“ Brand: Kraft / Cream Cheese „
Philadelphia is and has always been one of my favourite brands of soft cheese available in the market, and some of my fondest memories have been tucking into a delicious creamy Philadelphia toasted sandwich after a long, tiring day. I had seen the Philadelphia Light packages of soft cheese in supermarkets under the cheese section, but I had been too apprehensive to try it because- and it is painful for me to admit this- some full fat products are full fat for a reason.
However, when a supermarket put their Philadelphia Light on sale for one pound, I was prepared to give it a try and to give it its overall verdict. After all, I figured, could a product from the same manufacturer as the regular Philadelphia really be all that bad? The concept of it being what is considered as a light product was a little bit comforting, as I would be consuming less calories and fat from something that is meant to be something of a treat.
Also, though Philadelphia is not what would be called a high end luxury product, it is not exactly cheap either. Philadelphia tubs cost around two pounds in most supermarkets, so I would be saving myself about half of the price; as someone who is constantly trying to cut down on my shopping bill, I found this to be quite a bargain.
Philadelphia tubs are rounded and quite easy to open. It is made of a light plastic material, which I guess makes it easier to carry home from the supermarket. The design is similar to that of a regular Philadelphia tub, except it is obvious that they have tried to make the design look lighter.
I find that though the tubs are quite simple in design, they do stand out quite a bit on the soft cheese aisle, and you cannot fail to find it on your shopping trips. There is a foil covering with the Philadelphia logo stamped on iwhich is found under the lid. This is to maintain freshness before you open the contents and it can easily be peeled off and discarded.
So how about the taste? Well, I have to say that my first impression of it was that it tasted a little bit on the watered sown side; but this is probably because throughout the years I have grown so accustomed to the full out taste of the original type. The texture, too, I found to be not as delightful as the regular philadelphia; it was not as thick and creamy, which is, to me, what provied to Philadelphia its own unique character.
Having said that, I cannot honestly say that I find the taste to be absolutely disgusting. In fact, I find it to be still very tasy, and very nice if it is spread on pumpkin and sesame bagels for some reason! I cannot say that I am much disappointed by this product, as it is expected from any light or diet products; how can you expect it to be as good as the original if it is not as calorific? There is a reason why fat is added to recipes; it makes them taste nicer. In conclusion, I find this to be a good product, especially if you are on a diet, but I think I will be sticking to my original Philadelphia for now, perhaps eating it less frequently. I give this product 4 out of 5 dooyoo stars.
I bought Philadelphia Light when I saw the Philadelphia recipe for macaroni cheese with ham and sweetcorn on TV. I researched the recipe and was taken to the Philadelphia website that is packed to the rafters with Philadelphia recipes. I gathered up the ingredients and set to work.
Despite the current photo (19/05/2012), Philadelphia Light is in a fairly shallow oval tub. It is 200g in weight and currently costs about £1.97, which isn't expensive but I wouldn't consider it cheap. The silver lid pops off to reveal a silver foil lid that tears back. This is designed to keep it fresher for longer. A larger tub at 300g can be purchased for around £2.32.
It is a much lighter option than the original, but it is at the expense of the cheese taste. The texture is quite fluffy, creamy and fairly light (as light as spreadable cheese can get) but it only has a hint of cheese. You have to have it in your mouth a few seconds before you get the taste of cheese. It doesn't give you the tang of cheese from the off, but I suppose this is the price you pay for a lighter product.
It is advertised as a medium fat soft cheese. This product can be used to make sauces, to make cheesecake or make pasta bake. It is great as a spread for toast, rice cakes, crispbreads and other staple surfaces.
The product itself lasts as long as you want it to. The 200g tub can be consumed in five or six days (easily) if you use it solely for spreading it on two slices of toast every morning. I used half of the 200g tub making a pasta bake that served four people (but there's two of us - so, two of us twice).
Each 30g serving
47 calories (2% RDA)
1.2g sugar (1% RDA)
3.5g fat (5% RDA)
2.3g sat fat (11% RDA)
0.3g salt (5% RDA)
I don't eat much cheese overall, when I do, it's pretty much always mature cheddars grated into a sandwich. However, Philadephila is slighly different in that it is a cream cheese and this, the Light version, is the same but with fewer calories.
