“ Brand: Bel / Type: Cheese „
Mini Babybel comes in original and light, and more recently also a cheddar flavour. I am reviewing the mini Babybel light which is my preferred Babybel cheese.
These cheeses come in round 20g portions. They come in packs of either 6 or 12. I tend to buy them when they are on offer, 6 will be £1 and a pack of 12 £2. When not on offer they will be slightly more expensive than this.
Babybel is found in the cheese section of supermarkets, usually beside other cheese snack products such as cheese strings and other mini cheeses. Babybels are in a red net packaging.
Each individual Babybel cheese is wrapped in red wax followed by a red cellophane wrapper. They are easy to open. The wax can be moulded into little shapes if you so desire, and I know kids love to do this!
The cheese itself is fairly pale and shiny. It is a mild cheese that I have heard some describe as tasteless. I personally love the mild fast!
Nutritionally a Babybel light provides 42kcals and 2.4g of fat. This makes it a relatively low calorie snack and due to being portioned out, it prevents over eating. One Babybel light also provides 19% of your daily calcium intake.
I tend to eat this as a snack on its own and it always brightens up my packed lunch or a picnic!
Mini Babybel is a range of cheeses which come in original, light, cheddar and a few other varieties.
The Light variety is simpler a lighter version of the original Mini Babybel. It is natural cheese which contains 193ml of milk per cheese giving a healthy 19% of your daily calcium recommendation! They contain no artificial colours or flavourings and are perfectly suitable for vegetarians.
Each cheese comes in round disc form and is covered in a waxy coating. They are then individually wrapped in a red, plastic wrapper with the cheese name and type..in this case Light. The individual cheeses are then popped into a little string bag and tagged up ready to be displayed in shops. They must be kept in the fridge prior to eating.
Each portion of Mini Babybel Light contains 42calories and 2.4g of fat. Each portion is approx 20g in weight.
~~~Availability and Price~~~
The light version come in a pack of 6 and are available down the cheese aisle in supermarkets priced around £1.50 per pack.
I love cheese but whenever I buy it in blocks, I seem to use a little then forget its there which stinks my fridge out and is a waste of money! Recently I have decided to do what my wee Granny does and buy it in miniature form. I usually buy the little, individually wrapped cheese rectangles..just plain cheddar as thats my fave. On a recent trip to Tesco, I spotted Babybel on offer at buy one pack get one pack free. I took advantage and picked up a pack of original and a pack of light Mini Babybel for a total price of £1.45.
The packaging, in my opinion, is a bit excessive though keeps the cheese fresh until I go to eat it. These are the ideal size for lunch boxes and picnics as they don't need to be wrapped up and can simply be placed into your bag or picnic box for a snack whilst out and about. I have used up both packs and have made the decision as to whether I should purchase these again or not!
I'm going to assume by the red wax packaging that these are supposed to resemble edam cheese. Stripping off the plastic cover is a simple task and the little tabs on the wax make stripping open the cheese fairly easy. The light variety smells a little plasticky and has a pale complexion and slightly moist appearance. It is certainly paler than the original and has a firm texture.
Biting into the cheese, it has a squidgy texture which feels rather icky on my tongue. It feels rather wet and although offers some level of taste, it isn't all that appealing. It is rather bland and has a plasticky taste like the wax has rubbed off onto it! Comparing it to the full fat version, it is boring and doesn't tickle my taste buds the way a good cheese should. The full fat version has a good bite to it and offers a pleasant, creamy savoury taste so I suppose on this occasion, the less fat equals less taste.
After finishing one of these in a matter of 2 bites, I feel disatisfied..the aftertaste is rather smoky with a hint of plastic and makes me want to gag. I've used them up as I hate waste but ensured I had something to accompany the cheese and get rid of the taste. Its not even as if you could put this cheese on a sandwich or cracker as its too thick and moist.
These aren't cheap and if it hadn't been for the special offer, I probably wouldn't have bothered with them. I get much more satisfaction from a good piece of cheddar so will happily stick to my little bags of that. These cheeses offer no pleasant taste at all and its simply not appealing to me..perhaps plain enough for children?
Thanks for reading :)
Anyone who truly knows me will be aware that I am a massive cheese fan, and one of my regular quotes is that life isn't worth living without cheese -I'm sure many of you will agree! Cheese is one of those foodstuffs that people love but try to avoid due to the calorie content, which is a shame as it's just so delicious!!
