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Healthy lunchbox snack.

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      11.03.2014 11:40
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      cheeseeeeeeeee

      Cheestrings, a childhood classic from the 90s and still loved by me today. It has bore many different varieties over the year however the original is still the best.

      Price/Availability/Packaging

      Cheestrings are available is all good supermarkets in packets of 4, 8 and 12. A 4 pack is around £1, 8 pack £2 and 12 pack £3 however I have often seen these on multibuy offers so it is possible to get these cheaper. Some smaller shops like Londis do occasionally sell them singley for around 50p each however for good value for money buying a packet of them is best. You can also get cheese and tomato and cheese and onion flavour, as well as spaghetti and twisted varieties within the range all for the same kind of prices and pack size. Cheestrings are packaged in a blue wrapper and them each one has its own peel able wrapper making them a good addition to a lunch box or snack

      Ingredients

      Medium fat cheese and Added Ingredients: Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Lactic Acid), Paprika, Vitamin D

      Taste

      The wrapper opens up to reveal a cute little portion of cheese, it smells nice and has a processed look about it. Taste wise, yeah it does taste quite nice, it has a good cheesy taste too it but not too strong or too weak, it does however have quite a rubbery texture to it which is fair enough considering it is classed as processed cheese. In terms of tearing pieces off, you can do it in bigger or smaller strips which ever you prefer, I remember as a kid savouring it so only taking the tiniest of strips off, as an adult I just get it in my gob! As an addition to a lunchbox I think its great, ok so its classed as processed cheese but in terms of ingredients in it they are not actually that bad for you. I do think its a snack adults and children can enjoy.

      Overall

      Price wise I do think these are reasonable, if on offer they work out at around 20p-25p each and they do keep quite well both in the fridge and in a cool lunch box during the day. As an alterative snack its a good thing to have, I like them and enjoy eating them every so often. Worth a try

      5/5

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        01.10.2009 10:28
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        I will definitely buy again

        I was looking for some new treatment for my elder son. I found Cheestrings on offer, so I took a pack of 8. I'm glad that this one was on offer not the larger pack. We had to eat all instead of my son.


        First impression
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        The Cheestrings come in a purple package. There is a large Cheestring figure on the left and above his head you can see the Cheestring label written with big purple letters. It has some transparent part of wrapper, so you can see the product. Each string is wrapped separately.
        I found them among the dairy products where the different types of cheese are. It was 30% cheaper then other times. Its full price in Sainsbury's is 2.27 pounds for a pack of 8x21 g. In Tesco you can buy these for 2.26 pounds on full price or now it is on offer (3 for 2). It is quite expensive. I found a 30p off coupon in the wrapper which means I can buy Cheestrings shots 30 pence cheaper at any retailer.


        Ingredients
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        It is 100% natural cheese coloured with natural colour (annatto). It is made from medium fat hard cheese. They gently heat and stretch the cheese to get this form. Each string is 21 grams of cheese which means that they used one glass of milk to get the required quantity of cheese to make a string.

        Nutritional information
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        As cheese is made of milk it is a natural source of calcium (143 mg in each string). Each string supplies us with 69 kcal which is not too much. Its fat content is quite high: 5 grams in each string (21 g). As it is made of milk it contains a lot of protein too. In one string there are 5.9 grams of protein. It is a healthy and natural treat for children and adults as well.


        My opinion
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        On the day of purchase my son didn't want to taste it at all. Next day he tasted it but didn't like it. I tried a lot of tricks but there was no success. We had to eat all the 8 Cheestrings. They were really yummy.
        They are packed individually. It is really practical, for us it was convenient too. We tried to serve it to my son several times. I even wrapped it back and put back into the fridge and took out later. The individual wrapper helps to avoid sticking them to each other and prevents also dry surface.
        The cheese strings have very nice texture. It is different from normal cheese because of the melting process. It is still hard but it is creamy as well.
        I don't really understand why my son didn't like it. I will buy sometimes in the future because it is a healthy treat and it is really funny. I think when my younger one will have a few teeth I will buy again. He can always make my elder one eat. What I give the younger one I have to give the elder one too.