This is a soft cream cheese, almost white in colour, that is very versatile. Some say it is bland, but I really like the soft and mild taste and find that it means that it can blend well with other products making it particuarly popular with kids too. You can get this in triangles too so they can go in lunchboxes.
This product comes in a wide flat pot that makes it very easy to scoop out the product. It's white and blue and can be bought in different sizes. I currently have the 300g one but the design has changed a bit from the picture above as it is now oval shaped.
This can be spread on sandwiches, goes very nicely with breadsticks or crackers and can also be used in cooking.
I've sometimes used this with jacket potatoes and have tried mixing it in with mash to make a cheese mash with a difference to go with sausages or soemthing.
I never notice much difference in terms of taste with this and the original version. Unless I could see the name on the box I wouldn't know the difference so that's a bonus as often the low fat versions of products are low in taste too. 30g provides 50 calories.
We have been purchasing this product for years and it is highly favoured by everyone in the family - males as well as females!!
I am not a huge cheese fan, but I do really like this product - even though my personal preference is to have it more as a dip than a spread. I have recently seen adverts on TV where it is being used in deserts and cooked meals too which I think is excellent as it shows how diverse this product can be. I also love the garlic and herb version, because the taste is fantastic!
I have attempted a supermarket own version of cream cheese once, because I accept that sometimes supermarket products can be just as good - but I have yet to find anything which pulls me away from Philadelphia because the taste is just fantastic and I now tend to stick to what I love and enjoy!
In order to taste, the tub needs to be opened by lifting the lid off (plastic with the logo and imaging on it) and then a silver foiled wrapper is peeled back to reveal the cream cheese.
We always keep ours refrigerated because this keeps the cheese cool, the texture perfect, and the taste as it should be! It helps to keep the lid and wrapper on there when it is scored away so that the cheese does not lose anything by way of flavour.
My only concern regarding this product is that sometimes I find that there is a slight watery liquid inside the tub. It is not a huge concern for us, because usually the cheese is consumed relatively quickly after the tub is opened, but on some occasions (where it hasn't been) I have found that this slight liquid puts me off eating it - and this is always when it has been stored with the plastic lid intact and well within the best before end time.
Being a supermarket food item, this is often readily available, and often on special offer. It is one of those products which I would buy regardless of whether there was a special offer, but to provide some indication my most recent 300g pot was purchased for £1.00 from my local Asda.
Medium Fat Soft Cheese
Added Ingredients: Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Citric Acid, Flavouring. Contains Pasteurised Milk.
*NUTRITIONAL INFO PER 30g SERVING*
Calories: 47 (2% GDA)
Sugar: 1.2g (1% GDA)
Fat: 3.5g (5% GDA)
Saturates: 2.3g (11% GDA)
Salt: 0.3g (5% GDA)
I have found this website which has many recipes using Philadelphia available. I personally have not attempted any - but I hope the dishes turn out well if you do!
Philadelphia Light Soft cheese is a lovely soft cheese spread that can be used for many things. It contains around half the calories, fat and saturates than Philadelphia Original it is quite a mild cheese compared to dairylee but has a really creamy taste that is a little bit tangy. Cream cheese is a fresh cheese that has not been aged and is unripend and therefore has a shorter shelf life than hard cheeses. Philadelphia Light is made from pasteurised milk.
The spread cheese comes in a tub with a lift off lid which can be easily replaced for storage, I like the fact that with this spread cheese there is no fiddly foil triangles to open, and it just spreads straight from the tub. Once opened the cheese must be stored in a refrigerator and must be used within a week.
We can easily use this in a week in my house, I spread it on toast or on bread when making a sandwich instead of butter, I also use it to liven up some baked fish with it, I spread a thick layer on some cod or any flat fish that I am going to put in the oven and top with plenty of black pepper which is really delicious. It can also be used in sauces sometimes I put it in homemade pasta sauce to make it a little thicker and creamy. It can also be used to make cheese cake and his light version contains fewer calories so is therefore less naughty.
