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      25.02.2014 18:52
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      It's good to be decadent sometimes :)

      Cheese spread is one of those products that can be disappointing depending on what brand you buy - it can be bland, salty and have a weird texture. I do love a bit of cheese spread, and I bought a pot of Seriously Strong Spreadable a few years ago when it came out. It has ruined all other spreads for me and I will only buy this one now!

      Seriously Strong comes in normal or smoked flavours, a 250g pot costs about £2.50 and a 125g pot is around £1.50, although both sizes can often be found on offer. The pot comes with a foil wrapper which you remove and a clip on lid - although I find the lid a bit flimsy and it doesn't always stay on the pot after the initial opening.

      The cheese spread is very thick and dense. The texture is much smoother than spreads such as Philadelphia, which I do like but I find the texture quite grainy. As you can imagine, the taste of this cheese spread is very strong. It's like a mature cheddar but creamy and salty. A little bit goes a long way with it being so strong.

      There is no diet version of this spread so it's full fat or go home! As you would expect from a spread made of cheese mixed with other dairy there are a lot of calories and fat - per 100g there are 304kcal and 26g of fat (of which 18g is saturates) There is also 0.9g of salt. This isn't a healthy product, but it is tasty and everything in moderation!

      I've used this spread in a variety of ways - on bagels, bread, crackers, breadsticks. It always goes down a treat. Apparently you can heat it up and use it as a cheese sauce but I haven't tried this.

      As a product, this is expensive and unhealthy. But it tastes delicious and is a cut above the other spreads on the market. Even when other spreads are on offer, I'll still go for my Seriously Strong to get some taste on my bagel!

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        17.09.2013 16:36

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        Yep I have been a fan of Seriously strong for some time, love the rich cheddary flavour, especially on me hot buttered breakfast crumpet Mmmmm. But `Seriously` cannot understand why Mcllelland have chosen to design a carton which does not have a re sealable lid??? The lid seems to be larger than the carton and therefore once the foil has been peeled back, the lid merely sits on the carton without clipping shut, making the carton less than airtight and requiring the cheese to be consumed rapido. Come on Mcllelland use a bit of `common` and seal it properly!!!

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        03.06.2013 14:19
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        A nice creamy cheese spread but not very strong.

        ===The Product===

        Mc Lelland Seriously Strong.
        Since 1850.
        Spreadable Cheddar cheese.
        Comes in round plastic tube with round lid which has two protrusions to make it easier to open.
        Lid is made to represent a red rosette on a cream background.125 grams.
        Mine has four months of shelf life.
        Keep refrigerated and use within 7 days of opening.
        Ingredients contain 53% Cheddar cheese.
        304 calories per 100 grams.
        Foil sealed.
        Made in France for Lactells Mc Lelland Ltd.
        Suitable for Vegetarians.
        Also comes in 250 gram tubes.
        Made with Seriously Strong extra-mature cheddar.



        ===Varieties===

        As well as the ordinary Seriously Strong Spread they also make:
        Chilli
        Smokey
        Lighter



        ===Cost===

        Currently £1.48 at Tesco but I got it at half price.



        ===My Opinion===

        The website states - 'Made with extra mature cheddar, which combines a subtle balance of tangy and savoury flavours, producing an intense taste beyond other cheese spreads. Ideal to spread onto toast or crackers, or use as a dip.'.
        The tube is narrower at the base than at the top and also has an indentation in the base so it probably seems that you are getting more for the size of the tub than you actually are.
        Well I bought a few of these a while ago as I spotted them when I was browsing the Tesco grocery website and as they were half price they seemed a good bet for some tasty snacks - especially as I was also buying lots of different Ryvita at the same time.
        The little tubs are sturdy and strong and the two little protrusions make it easy to flip off the lid. The cheese spread is protected by a foiled disc which is sealed down. Once removed you need to use the tub within 7 days, which was easy for me to do, even on my own.
        I was a bit unsure when I purchased this that it might have too strong a taste for me, as sometimes cheddar cheese that is too mature is a bit over-strong for me. However I needed have worried as to me I would class this spread as mild.
        It may contain 'Seriously Strong' cheese in it but to me the spread was quite gentle. It had a creamy yellow colour and a faint cheesy smell and the same thick texture as Dairylea. Having the spread in a tub rather than triangles is a benefit really as you then only use what you want, rather than having to use the whole triangle up.
        I used this cheese spread on Ryvita, in wholemeal sandwiches and on crackers and found it mild and reasonably cheesy. For me I was glad that it was not too strong but anyone buying this thinking they would be getting a strong kick of mature cheddar would be mistaken.
        I easily used up a tub within a week and found it a good snack to have in the fridge. It was a bargain at half price but a little more expensive at full price and I may look around for some alternatives.
        I have removed one star as, although nice, it is not Seriously Strong in my opinion.