I think I had tried Babybel when I was younger, and wasn't too impressed at the time, as it is a processed cheese and I was more partial to a fine Cheddar or Double Gloucester, so I never really revisited it...until recently! My fitness-freak work colleague / slash / personal nutritional advisor (who I usually listen to unless I've been possessed by the sugar monster) introduced me to Mini Babybel Light, with the holy claim of it being only 40 calories per Bel, and being packed full of protein. And that although it was 'Light' and processed, it wasn't a tasteless milk-based lump. This sounded suspiciously too good to be true, but nonetheless, in the name of love for cheese, I thought I may as well give the little blighters a go.
They come in a pack of either 6 or 12 in a net bag in the cheese section, and are shaped as flat patties of cheese encased in a red thick waxy rind, which is subsequently encased in a plastic wrapper. The red rind has two little flaps which you pull which exposes the cheese so you can squeeze it out and eat it.
Why they are called Mini Babybel, I'm not sure, because as far as I can tell, they are all mini, they don't sell 'regular' Babybel do they? - (would they be giant discs of cheese? Sounds quite scary!?!) Babybel is part of a French group of cheese companies, which includes famous cheese brands such as the Laughing Cow, Leerdammer, Boursin and Port Salut, so it is quite an established and well known firm behind the 'Bels.
The consistency of this cheese is quite different to firm cheeses such as cheddar, and is in the family of cheeses as Dutch Edam (it even looks similar due to the red waxy rind). If you've never tried cheeses like this before, you possibly may not initially like the texture as it is processed, but they are very mild in taste and are not a strong so they are an easy cheese to munch on.
Branding wise, they are quite fun in the way they are packaged and marketed, so they appeal to both children and adults alike. This is definitely not the kind of cheese you would find on a posh cheeseboard, and I'm not sure what the port wine and babybel combination might be like (one to try!) but it sure is a nice little cheese snack!
Price wise, it costs you approx £1.25 for a 6 pack and £2.00 for a 12 pack from Tesco, and sometimes if you're lucky, they'll be on a BOGOF offer. They're still fairly cheap anyway so even if you buy them full price, they are quite affordable.
They make a great snack in between meals, due to having no sugar, and they are low in calories and high in protein. They can be quite addictive, so best to just have one ideally, and leave it at that. I don't think eating a high quantity of cheese is good for the waistline! Taste wise, they are very close to the original Mini Babybel (non-Light version) and are yummy little snacks which you can enjoy anytime you need a quick nibble. I now keep some at work and at home!
My visually impared girlfriend bought these for me on our last shop, having intended to purchase the normal variety. As they were in our house now I took them with me as I normally do in my lunchbox for work.
I didn't think there would be much of a difference but I was suprised. Sadly it wasn't a "wow this is great" but more of a "crikey, what did I just put in my mouth, it tastes weird" response.
The benefits are that is has a good packaging, which is consistant of Babybel. It's about £1.79 for a dozen of these although the prices vary by store, and by the quantity that you but them in as they are also available by the half dozen. It's sealed in a netted bag, which when opened are the indiviual babybels wrapped in plastic and a waxed effect sealing the cheese.
It's also of a good texture and the cheese holds itself together well and doesn't break up. Overall, it's of great producted quality.
For me though, I wasn't too keen on the taste at all. I found it was overly wet in texture and when I put it in my mouth it had an overly chalky effect and it broke up in my mouth in a weird way. I wasn't too keen on this at all. However, this may just be me and I'm just used to the taste of standard Babybel's. Perhaps if you're going to solely but these then you won't have a level of bias against you when you taste them.
For me though it all boils down to the taste, but as this is just me then as an overall picture, it's very well produced and is extremely well packaged. It's in convenient form and is easy to take with you for when you are on your travells. The taste aside it's a great product and is of good producted quality.
There's two things about myself and food that I am very aware of. Firstly I love sweet foods - chocolate, cakes, cream, pick n mix are not allowed in the house as they will not survive! The other is that although I also love cheese I do have far greater self control with it and can last for days without a nibble.
Mini Babybel Light is a product I came across when buying the standard version one day as I normally buy the 'lighter choice' of things like dairy and meats, and is perfect for several reasons:
Firstly it comes in individual portions wrapped in wax and cellophane. I love products that have been individually portioned like this as I can get a definate calorie amount without guessing and measuring. The cellophane could maybe be replaced with just the wax coating with the logo stamped onto it though, just to cut down on the plastic packaging. The plastic string bag the cheeses come in could also maybe be changed to a real string bag to make it more biodegradable.