        For more information about this product visit www.cheestrings.co.uk

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          12.09.2009 19:14
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          Buy them!! ;-p

          I love these things, love them I do!

          I remember pestering for them when they first came out and as I've grown up I still love them now, lol!

          Its' the novelty of eating cheese that stretched into a long tube and how rubbery they are I think.

          As a kid you don't think that is it a healthy snack you are eating unlike you parents who buy them you to get you to eat more calcium! It is the novelty factor of being able to peel these tubes apart and play with your finger food that is cool, not the health benefits...

          And even though I'm grown up we still get them in or a snack treat and for my lunch box as I really love the flavour and chewy texture so much :)

          Made in Ireland from medium fat hard cheese each 21g portion contains 69 calories plus 5g of fat and 5.9g of protein. Packaged in a funky plastic outer wrapper and then in individual sealed plastic wrappers that you just peel open.

          The calcium amount is 26% of a child's recommended daily amount and each snack contains a 200ml (half pint0 of milk.

          There are no artificial additives which is good, and the cheese has just been gently heated and stretched into the pipe tube shape...

          Suitable for vegetarians, these should be kept in the fridge as with all dairy produce and these last for ages. My pack of 'Twisted Cheestrings' which was half price in |Morrisons this week at £1.18 for eight lasts for three months so that's cool!

          The Twisted variety is a light cream and then an orange coloured cheese merged together to create a striped effect, they are really good to look at and lovely to eat.

          The flavour is quite strong and you can taste the salt but it's not unpleasant, each portion is about five inches long and you find that one is enough. It is fun if you want to unravel them, or you can make patterns on toast with them and then melt the pieces....

          I think these are a great snack and can fuel a child's imagination too so five stars from me. The only down side to them is when they are full price as they are quite expensive which is a shame :(

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          25.08.2009 16:48
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          An ok alternative snack

          This review is for the twisted variety of cheese strings. They are available in packs of 4, 8, 12 and 16 priced at £1.12, £2.26, £3.28 and £4.24 respectively (Tescos), currently the 8 packs are on buy one get one free in Tesco until 1st September. I have also seen them in smaller shops available on their own for around 50p. The multipacks are made of plastic, being dark purple in colour with cartoon images of cheese strings on. There is a clear part of plastic which allows you to see the product. Inside, each cheese string is wrapped individually in plastic. There is a small tear at the top meaning they are easy to open, especially for children. Each cheese has a different cartoon on the top of the wrapper and an interesting fact making them really appealing to children. Each cheese is around 4 inches long and is in the shape of a cylinder. The twisted variety consists of light cheese and orange cheese.

          Cheese strings are made of 100% cheese. The idea is to tear off bits of the cheese string in order to eat the cheese in thin strips rather than whole. Personally, I believe this makes them taste far superior. When eating the cheese string I believe them to taste quite mild and rather plasticky. The texture is very similar to that of plastic which has put me off in the past. However, although I say they taste mild, there is quite a strong aftertaste which remains in the mouth for sometime after finishing the product. They are not of the same texture as cheese singles and instead are much more solid and remind me more of regular hard cheese.

          Personally, I enjoy these from time to time as I am often put off due to the plastic texture and the high fat content. I believe that they do not provide you with the taste sensations that a good flavoured, strong hard cheese does. However, they are very popular with children and my niece would eat them all day if she could! They are good for lunchboxes as they provide a good amount of calcium for children (25% RDA). However, they are not very good for you, a cheese string provides you with 69 calories, 5g of fat (3.1g which saturates) and 0.4g of salt.

          I would recommend these for any fans of cheese or anyone looking for a snack slightly healthier than crisps or chocolate.

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            24.08.2009 12:48
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            I'm in two minds about alot of things lately, one of these 'things' being cheestrings. I've ate so many, took them on daytrips, ate them in packed lunches and even as a quick snack at home - but whats the deal with them?

