Product Type: Kraft Cheese
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Kraft Philadelphia Light
Member Name: norton501
Kraft Philadelphia Light
Date: 18/04/10, updated on 03/01/13 (121 review reads)
Advantages: Half the fat of the Original version
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.
Summary: Versatile cheese spread