Secondly I love the fact that each Baybel is only 42 calories with 2.4g of fat! I makes it perfect to add to a lunch box in place of crisps and I would possible even stretch to adding two as the calorie and fat count is so low for cheese.
It is actually pretty adaptable. I have used it in a pasta sauce before to make a basic tinned tomato base more creamy just by melting it in and also cut up and mixed into pasta salad.
Finally, it always reminds me of Christmas! It's a really great little snack and one that I hope will carry on being made for a long time to come!
We all know Babybel, disobediant little cheeses that are either happily bouncing around fields or rolling out of open windows. An ideal snack and great for lunch boxes these little cheeses pack a big taste. At least that was my opinion before i tried the 'light' version of these mini wax covered discs.
For those few who have never heard of Babybel, they are small cheeses about an inch thick and two inches accross. They are snuggly enclosed in a red waxy shell which when opened kind of looks like pac man with a sun burn. They come in a string bag and usually contain either 6 or 12.
I have been a big fan of the regular variety for ages and so i thought nothing of it when reaching for the light version which i found hanging out in my fridge. I unwrapped it tore off a small piece and whacked it in my gob...oh no!!! wheres the flavour gone??? The lights im afraid are not only light in fat but light on taste as well.
They're not unpleasant (they dont have enough flavour to be) they're just a bit on the tasteless side.
On the label they are listed as 'mini'Babybel, which got me wondering (and hoping) that there is a regular sized one of mammoth proportions.
Each 12 pack weighs 240g (each cheese 20g)
Each cheese contains:-
Babybel orignal variety contain around 4g of fat per mini cheese and around 62-63 calories. These, the low fat "light" version, in comparison contain 2.4g of fat and around 42 calories, so there is a difference. The light version also contains an extra 1% of your GDA calcium (18'% compared to 17% with the full fat alternative)- so there are benefits to the light choice.
Also, most supermarkets sell the regular babybel and the light babybel for the same price, so you won't have to pay more for the "healthier" option. As there are only limited uses for this- inclusion in lunchbox, fridge snack, sliced up on a salad.... and you don't really get much cheese for your money, I would buy the light version. The taste is a little blander with the light version, but again, its EDAM which is not the strongest of cheeses to start with.
The fun is (as with all babybel mini cheeses) is the unwrapping of the cheese - they remain, in my opinion more a snack to play with than to take too seriously.
I quite often like a cheese snack and I normally opt for a block of plain cheddar cheese to satisfy my cravings, or thick slices of cheddar on my sandwich with coleslaw! However sometimes the only thing that will do, is a baby bel! One I've tried recently is the babybel Light!
They are sold in all supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco and can be found in the dairy aisle alongside the likes of cheese strings, lunchables and dairy lea dunkers! They also come in different sized packets with different quantities. This is a plus side. You can get them in bags of 12 or in bags of 6. We usually buy the 12 pack though! The pack of 6 costs £1.58 and the 12 pack costs £2.88 however it has been on offer for a while at £2. This is a great saving!
The babybels come in a net packaging which I have always found weird. It has to be ripped to be opened and this can sometimes be a bit of a struggle. Inside the babybels are kept in their red plastic wrapper. These have a sticker on which basically read BABYBEL in large writing. The wrapper can be removed easily enough.
Inside the cheese is in a nice little shape. It is very pale in colour and very smooth. There is no real smell coming off of it at all. Biting in you realise that there isn't really a taste to them. There is a very faint taste of cheese, cheddar, but it isn't strong at all. The texture is very rubbery but also quite crumbly and you have to be careful when eating them. I wasn't overly impressed at all.
One 12g babybel contains 28 calories and 1.5g of fat. Calorie wise this is really quite good but it is a lot of fat for the size of it! It is worth bearing in mind that the mini babybels are a fair bit smaller than the real ones so this is probably why the calorie count is so low.
Having just come back from Tesco Express with some Mini Babybel Light I decided that For my latest review I have chosen to do a review on one of my favourite snacks. I probably first tried this cheese about six or seven years ago and have bought many packs over those years as it is so versatile. That's enough of an intro So here's my review of the Mini Babybel Light cheese.