            You can find cheestrings in their purple multi packets in the fridges of most supermarkets or they are sold singular in newsagents. The packets they come in are nothing spectacular being mostly purple with pictures of cheese strings with eyes, stringed out at the top to make it look like hair. All Natural Cheestrings it says in the middle, 8x twisted - or you can buy packs of 6. In the corner we are told that each one is made with a glass of fresh milk.

            The back of the packet provides us with much more information about these strings of cheese.

            'Cheestrings are simply natural cheese, just gently heated and stretched like mozzarella. That's what makes them great fun to eat.'

            '100% Cheese goodness! Cheestrings are a naturally good source of calcium for healthy bones and teeth. Each one provides 26% of a child's RDA of calcium.

            They are also a good source of protein and contain no artificial ingredients.

            All sounds brilliant so far doesn't it?

            Does the nutritional info make them sound any better, let's see!

            Each 21g cheestring contains
            69 calories
            0g sugar
            5.0g fat
            3.1g saturates
            0.4g salt

            Each cheese string comes vacuum packed in a clear plastic packaging - to reveal the cheese you simply need to peel at the top and each side of the packaging comes apart - this makes for easy snacking.

            Cheestrings come in varied styles and colour but the ones I have are half a pale creamy colour and the other a lighter orange - although different colours this doesn't change the taste in anyway.

            They have a plastic, shiny look to them - smooth around the edges and rounded at the ends. They are bendy and flexible - which is a little worrying for cheese, cheese for me is crumbly, solid or spreadable - not bendy and plastic looking.

            Now the whole idea of cheestrings is to pick at an end and pull resulting in strings of cheese coming off - literally thin strings of cheese. This is an extreme novelty idea which believe me wears off in an instant. Once you realise that a string of cheese isn't actually that fun nor tasty as well as being a bit of a pain you tend to just bite into the tube of cheese whole - which isn't much better to be honest.

            They are tasteless, chewy, soft to bite into and are boringly bland! Despite all this I can't help but 'like' them sometimes.

            Well some of the back of the packet was right these are just 'simply real cheese' but as for being 'fun' to eat .. I don't think so! These are meant to encourage children to eat cheese to provide them with their calcium and what not but why can't children just eat 'normal' cheese and I'm sure there are better cheese products out there which are alot more fun to consume! These become a tad annoying and the stringy bits can become a little out of control. They don't provide any taste that some cheeses can provide. To be honest I'd rather a mature, tasty, flavoursome cheesy rope not a bland, plasticy, tasteless string! Really thinking about it the best thing about them is they are a convenient snack, especially to pop in lunchboxes, as they are each in their individual packets they are kept fresh and edible.

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              03.10.2008 19:03
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              Good for lunchboxes

              Cheestrings. Cheese strings. These are expensive but good for getting something healthy into your child's packed lunch, if they won't take a lump of cheddar!

              You can get them in packs of 4, 8 or 12. They do original, or white (same but without the colouring), or light (lower fat) or Twister (stripey coloured and white).

              The ingredients are - cheese. Thats it. With annatto colouring as part of the cheese. Salt content is 0.76g per 100g, which is quite high, but so is all cheese. Each cheestring contains 21g of cheese.

              The cheese is a type of cheese that pulls apart, stringily. So the children have fun pulling it into shapes as they eat it. It is also very mild-tasting.

              Each cheestring is individually wrapped in plastic. The plastic is not too difficult to get off, although sometimes my 6-year-old has to get help.

              They are pretty expensive - about 30p each.

              Basically, I'd much rather put a lump of cheese in my children's lunchboxes. Cheaper, less waste of plastic packaging, and I still feel that cheestrings aren't "real" food. But if I put a lump of cheese in, it comes home again. Whereas they actually eat these things.

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              01.07.2008 20:44
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              wonderful snack

              This is the best cheesey snack ever. It's amusing to eat, and it tastes amazing.