Kraft Philadelphia Light Soft cheese contains 47 Calories 3.5g of fat of which 2.3g are saturates, per 30g serving and can be found in most food stores and supermarkets. The current price at Tesco is £1.82 for a 300g tub.
Kraft Philadelphia Light Soft cheese is suitable for vegetarians but does contain pasteurised milk
When I was younger I used to love Philly on crackers and used to have them as a bit of a snack on an evening. However time goes by and I used to have it less and less until it was something that I never really thought about. When I got to an age where I bought my own groceries this never entered my trolley. However recently have got into baking and cooking and as part of this have got into doing various deserts. One of my favourites are cheesecakes and so although there are loads of different variances I bought some Philadelphia to include as the soft cheese ingredient. I bought the light version as thought with everything else going into the cake I could do with making "fat cuts" wherever I could.
This cheese is perfect for cooking with. It's soft and creamy and has that distinctive flavour that mixes in with other ingredients such as cream, condensed milk etc. It doesn't curdle and sets really nicely, providing not too much lemon juice is added (one of my earlier failings!!) The sell by date is usually a good three or four months so if I do see it on special offer, I tend to buy several as they do last and a lot is needed per cheesecake.
I also tried these on crackers to revert to my childhood as a snack alternative to my sweeter night time treats. Philly is delicious on a Jacob cracker!! It tastes savoury but with a hint of sweetness, is filling and is much lower in fat than some other traditional snacks such as biscuits etc. This also makes a nice lunch alternative if dieting as saves on bread and although it is not the most nutritional food ever it isn't the worst either.
When opening the lid, there is a foil top which helps to keep it fresh and it is thick so when your knife or spoon dives in you can get a satisfying dollop of it and either spread it on your snack or add to your cooking.
I have fond memories of Philadelphia soft cheese when they used to sell it in foil packs like little square bricks. Then the "light" variants came on sale and they started selling Philadelphia in plastic tubs (as I understand it). I still miss the foil brick packaging and personally think Kraft should bring back the boursin like foil packs for original (full fat) Philadelphia and leave the plastic tubs to the lighter versions so you can differentiate between them easily in supermarkets.
I buy the light version to just save a few grams of fat from my daily intake. I haven't bought this for a while and in the time I stopped buying Philadelphia, I bought the supermarket own light or extra light cheese spreads which are replicas of Philadelphia but nowhere near the standard of the original in terms of taste in my opinion.
Philadelphia light is 14g of fat per 100g, compared to 24g fat for the original version. I was really surprised that the light version of Philadelphia does taste as creamy as it does. It is very rich and creamy and now makes me think if this one tastes so creamy, then the Original version must be really rich and crumbly like Boursin without the garlic.
All the main supermarkets sell Philadelphia in the soft cheese/ cheese spread aisle. There are many pack sizes and sme different flavours to choose from. Kraft have changed the packaging recently so Philadelphia is now sold in oval shaped all silver coloured plastic tubs- a bit like margarine. 200g will cost you around £1.35- £2 but there are often offers on, so you can get 2 tubs for £2 in Tesco at the moment for instance.
You can also buy Philadelphia light in four packs of mini portion sized tubs. These work out more expensive at £1.30 for four 35g portions with 57 calories per pack. These are great for popping in a lunchbox or controlling how much of the cheese spread you are eating!
The spate of Philadelphia adverts on TV enlightened me that you can use Philadelphia in cooking. I always thought if this was heated it would split or curdle. So I was surprised to see you can just spoon a load of Philadelphia into some cooked pasta or you can spoon some into a cut in a chicken breast and wrap it in parma ham etc. I was impressed that there are more uses than just spreading this on crackers or eating it on toast.
I find the original Philadelphia is a rare treat- like Boursin. Brilliant spread on a fresh french stick. But for day to day cooking or spreading on crackers, I love the light version. There is an extra light version, but I find when you start to go into the extra light/ extra-extra light aisle you do lose the creamy taste and the cheese spread ends up tasting quite sour.
Overall, I would recommend the Light Philadelphia to buy for general cooking and general snacking purposes. It spreads well, tastes creamy and is not that bad for you- as 14g per 100g is not so bad. You would rarely eat a whole 100g of cheese spread after all. The light version has 163 calories per 100g.
