There are some things that link me back to my childhood years, and Philadelphia cream cheese is one of them. As I would try different foods when I was a kid, I clearly remember this one because I was super excited every time my mom would bring a pack of this. It was one of those things that I considered "small little treats". Anyway moving on to today!
This cream cheese comes in an oval container with a plastic lid, and a protective foil on top that you have to peel off first. Pretty okay package, easy to use and keeps the cheese fresh.
I have always though of this as "cheesy butter" or "buttery yogurt". The product itself is very soft and can be easily spread on anything you want using a butter knife. It has a creamy texture that just makes you go "woooosh" as it melts in your mouth. To me it tastes more like yogurt than cheese, but with a cheesy note to it. It's slightly salted and you can now find it in a lot of variations, including a "carbonara" one. For me, I believe original is the best.
The cheese flavor in it is not overpowering, so it goes great with a lot of things. Some of my favorite ones are: spread on pizza crust, tomato & cream cheese sandwich with crispy bread, used in pasta sauce, dip fried potatoes in it, or just used on a plain slice of bread for breakfast.
Overall, a great ingredient to have at home!
For me, one of life's simple pleasures is a hot toasted bagel topped with a liberal covering of cool Philadelphia. Even better, is the same concoction with the addition of some crispy bacon on top... mmm.
Cream cheese is said to date back to the mid Seventeenth Century, although it wasn't until the eighteen hundreds that the delicious creation became commercially available. One of today's most popular cream cheeses is 'Philadelphia' - a brand name chosen in 1880, apparently because at the time the city of Philadelphia was synonymous with top cuisine.
Currently, the 200g pack of Philadelphia can be purchased for around £1.35 from all the major supermarkets, although keep your eyes peeled as it's frequently to be found in promotional offers.
In terms of its flavour, Philadelphia is quite delicious - creamy and mildly flavoured with a wonderfully smooth texture. As I mentioned in my opening paragraph, I personally like 'philly' simply spread on a bagel, or on some of Tesco's tasty Tiger Bread. That said, Philadelphia has many other uses and is incredibly versatile - it can be used as an ingredient for a delicious creamy cheesecake, a curry addition instead of yoghurt or cream, or a tasty topping for a Fajita wrap.
A silvery tub with blue text - that's the colour scheme which hasn't changed for years and years. The packaging has been refined and modifyed throughout the decades however, and currently the product comes in an oval tub, which seals nice and tightly to retain the freshness. Speaking of freshness, once opened, Philadehia should be consumed within three or four days - no-one wants mouldy cream cheese!
I really enjoy Philadelphia and much prefer it to the Dairlylea style spreads that are available. Philadalphia's versatility means that it is a great ingredient to keep in the fridge, and for a quick bread-based snack, the cool and smooth white stuff is incredibly tasty.
Nutritional Info Per 30g
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Saturated Fat: 4.8g
One product I have been eating for years is Philadelphia cream cheese. I know there are supermarket own substitutes but for me nothing is quite like the taste of proper Philadelphia cream cheese. Personally I like it spread on a warm buttery bagel for breakfast, for me that is just as taste of heaven. I'm yet to try it with other food and now there are more adverts promoting Philadelphia and giving recipe ideas I just can't wait to try them!
*** History of Philadelphia ***
Its amazing to think that Philadelphia has been available for over 100 years and today it is own by Kraft one of the biggest consumer companies in the world. Philadelphia cream cheese started out way back in 1872 in a New York dairy and by 1880 'Philadelphia' is now the brand name and the cream cheese was packaged in foil. It didn't take long for the company to be bought and in 1903 it was bought by the Phenix Cheese Company of New York and shortly after in 1928 it was bought out by Kraft (who still owns the company today). It wasn't until 1960 that this little creation was brought to the UK where it has remained to this current day although there are now new varieties of the wonderful cream cheese. Amazingly Philadelphia is sold in 80 countries worldwide.
*** Packaging ***
Philadelphia's distinct packaging can be recognised by generally everyone as it has a famous colour combination being blue and silver. The original cheese spread comes in an oval plastic silver tub with a matching silver lid. Underneath the lid is a foil to cover to ensure freshness. On the front of the lid there is the unmistakable Philadelphia font in a dark blue and of course the Kraft logo is sneakily put on! Also on the front of the lid is the nutritional values.