        ===Star Rating===

        4 stars.



        ===Would I Recommend?===

        Yes.



        ===Website===

        www.mclelland.co.uk
        www.seriouslystrongcheddar.co.uk



        ===Ingredients===

        Cheddar Cheese (53%), Water, Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Emulsifying Salts (E339, E452), Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Nisin), Colour (Beta Carotene).

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        03.06.2012 11:11

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        I am a great fan of the Seriously Strong slabs of chees, loving the strong flavour and the nutty texture, expected at least some similarity here but not the case, bland is the best way to describe it, this together with the deceptive packaging and both the packs I bought (special offer) was full of air pockets so seemed to be half full, I will not be buying again

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        27.03.2012 22:20

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        I like the cheese (the little you actually get once you open the deceptive tub...), but how can any serious Food Manufacturer manage to design a tub that has a bottom which does not actually have any grip on the top... or a top that does not have any grip on the bottom???? I don't know about anybody else, but with 3 kids in the house my fridge can get chaotic at times, and I have had to throw away many tubs of Seriously Strong because I found them later...top off.... dry.... Surely it's not rocket science..... ? I wrote to McLelland (quite difficult, in fact, to trace ownership and contact details), and got NO RESPONSE at all... Oh Well! - I won't buy it again - I shall make do with my Dairy Lee with home-added bits.Thanks McLelland!!

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        22.02.2012 12:07

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        In every single pot of this cheese I have purchased, there have been large air pockets. I don't like paying for air in my cheese spread and I also dislike the way the underneath of the carton is hollowed in. This means the pot is misleading the consumer into thinking there is more cheese in the pot than there actually is. I intend to submit a complaint to the company about this practice. But I can't fault the actual product. It is delicious in a bacon sandwich with mushrooms.

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        13.12.2011 18:36
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        a very tasty cheese spread

        I actually brought this McLelland seriously strong spreadable cheese just to allow me to qualify to use a money off voucher on cheese. I have purchased the seriously cheddar cheese on many occasions as Tesco often have it on a special offer but I had always passed the spreadable cheese by for some reason.

        I paid just £1.00 for a 125g tub of the spreadable cheese. I thought this was fairly good value until I opened it and realised that the tub is actually deceivingly small inside as the bottom has an indent in which makes it appear bigger than it is when it is sat on the supermarket shelve!

        The spreadable cheese comes in a plastic tub which has a lid with two tabs at the top which easily allow you to pull it off. Inside there is a foil seal that again can be easily peeled back with the tab it had sticking out. This allows the cheese spread to stay fresh and you can also make sure that the tub has not been tampered with the first time you open it.

        Now I have been using this cheese spread simply on sandwiches and on crackers but I was quite surprised to see than you can also place it in the microwave in its tub to make it into a hot cheesy dip. I thought this was a great idea and certainly something that I will be trying over the festive season when I have friends and family over. To heat the cheese spread you simply remove the lid and foil, place on a plate and heat in the microwave on full power for between 50 seconds and 1 minute obviously depending on the power of your microwave. Although you need to note the warning on the tub that once heated you should not reheat the spread.

        Overall although disappointed with the size of the tub of cheese spread I was very impressed with the taste. I have always liked diarylea and to me this was like a grown-up's version, it was not quite as strong as I was expecting but it still had quite a deep flavour. This is probably down to the fact that the spread contains 53% cheddar cheese which is a lot more than other cheese spreads I have tried. This also means that you do not have to use a really thick layer of the spread to be able to taste it, which probably somewhat explains the small tubs size. It was also very easy to spread even onto very fresh bread as it did not tear it leaving you with holes in your sandwich. I would certainly buy this cheese spread again and especially now I know it can be heated as a dip too.

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        17.11.2011 22:32
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        not a cheap spread cheese

        I have liked this cheese spread for years even before it became popular. Although I am not keen on the block seriously strong cheese - I find that a bit too strong for every day eating.