Oh I love this food!
I have been eating philly for so long I don;t want to think about it. I actually have memories of being about 8 years old and eating it on my toast for breakfast. Sad I know. It's just my favourate food.
I do sometimes eat other soft cheeses, the cheaper supermarket brands, but none of them even come close to the taste of philly. It's got a really creamy flavour. This is not a strong cheese flavour, not like mature cheddar or camembert. In fact it hardly tastes of cheese really, it's just really creamy and cool tasting.
Philadelphia comes in a variety of different flavours, products and sizes. Philly light tends to come mianly in tubs of 200g or 300g. they also come in little minitubes and snacks such as splendips, snackpots and sandwiches.
You can use philly in so many ways. I like it on toast ot in sandwiches with pickle. It's nice on jacket potatoes, in pasta and as a base for creamy sauces. Philly is great with Salmon and my favourate is on crackers.
Philly isn't the cheapest soft cheese, retailing at arond £2 per tub. However you can often find it on offer and their website often have vouchers and offers.
~~ The product ~~
Philadelphia light comes in an oval tub with a tight fitting lid which states it is medium fat soft cheese, made by Kraft, other information listed on the tub is that this is the new stay fresh pack which can be left for up to one week in the fridge once opened, Nutritional info and ingredients. Under the lid is a foil layer that once pealed back reveals the cream cheese.
~~ Taste and texture ~~
This cream cheese looks,feels and tastes extremely creamy and smooth, it spreads easily, doesn't have a strong smell, and has a nice subtle cheesy taste.
~~ My favourite ways to enjoy Philadelphia ~~
This soft cheese is so versatile it is actually quite surprising the different things you can use it for from savoury snacks to sweet cheesecakes. I could spend all day recommending different ways to use it, but if you choose to try it out here are some of my favorite ways to eat it:
On crackers, plain and simple but so tasty.
In Jacket spuds, the hot potato against the cold cream cheese with lots of fresh salad, delicious.
Used to make a creamy cheese sauce over pasta.
In sandwiches with slices of cucumber, this is great and does not require butter as the cheese is so creamy and moist.
~~ Price and availability ~~
It will cost you about £1.30 for a 200g tub and is available from all major supermarkets. Philadelphia comes in all sorts of different forms, small snack pots, full fat, with garlic and herbs, extra light or even with chives.
~~ Ingredients ~~
Added Ingredients:, Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Citric Acid, Flavouring.
~~ Allergy advice ~~
Contains Milk, Suitable for Vegetarians
~~ Nutritional information based on 100g (half a tub) ~~
(of which sugars) 4.0g
(of which saturates) 7.6g
*Equivalent as salt 1.0g
~~ My overall opinion ~~
Although this is the light version it still contains a lot of fat so best eaten in moderation, however I think this is extremely useful to keep in the fridge, and with its many uses you can be pretty sure that it won't go to waste, it tastes beautiful and isn't overly expensive, I would most definitely recommend Philadelphia and give it a big 5/5 Dooyoo stars.
Being a lazy student I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy snack foods, and Philadelphia Light fitted the bill. It had to be the light version as I am always trying to watch my weight!
Philadelphia, or 'Philly', Light costs £1.30 for a 200g tub but supermarkets often have special offers involving 2 tubs for £2. It comes in a few different varieties including chive and garlic & herb but on this occasion I chose the plain variety.
The cheese spread is creamy white in colour, and has a smooth creamy texture. It doesn't taste 'low fat' at all, I don't feel at all deprived using this variety instead of the full-fat flavour. The cheese has a light taste and goes well on Ryvitas, oatcakes, bread, anything you like really. It tastes good on its own or with a topping like herbs, pepper or Tabasco sauce; you can add vegetables, olives or even (if you're not a vegetarian like me) ham or other meat.
The Philadelphia website gives lots of other recipe ideas including using the Philadelphia to make a creamy pasta sauce - I've tried this and it's delicious. It's a really useful food to have in the fridge ready for a quick snack or meal.
I always try to have some handy; it's really versatile and ideal for anyone who likes quick and easy meals.