*** Philadelphia ***
You need to keep Philadelphia in that fridge to ensure its freshness and taste. Philadelphia is white in colour and has a soft, creamy texture which is incredibly smooth. Even when it has been kept in the fridge it is incredibly soft and easily spreadable. If your using on a warm item such as a piece of toast or bagel it doesn't melt but stays in a more spreadable form. It's not like any other cream cheese spread you will find (such as Dairylea) its consistency isn't the same. The only way I can describe it as a heavy mousse type consistency as it seems to have less moisture that other cheese spreads.
Philadelphia has a very mild, light taste but its not as sweet as some cream cheese's and it reminds me of sour cream in a way because even though it has a soft taste it also has quite a sour tone to it but not as much as sour cream!
I do find that even though Philadelphia has a mild taste I can't eat too much of it as I can find it sickly as it definitely is quite rich (especially being Philadelphia Original). My favourite way of having Philadelphia would be on a hot buttery bagel and spread not thinly but not thickly either, a nice even coverage!
*** Ingredients ***
Made with pasteurised milk.
Stabilisers (E410, E407)
*** Nutritional Information ***
Per 30g serving:
Calories - 74
Sugar - 0.9g
Fat - 7.0g
Salt - 0.3g
*** Price and Availability ***
Tesco - £1.35
Asda - £1.36
Sainsburys - £1.35
*** Overall ***
I love Philadelphia and I have found nothing else can compete with it so I continue to buy it! I don't have it all the time because it is quite fattening but when I do have it I really do enjoy it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone wanting to lose weight as it isn't fat free friendly but I would definitely recommend it to those who are a fan of cream cheeses.
The one thing I'm a bit partial to is a lovely bit of spreadable soft cheese. Though I'm not normally a fuss pot when it comes to food and I'm a bit of a gannet, when it comes to this type of food I know what I like!
300g silver and white oval shaped tub. On the top of the tub I'm told that it is Kraft Original Philadelphia 'Full fat soft cheese' and that this tub stays fresher for longer, the size is stated and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown. Other information on the sides and bottom of the tub includes ingredients and allergy advice being listed, there is a nutritional chart shown and contact details for Kraft are given. Nice enough packaging and when you pull off the lid there is a foil covering you can simply pull off or use to reseal the soft cheese of preferred.
The Soft Cheese Itself:
White in colour and spreadable even straight from the fridge. It has a thickish consistency though and has a nice milky sort of smell to it. Taste wise this is a cheese made from pasterurised milk. It has a light cheesy and slight salty taste to it with a slight sourness as well. It's a bit tangy and rather rich tasting for a soft cheese but very smooth!
Use it in a sandwich, crackers and a personal favourite way to use this is that when I make my own pizzas to add a blob to it to melt over the top. Versatile cheese this is!
This is not a greasy soft cheese at all and to me it's quite simply the best and the quality of it is simply superb!
Highly recommended from me!
Nutritional Information Per 30g Serving:
Available in all good supermarkets etc priced about £1.48 for a 200g sized tub or £1.97 for a 300g tub.
I am quite picky with cheese, pretty much a mature cheddar kind of girl but when I lived in France and everyone was always eating those kinds of cheeses that look mouldy they used to get soft cream cheese for me. So it was that I developed a taste for the Laughing Cow cheese. Fast forward several years and I was looking for something for lunch and I saw these pots of cheese and it's always being advertised on the TV with those two girls with crazy hair dressed as angels so in the basket it went.
You can buy these 200g pots for £1.33 or get 2 pots for £2 currently as on offer at Sainsburys. You can also get these with breadsticks as a snack or in light or flavoured version. It comes in a shallow tray with blue and grey packaging and grey coloured lid. The calorie content is 74 calories per 30g serving but it is very difficult to judge how much you eat from the pot so it means very little to me. One thing that bothers me slightly with this is that when you open it for the first time, and occasionally on later occasions, there is a layer of water on the top that you have to tip off. Bit weird.
Anyway, this stuff is very versatile. I like to eat it with crackers, but you can also eat it with breadsticks, spread on bread or toast, or like I have done once or twice, use it as a filling in a jacket potato, and I know some people use it for making cheesecakes so it's a good kitchen ingredient. What I love about this is the real creaminess though it doesn't taste too rich or heavy and whilst I dislike mild cheese the vague cheese flavour here really is to its credit as it does not overwhelm. Fabulous stuff.