              Cheesestrings are very healthy, the packaging says that they are 100% cheese, and nothing else. The stringy-ness comes naturally, although I don't know how they do this, but it's great.
              My favourite trick with these is the classic spiky hair one, where you split the top into lots of littler pieces.

              The packaging is of course purple, with the actual cheesestring inside wrapped in maybe a bit too much plastiv for my liking. The good thing, though, is that they are very easy to take out from their packaging. So that's no hassle, and no scissors involved.

              Now to the cheesestring itself. When you take a bite into it, it's initially rather squishy cheese, and espacially squishy if you have left it out in the sun or something.
              The taste is subtle, it's not very strong at all. Most kids that I know dislike the taste of strong cheese, therefore this would be perfect. It's bendy, tasty and fun to consume, and so would be perfect for a kid's lunchbox.

              So, in conclusion, this is a remarkable little snack that has revolutionised the way that we can eat cheese! It's all tasty and fun.
              Cheers for reading and rating if you decide to. :) Happy cheesing!

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                07.05.2008 14:23
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                A novelty way to eat cheese.

                ---GOLDEN VALE CHEESTRINGS---

                I love these things. They are gorgeous! Just a bit of nonsense really, but they make cheese eating fun. A novelty take on cheese eating. I love cheese anyway but eating it in this way makes it all the more enjoyable and each individual cheestring makes a tasty, low calorie snack.-


                ---Cheestrings---
                Cheestrings are made with 100% real cheese and they really are a clever concept in getting children to take their daily calcium. Each 21g cheestring is made with one glass of milk containing 27% of calcium, which is a 5-10 year olds daily recommended amount. Also one cheestring is only 69 calories so they are a perfect little bite for someone who is watching their weight. I have got the Cheestring 'Twister' and this variety is a mixture of cheddar and red Leicester cheese. Nothing unnatural has been added to make the cheestring the way it is. It is made this way by the process they use of 'stretching' the cheese which makes it naturally stringy and eating it a whole lot of fun. Cheestrings are the perfect snack or an addition to the lunchbox.-


                ---THE PRODUCT---
                There are several varieties of the Cheestring and they all come in different coloured packaging. The variety that I have is 'Twister' and it is in a bright purple two-tone packet which features a large cheestring character to the front of it with stringy peelings of cheese hanging off him. The packet contains eight cheestrings in all and it states that they contain 100% cheese. They also contain the natural flavouring of annatto. The packet is nicely made and fun to view.-


                ---THE CHEESTRING---
                The individual cheestrings are contained within a vacuum sealed plastic sheath, which is easy to tear open. Once inside you will see the two colours of the different cheese marbled through the stick of cheese. The actual feel of the cheestring is moist and rubbery and quite pliable. When I eat one I start to peel the cheese downwards from the top then continue to pull thinner stringy bits off the piece that I have taken off until they are as thin as I can possibly make them. There is something quite satisfying about the action of doing this and it gives the cheese a real fun element. It also makes eating the cheestring last a bit longer than just ramming it in your mouth in one go and it's up to you how big a string you choose to eat. This is a very clever concept by the makers of Cheestrings and kids love this innovative product. Adults too;) -


                ---THE INGREDIENTS---
                Well as I said before the cheestring contains 1 glass of milk plus 100% real cheese of the medium fat hard variety. There are 69 calories to each cheestring (4%) and 0 sugar. Fat weighs in at 5g (7%) and saturates are 3.1g (16%) and salt is 0.42g. (11%)-


                ---SUMMARY---
                I think that this is a great product! It's fun and natural and it's a great way to get your child to take their daily calcium. Though aimed at children by its marketing there are a lot of adults out there who love cheestrings too. Cheestrings also have the seal of approval from the International dental health association which says a lot about the product I feel and with no E numbers I would feel quite happy giving Cheestrings to a child as a treat or snack.-


                Cheestrings: £1.89 for a pack of 8.


                www.cheestrings.co.uk


                Thank you for reading.
                PRINCESSPUSSYCAT 2008*

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