Each 30g serving of Philadelphia contains:
Calories 47 (2%)
Sugar 1.2g (1%)
Fat 3.5g (5%)
Saturates 2.3g (11%)
Salt 0.3g (5%)
I have been a big fan of Philadelphia for some time now, but as its the new year i wanted to lose some of the weight i had gained over the festive period. So i thought i would try philadelphia light. At only 47Kcal per 30g serving. This was gonna help me shed those pounds. I find that it is the perfect snack either in a sandwhich or with itailan breadsticks dipped in to it. I have not been put of either by the fact that it is light, it still has the same amazing flavour as the original, it just has less calories. i find that you can use it in cooking as well, it adds a nice creaminess to mash potato, and spread on pork chops is just divine. i would recomened any one that likes a smooth cream cheese to try this and to try the light version too, as this is by far one of the best cream cheeses i have ever come across, and im a cream cheese addict.
I normally buy the regular Philadelphia spread, I really love the stuff and have found it an incredibly handy thing to have in the fridge. It's a perfect backup when I am running low of other sandwich fillings, and it is a quick and easy solution when I am running late in the morning and have a lunch box to pack. It's rare I find something that both my girls enjoy, usually one likes one thing and the other hates it but with Philadelphia they both enjoy it with no quibbles.
I also really love it, it is so fabulously creamy that it does make you feel really indulgent and naughty. It's also really versitile stuff and can be used in a whole range of different receipes. I believe there is even a Philadelphia recipe book out there which proves it can be used for more than just smearing on crackers and in cheesecakes.
As I said I normally but the regular Philadelphia but last week I ordered my Tesco online shopping and they had substituted the Philadelphia and replaced it with Philadelphia Light. I had avoided it in the past as I held the believe that if you are going to indulge in a soft cheese sread then you don't want to compromise on the creaminess and flavour. I just thought that if it were light then it would be lacking in the flavour that I wanted.
I paid £1.30 for a 200g tub of the Philadelphia Light, this is more expensive than the supermarket own branded soft cheeses but I do think that Philadelphia stands head and shoulders above the other offerings in terms of flavour so I am willing to pay the extra pennies.
I tried the spread the next day as I made myself a sandwich for lunch. The first apparent difference was that although it still looked incredibly creamy, the consistancy was certainly different. It appeared a little sloppy and not as firm as the regular stuff.
I made my sandwich and minutes later tucked in. It tasted great, it was fantastically creamy and tasted delicious with the crunchy, fresh salad and soft wholemeal bread. They was a noticeable different in flavour however while it was really tasty, it just wasn't as cheesy as the normal Philadelphia.
I enjoyed this product but in the future I think I'll contine to indulge in the naughty stuff and enjoy the full Philadelphia naugthy experience.
Does anyone remember those adverts for Philadelphia, with the two angels making fascinating recipes with this soft cheese? The one with the fajitas with cream cheese added as an interesting creamy relish and the one where a tablespoon of the cream cheese was added to warm pasta with cherry tomatoes to make a creamy fresh light lunch? 'I don't know where these ideas come from.' Replies the other angel, 'Off the top of my head!'. Zoom in to her very curly blonde locks with giant red bobbles.
I have been using Philadelphia for years now, on crackers as it happens. Very original I know, but with a bit of cucumber and a twist of lemon and pepper and it makes a light and filling lunch albeit time consuming. More recently, inspired by the old adverts, we have been using this cream cheese to make the filling for our homemade kievs. We slice open a chicken breast, add a mix of chives, garlic and Philadelphia into the middle of the portion and seal. Coat in breadcrumbs and bake in the oven until golden brown and cooked right through.
Philadelphia Light comes in a silver rounded oblong shaped tub, the lid is a pop on lid and has a foil seal to keep the cream cheese fresh. The front of the pack shows the Philadelphia logo on a white sunburst effeCt over a blue backgroun. There is also nutrition information on the front.
Each 30g serving contains:
Calories 47 (2%)
Sugar 1.2g (1%)
Fat 3.5g (5%)
Saturates 2.3g (11%)
Salt 0.3g (5%)
The back of the packet shows nutrition information, as above and the ingrediEnts. This product does contain pasteurised milk so it is safe for pregnant women to consume as well.