        The spreadable costs around £1.25 for a 125g tub.
        The spread is quite thick which I like, and it tastes of cheese; which is what you would expect but a lot of cheese spreads are really mild and tastless. It also smells of cheese when you open the tub and it spreads nicely and is not watery. It is a firm cheese spread.

        This cheese spread is very versatile it can be used on crackers, bread or to dip things in.
        I like to use this when I am cooking a sauce especially if I am making a pasta sauce, although it is very nice in a jacket potato as well.

        Nutritionals per 100g
        Energy 1233kj/298kcal
        Protein 15.5g
        Carbohydrate 1.5g
        Fat 25.5g.

        This spread can be enjoyed by both adults and children. A lot of children don't like strong cheeses but this spread isn't really as strong as a hard cheese would be. A child would just think it was cheesey and a nice smooth spread. My girls love this cheese because it actually tastes like cheese unlike some other cheese spreads (which they also like) that just taste creamy.

        I would recommend this cheese as it is enjoyed by all my family as a spread or when it is used in cooking.

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          11.02.2011 11:51

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          I just adore your Chili Cheese spread. BUT the lids do not fit properly, which means the cheese gets a bit dry around the edges. I now cover the pot with cling film and then put the lid back on.Apart from this little moan, the chili cheese spread is absolutely fantastic, either on hot toast, crackers or added to cheese sauce for making macaroni and cheese.

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          22.12.2010 19:01

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          when this cheese spread first appeared on the market, i gave it a try, and quite liked it, however in the past six months 3 tubs which i purchased from local superstores have not emulsified, and could be poured from the container, one i could have accepted as a blip, but it seems this is a common fault. I have been on the McLelland website and tried to submit a complaint, but have found myself obstructed when submitting the form, they certainly do not make life easy. I am going to vote with my feet and not purchase this product again. I notice it is made in France, that speaks volumes!!!

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          28.05.2010 15:12
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          A strong, tasty and convenient to use spreadable cheese

          I do like a strong bit of cheese on my crackers, in my sandwiches and on my cheese-on-toast.

          Although it is not exactly a difficult job, I really can't stand the process of grating cheese or slicing it up just into the right size for your bread or crackers - especially on those days when you are really starving and really need to get some food in you quickly.

          One of my favourite cheeses is McLelland Seriously Strong Cheese, so I was really pleased to see that you can get this as a cheese spread.

          First thing you need to remember about a cheese spread, is that it is going to have a bit of a false, processed flavour to it. I am sure most of you are aware of this and have kind of grown used to it over the years.

          McLelland's Seriously Strong Spreadable Cheese is just a little different. The seriously stong flavour does move away a little from that processed taste, that you have accepted all these years, simply because it is what was in your lunchbox at school or work.

          This stuff is simple to use. It doesn't clag up in the fridge, and is still easily spreadable.

          I love the idea that this comes in a tub rather those foil wrapped, triangular portions - getting the foil off these is more frustrating than grating normal cheese.

          This comes in a tub - as far as foil is concerned, there is just one peel-back layer, then you can get straight in there with your spreading knife.

          This is seriously tasty, quick and convenient. Recommended!

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            13.05.2010 20:28
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            Worth a try for cheese lovers

            CHEESE SPREAD
            McLELLAND SERIOUSLY STRONG CHEESE SPREAD


            I have just discovered McLelland Seriously Strong Spreadable cheese and I am hooked! I am a big fan of cheese and i think that cheese often "makes" a dish, but I have always struggles to find a cheese spread with any real "bite " to it.
            McLelland was founded in 1850, their company is known as Lactalis McLelland.

            The spread comes in a 125g round plastic pot with a foil lid underneath the plastic one. The pot is mainly red and it has a red rosette on the lid on a cream background with the words :-

            McLelland Serious about cheese since 1850
            SERIOUSLY STRONG SPREADABLE in the centre of the rosette.
            This is repeated on the side along with the nutritional values and ingredients. These are:-

            INGREDIENTS
            Seriously Strong Cheddar Cheese(53%)
            Water
            Butter
            Skimmed Milk Powder
            Emulsifying Salts (E339, E452)
            Preservatives (potassium sorbate, nisin)
            Colour (beta carotene)
            Contains Milk

            NUTRITIONAL VALUES
            PER 100g
            301 calories
            15.5g protein
            1.5g carbohydrate
            1.5g of which sugars- trace
            25.6g fat- of which saturates17.9g
            1g sodium
            1g total salt
            Calcium:-460mg 57%RDA