I often take a fancy for some soft cheese when I am making a snack or sandwich. I particularly enjoy a toasted baguette with soft cheese spread on top, served while the bread is still lovely and warm - this happens to be one of my favourite snacks and therefore a tub of soft cheese can usually be found in my fridge at all times!
The Philadelphia original soft cheese is by far my favourite brand, although I find that the supermarket own-branded cheeses are still tasty enough, although are not quite of the same high quality that I have come to expect from Philadelphia. That said, I am usually happy to sacrifice some of the quality of the cheese in order to save a few pennies on my weekly shop! I find that the smallest size of supermarket-own branded cheese comes in at around 70 pence or so, if memory serves me right, whereas the Philadelphia cheese comes in at around £1.30... quite a saving to be made then!
Whilst I was in my local Farmfoods frozen food store recently though, they had the smallest sized tub of Philadelphia cheese on offer for the great sum of 79 pence. I was rather delighted at this bargain, and took the opportunity to stock up on some of these little tubs of cheese. The tubs are the smallest sized tubs available, and are 200g each. The sell-by date was not until 2010, so I knew that I had no need to worry about them being wasted.
The tub of Philadelphia cheese is the new style packaging, with the silver-coloured plastic tub and matching lid, being exactly as is shown in the picture at the top of the Dooyoo page for this review. I thought that the packaging was quite slick looking and quite liked the new design, but I found too that the lid is a much better design than the old-style packaging, in that it is sturdier, and seems to 'snap' shut and I find that it keeps the soft cheese within much fresher as a result.
The cheese itself is in a word... perfection! Thick and quite moist in consistency, I find that the texture is absolutely perfect for my own tastes and this brand of cheese spreads very well over bread, crackers and bagels amongst other things. I also find that because the cheese is quite thick, it can easily be used to dip crackers or breadsticks into, without fear of having the cheese running all over the place.
The taste too is absolutely perfect! I find it to be quite rich and creamy although I wouldn't say it is over-powering in any way nor is it sickly the way that cheaper-branded cheese can be at times. The creamy taste and texture to the cheese is what sets this brand apart from other brands too as I think it is exactly as it should be, very creamy and quite delicious!
I find the Philadelphia cheese is extremely moreish, more so than other brands of soft cheese, which perhaps shows the high quality of the product, but the down side to this is of course that I find it difficult to stop scoffing the stuff!
There are a variety of different types of Philadelphia cheese available to buy such as a garlic and herb version and a 'lighter' option which contains less fat. There is also several other products in the range such as the mini pots and 'splendips'. There is a website for all the available products at www.philadelphia.co.uk, where you can find out more information.
The nutritional information on the tub for the original Philadelphia informs me that a 30g serving of this cheese will provide me with 76 calories and 7.2g of fat... ouch! Perhaps this is one to avoid if you are watching your figure or your fat intake then?
I love this cheese and am going to award it full Dooyoo marks. I would highly recommend it, and it will remain my favourite brand of soft cheese for evermore! I cannot fault it at all... it is absolutely yummy!
Philadelphia is a cheese spread that is made by Kraft.
The tub seems to be new as it is oval shaped and coloured in silver with the PHiladephia logo on top along with informing me that it is the original Philadelphia and not one of the light varieties. I say that this is new because I have normally bought ones that come in a rectangular tub with a clear plastic lid.
Inside the tub you will find it full of a light colour cream cheese, the smell is particularly nice reminding me of natural yogurt mixed with dairylea cheese but the odour is quite faint and you normally wouldn't get a whiff unless you want to.
The cheese spreads taste is brilliant, it is subtle and light with a slight cheesy taste and a hint of creaminess that makes it delicious on a piece of fresh toast or used to liven up a dull ham sandwich. The texture is really smooth and if you find that the sandwiches you make are a bit dry a bit of this will really make it moist and delicious.
I find this to be far nicer than other cream cheeses such as dairylea and laughing cow as the flavour is not overpowering and the Philadelphia cheese itself is far smoother and lighter.
Though it is innocent in taste looking at the nutritional information reveals that just adding a dollop to your sandwich costs you 10% of your daily fat allowance so I can see the appeal in going for the lighter versions.
A 30g serving will provide
Energy: 72Kcal (4% GDA)
Protien: 1.5g (3%)
Carbohydrates: 0.9g (less than 1%)
of which sugars: 0.9g (1%)
Fat: 6.9g (10%)