I love this soft cheese, it is very versatile and handy to have in the fridge. We use it in sandwiches, pasta, sauces, filling foR meat such as kievs, we even used it to make ham and pineapple french bread pizzas the other day as I am not keen on tomato puree and they tasted amazing. A 200g pack will set you back £1.30 although there usually is an offer in one of the supermarkets at any given time so do shop around. Highly recommended!
Kraft Philadelphia Light
Description: Brand: Kraft / Cream Cheese.
I must confess that I am a bit of a convert to Philadelphia Light. I have been a fan of Philadelphia for ages but for some reason, never bought the light version because for some reason, I had assumed that it would be a little tasteless in comparison.
I stand corrected, in fact, the light version of this soft cheese is delicious and since trying it, I have been buying it quite regularly as I am trying to watch my weight.
The cheese comes in a white a blue plastic tub with a clear plastic lid and is foil sealed for freshness. It has the brand name on the front and the Kraft logo in red. You can find it in the chiller section of most supermarkets and shops.
A 200g tub of this cheese costs around £1.30 but can often be found on offer, I paid just £1 when I bought it last so it is worth keeping your eyes open.
The cheese is really thick and creamy and certainly doesn't taste like a low fat version. It has quite a distinctive taste that I associate with Philadelphia and has a slightly salted and very creamy aftertaste.
Nutritional info per 100g is as follows;
Energy 156 kcal
Protein 8.3 g
Carbohydrate 4.0 g
of which Sugars 4.0 g
Fat 11.5 g
of which Saturates 7.6 g
Fibre 0.4 g
Sodium 0.4 (Equivalent as Salt: 1.0 g)
I like to use this cheese to make a quick and simple pasta sauce with ham and mushrooms, and because all I need to do is stir it in, it is incredibly easy and convenient. It also goes really well with bagels and smoked salmon, on baked potatoes or biscuits.
If you like cream cheese but want a lighter alternative then look no further, this is a fantastic way to save calories without compromising on taste.
I am awarding this cheese 5 stars because it is so good - well worth trying!
The other day I bought two tubs of Philadelphia Light cheese. I'll share my recipes later because I bought the unflavoured ones with special purpose.
Price and Package
Kraft made the package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese very similar. The Light one is in a white oval plastic tub with silver coloured plastic lid. There is a large blue Philadelphia logo on it and above it you can see the Light label. The tub contains 200 g of cream cheese and costs 1.33 pounds per unit. It was on offer in Sainsbury's so I bought two tubs for the price of one.
Texture and taste
As cream cheese in general this cheese is quite thick, white cream that can be spread easily on your bread. It has a creamy taste. As it is made of fresh cheese it is not very characteristic it is simply mild.
Added Ingredients: Stabilisers (Locust Bean Gum, Carrageenan), Citric Acid, Flavouring. It contains milk.
Suitable for vegetarians.
Nutritional information per 100 g
Energy: 156 kcal
Protein: 8.3 g
Carbohydrate: 4.0 g
of which Sugars: 4.0 g
Fat: 11.5 g
of which Saturates: 7.6 g
Fibre: 0.4 g
Sodium*: 0.4 g
*Equivalent as Salt: 1.0 g
Leek cream soup
Ingredients: 6 leeks, 2 Oxo chicken cubes, 2 tablespoon Philadelphia cream cheese, salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ground nutmeg
I cut the white part of the leeks into thin round slices and sauté them on the olive oil. When it starts to burn I pour 1,5 litres water on them and I add the Oxo chicken cubes. I boil it for about 15-20 minutes then I pour it in the blender's bottle and blend it until it is creamy and there are no bits of leek in it. When ready I put it back to boil and I put the cream cheese in a small bottle and gradually I add soup to it and mix them with a tablespoon in order to get the cheese dissolved in the soup and to warm it up to the temperature of the soup. Then I pour this mix into the soup and let it boil 1-2 minutes. While it starts to boil I check whether it is salty enough or not and I add a little nutmeg. I serve it with toast spread with cream cheese.
Great for smearing over your favourite bread or whipping into your homemade cheesecake!