            When you undo the foil it really does have a strong cheddar smell, its quite thick and firm compared to other cheese spreads but not too thick to spread on your sandwich. The cheese spread tastes just like good strong cheddar, really tangy on the tongue compared to some other cheese spread which tend to be too mild and bland.
            It is suitable for nice crusty bread, crackers and toast (really nice because it melts slightly!) But one of the things I particularly like about this product is the fact that if you remove the foil lid you can microwave the pot and have an instant cheese sauce, cheating I know but after a long day at work its so easy to pour over some pasta, it also makes a really good fondue dip. It makes a very nice sauce lovely and creamy and really cheesy.

            I definatly recommend this product whether its for a cheese spread or a sauce it is lovely.

            ADVANTAGES
            Lovely strong cheddar cheese taste
            Can be microwaved to use as a sauce
            Very versatile

            DISADVANTAGES
            It only comes in one size pot
            It says on the side of the pot that microwave instructions are on the foil lid and when i opened it there was nothing on the foil lid so microwaving is a bit of trial and error.

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              25.04.2010 18:31
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              A very strong cheese spread which is perfect for anyone who loves cheese

              As an absolute cheese addict I go through stacks of the stuff every week!! I couldn't believe how cheesy this product actually tastes!! It is made with real cheddar cheese so I think that's what gives it that edge over other cheese spreads. I buy Seriously Strong when I want a treat and need a really cheesy fix!

              This is one of the best cheese spreads I have ever tasted but I don't buy it very often as it's quite pricey and the container is much smaller than other cheese spreads so it doesn't last very long! The container is only 125g and is currently selling in Tesco for £1.25. The majority of other cheese spreads are 200g so obviously you're getting quite a bit less for your money.

              Unfortunately, the Tesco Extra near to where I live don't always have it in stock and many of the other major supermarkets don't seem to stock it. I find this strange as they seem to carry every other range of cheese spread.

              The only downfall with this cheese spread is that it's quite runny so when spread on hot toast it tends to run onto the plate! I'm not quite sure why McLelland advertise this as spreadable as it's more pourable than spreadable. I've looked at McLelland's website who advertise this product for use in sandwiches, but they also suggest using it as a dip which I'd never thought of.

              However, runny or not - this really makes no difference to me as it does not alter the flavour which is just perfect. The cheese is fantastic in a cheese burger as it is so strong and tasty and compliments the burger perfectly!

              If you're a cheese lover you will not be disappointed with this spread - simply divine!!!

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                10.02.2010 20:57
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                A spreadable chilli cheese that packs a punch

                I think there is a need for me to clarify something here! I entered the chilli cheese spread as a suggested product. Dooyoo did not turn it down, they just said it already existed (under the regular cheese spread). I therefore felt it was acceptable to review the chilli cheese under this heading (I accept my original review did not make this clear, and I apologise if this upset anyone). If I should have done this in a different way, then I am sorry. I am still new.

                Being a big fan of McLelland seriously strong spreadable cheese, I was very excited to see there was a new kid in town in my local supermarket - spreadable cheese with chilli!

                I love McLelland seriously strong cheddar as I like my cheese to be brimming with taste. I discovered the spreadable cheese whilst away on my Hen Weekend in May 2007 - (yes, I know weird, but as I no longer drink, I have to get my kicks elsewhere!). I had, for a number of years been missing the spreadable cheddar - 'Cheddarie' which made a brief appearance on supermarket shelves in the 90's I think. Dairylea, and other soft cheeses didn't cut it, I wanted a spready cheddar!!!

                McLelland was founded in 1850. Archibald McLelland, originally a grain merchant started selling cheese from a stall in Glasgow's fruit market. McLelland is now one of Glasgow's leading cheese brands.

                Now, back to the chilli spreadable cheese. It is housed in the same rounded container in which the regular spreadable cheese lives. These tubs are 125g weight with their cheesy contents. Whilst the regular spread tub has the red/terracotta and cream colours of the McLelland seriously strong cheese, the chilli tub is mostly green in colour apart from the McLelland logo and rosette on the lid.

                On opening my first tub of chilli cheese, I could barely contain my excitement. I love cheese and I love chilli - no need for a Harry Hill 'fight' moment here, as they are both together in perfect harmony!

