcals, only a trace of carbohydrates and sugars and 5.0 grams of fat of which 3.1 grams are saturates. So can't really be considered that unhealthy.
In writing this I have concluded that they are probably marketed at people with children, the funny cartoons on the front of the pack and the "facts" that are printed on the individual wrapper (did you know that the elephant is the only mammal that can't jump?) so I'm definitely not the target market for these things. For a parent wanting their child to get some calcium in them these are great, mild is an understatement when it comes to the flavour so don't worry about strong tasting cheese with these things.
Not for me I'm afraid, I like my cheese to taste of cheese, and these certainly didn't. To be fair to Cheesestrings I would give them 2/5 Dooyoo stars for providing a good source of calcium
Cheesestrings are a 100% natural cheese, just strectched!
Sounds strange! but my kids seem to like them, and they are supposedly good for them, so that cant be a bad thing.
The packaging is purple with cheese string cartoons on the front, we buy a 12 pack of original which costs about £2.25, but can also be bought in 4 or 8 packs and a twisted flavour. Each one is made with a glass of fresh milk, which is quite hard to believe as they only seem about 10 cms long.
On the back of the pack is loads of information about them, its says they are gently heated and stretched like mozzarella. an 100% natural medium fat hard cheese.
each individual cheese string provides 26% of a childs rda of calcium(for 5-10 year olds).
The cheese strings are individually wrapped so make a great lunch box filler. They have their own little picture which my daughter finds so fuuny, and each picture has a little fact, eg if its a fact about an elephant there is an illustated elephant on the packaging.
My daughter loves ripping it to strips and eating it slowly, my hubby has even been known to take one to work.
A recomended snack thats tasty too.
These original Cheestrings have been going for years and it's mad to think that they are 100% cheese because they look and taste so processed!
The idea of them is that the cheese comes in long tube shapes and you peel it apart bit by bit, the cheese comes away in thin strings and that must be where they got the name of them from! lol
They're available in a few different varieties now but my faves are deffo the original ones because they are so yummy and don't taste like they've been messed around with too much. They don't taste of proper cheese I don't think and are more like a thicker version of a processed cheese slice, that's fine for me though because I love cheese slices! lol
One of the things I love about Cheestrings is how long you can make one little thin tube last for. I peel them until there's hardly any left and then you can make the snack last for ages!
You can only really eat them on their own and I can't think of a way you could use them in a meal, unless you was having a salad and then you can just put one on the side to pick at. The thing is I'd rather have proper tasting cheese with my salads so the Cheestrings only get eaten straight from the fridge if you want a snack on the go.
They're quite expensive for what they are and I don't blame parents for buying proper cheese instead of these. I think a pack of 8 is over £2.00 and you can buy a nice quality block of cheese from the deli in Sainsburys for about that price so spending that much money on processed cheese is a bit mad to me however nice it tastes.
Cheese is a great source of calcium and I think these Cheese Strings are a great way of making eating cheese fun for kids. As an adult I don't think I would eat them, they are quite expensive and if I wanted to eat some cheese I'd just eat it from a block. If your a child though then I think these are a great thing to take for school in your packed lunch to school.
I first started buying Cheese Strings when my little boy started school, I searched around for thing that would be healthy for him to take for his lunch and I think the best two things I found were these Cheese Strings and DairyLea Dunkers.
Cheese Strings are individually wrapped strips of cheese that are about the size of a 5p in thickness and about 4 inches long. The idea is that you pull little strips of cheese off the Cheese Strings and eat them like that. On the front of the packet they have a cartoon picture of a Cheese String and they have pulled off strips of cheese to give it a funky hair do. I think the main concept of Cheese Strings is about making them fun for kids.
You can buy them in either a 4, 8 or 16 pack and I think they can be quite expensive. I usually buy them when they are on offer. This week I got an 8 pack for £1.50 which is a good offer because at full price they are dearer than that.
Each Cheese String is made with a glass and a half of fresh milk and are naturally a good source of calcium for healthy teeth and bones. One contains 26% of a child's RDA of calcium. My 3 year old is a really fussy eater but he does like cheese so I try and make sure he eats plenty of these. They are also a good source of protein and contain no artificial ingredients.
Each Cheese String contains:
Overall I think these are great, a little expensive but great for kids....making healthy food fun.