                I peeled back the protective foil and beheld an orange coloured spread in which I could see little red flecks - evidence of the chilli within!! This spread is far more orange in colour than its regular spread cousin, but smells pretty much the same. Of cheese!

                Now the taste - it is fiery!!! Just a small amount, no larger than a 1p piece is enough to make you gasp! At first, you only taste the cheese spread, but it is soon followed by a great big chilli kick! The first time I ate this, I spread a generous amount on a slice of bread the way I normally would with the plain spread. I have to be honest, it was a bit too hot! I like hot, but had not expected this. As everyone has a different idea of what 'hot' is, I will try and place myself on the hot scale. I have never eaten a vindaloo, and neither do I want to! I find korma is not strong enough, and I am usually happy with a bhoona or similar. If something is marked 2 chillis, I am usually ok with it. 3 are too many and 1 is not enough. I love Thai red and green curries, but if something just tastes of hot, I don't really enjoy the experience.

                I hope that helps to give an idea of the spice factor of this cheese. It doesn't hold back so is not for the faint hearted!

                As it is on the spicy side, it is an ideal sandwich ingredient. I tend to have with some ham, and salad. Whilst I do like this cheese spread, the predominant taste is chilli. It tends to take over so you don't really get to taste the cheesiness of the spread for long. This is not a problem I feel as if it is cheesy you want you can buy the normal spread and if you are a chilli fan you will probably like how spicy it is!

                As for nutritional content, it is exactly the same as the regular spread with 1248j / 301kcal per 100g. No surprise it is high in fat 25.6g, 17.9g of which is saturated. It is however high in calcium, so that is the good news!!

                This is my first food review, and I don't feel my talents lie here in particular but I felt it important to try and move away from baby related products! I hope you get the chilli cheesy picture.

                Thanks for reading.

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                  14.01.2010 13:53
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                  I didn't like this

                  Based on a review on this site, I recently purchased a pot of McLelland Seriously Strong Spreadable Cheese. I'm always looking for something unusual and easy to spread for my packed lunches, and this looked ideal. Since I do like Seriously Strong Cheddar, I thought I was almost certain to like this spread. Unfortunately, I was disappointed.

                  This cheese comes in a lovely bright red tub that stands out from the shelf and made me want to pick it up. It's stored in the refrigerated area of shops near the blocks of cheddar and it's sold in most places so is quite easy to find.

                  At the moment it's on offer at Tesco for 2 for £2, but usually costs around £1.20 for a 125 gram tub. This is enough to make 6-7 sandwiches in my estimation so it's quite a good bargain for a sandwich filling, working out to less than 20p per sandwich.

                  To eat this, I just spread it on a plain white sandwich roll and then packed it in my lunch to take to work. I didn't add any salad or anything to the sandwich but you could certainly do so if you wanted. The sandwich sat in a plastic bag on my desk for around 4 hours before I ate it and it tasted just fine without being refrigerated for that amount of time.

                  However, I personally didn't enjoy the taste of this cheese. It tastes processed and fake to me and doesn't resemble the high quality cheddar that I have come to expect from McLelland. Basically, this didn't taste much like cheese to me but more like a thick mayonnaise. This is strange because looking at the ingredients list it does contain 50% cheddar cheese along with other ingredients like butter and skimmed milk powder which shouldn't be too bad. But this just didn't taste good to me and I felt like I was eating something very over-processed and unnatural.

                  Having grown up in the USA in the 70s, I am very familiar with a product we refer to as "spray cheese". This is also known as Easy Cheese and comes in a spray can so that you can just squirt it onto crackers, bread or what have you. This cheese is about on the same level as Spam in terms of convenience foods that I think are quite humourous and not very tasty. Well, this cheddar spread tastes just about exactly like spray cheese did.

                  Having said all of that, I do know other people who like this cheese including my boyfriend who says it tastes just fine to him. That's great, he'll be getting the rest of the pot on his sandwiches as I don't want anymore myself.

                  I would say if you don't mind processed foods you'll probably like this cheese, or maybe it's just me as I suppose I prefer my cheese to be 100% cheese. I'm quite surprised that this product comes from France as I wouldn't have expected them to make something that doesn't taste like real cheese!

                  This cheese has 198 calories per 100 grams which isn't so bad, as it works out to about 50 calories per sandwich if you make just 5 sandwiches from a pot of this stuff. So that might be an incentive to buy this, but it just isn't enough of one for me to purchase this again.

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