As you probably know, Original and Light Babybel are made with the hugely popular Dutch Cheese Edam. The cheese is wrapped in a red wax which has two little stripes to peel the wax off. As you peel this red wax off you begin to see the pale yellow cheese. It does not have a strong scent but if you put your nose near it you will get the distinctive edam smell which is one of the nice smelling types of cheese.
Now to the all impotant taste test and I am happy to say that The taste of this cheese is really creamy and is as nice as a lot of the Edam you will find near these smaller options. It is best eaten cold straight from the fridge as that is when you get the best taste. This is one of the best tasting cheeses I have had and I would recommend it to anyone who likes cheese. I prefer the taste of this rather than the Original Babybel.
**What does it go with?**
This cheese is one of the most versatile as It works well with a variety of sandwich fillings aswell as with Pasta and salads. I normally have it as a light snack as it's so easy to eat and is just the right size. I particularly like this cheese in a sandwich or roll with Ham as it goes together very well indeed and even better than most other cheeses do already. This is a very versatile little cheese. I Feel These are more versatile than the original Babybel.
You can find this cheese in packs of six and twelve. The pack of six can be bought for £1.58 which may seem a little expensive compared to other cheeses but you can find it cheaper in a sale quite often and the 12 pack can be bought for around £2.88 but again they can often be found for quite a bit cheaper in various sales or buy one get one free like offers so look around for the best deal if you buy these regularly.
Now we come to the final bit of the review and if the previous sections have not persuaded you then here goes. This is a great little cheese snack and at around only 40 calories per cheese it has far less calories than most cheese. If you have not tried this cheese yet then give it a go especially if you like Edam and are looking for a healthy snack.
The little cheese snack!
I found this to be very conveniant as you can just throw it in your lunchbox, no worries of it sweating or getting crushed as it is protected by it's little waxy jacket! The cheese itself is really nice but I couldn't help feeling that there was a slight after-taste of wax to the product, and this was the downside! I have also tried the original but prefer the light cheese it is just as creamy but obviously, not so much fat or calories!
I like the little net packaging they come in, unusual and sets them out amongst the rest! The adverts were waht drew me to the food, having seen quite a few from daytime to evening, I though let's give it a go! I understand that they now do many variations of the original, with Marmite, Cheddar..these I am yet to try! My verdict: yum!
I must admit that mini Babybel lights are a bit of a guilty pleasure of mine. I became a fan when I was following the Slimming World diet, and thought I would try these as you could have 3 of these little cheeses as one of your healthy options. As a cheese addict, this seemed like a lot of cheese for my precious calories!!
Okay so my love of Babybel has lasted far longer than the diet did, but since then they are a staple for my fridge!! Like original Babybel, they are mini cheese encased in red wax, made by Fromageries Bel in France. They are 100% natural cheese, and have a mild creamy flavour. They are not on par with a chunk of mature cheddar, and are probably only a couple of steps along the food chain from the processed cheese slice, but they are great as a snack.
At 40 calories a cheese they won't break the diet. Each cheese also contains 5 grams of protein, 2.4g of fat (1.6g saturates) 144mg sodium and 170mg of Calcium. This equates to just over 21% of your daily recommended allowance of calcium, which was great for me when I was feeding my little man as I hate milk and was worried about my bones. They are also easy to eat on the go, so became my favourite new mum snack!!!
As well as eating them whole I used them in snacks - 2 of my favourites was in a babybel and ham pitta - nuked for a minute in the microwave, and mini pizzas made with a pitta spread thinly with tomato puree, a ripped up piece of ham, and sliced babybel, grilled until the edges brown and cheese melts - Yummy!!!
The only downside for me is sometimes when you open them the cheese breaks, and then you have to wrestle them out of the wax casing!!
Mini Babybel light are available in 6 and 12 packs in most supermarkets. At the moment the six pack is buy one get one free at Tesco, priced at £1.58
Babybel is the instantly recognisable cheese snack that comes in a wax circle which is wrapped in polythene, once you've removed the polythene there is a tab to peel open the wax casing and then you will see a circle of cheese within. This is a fantastic way to get children interested in eating cheese as for example when my nephew got home from school today he had an apple & then a Babybel as his afternoon snack and this kept him occupied for a good 5-10 minutes with eating and peeling etc and then he was kept full up until his dinner was ready to eat.
The cheese is natural and contains just 42 calories and contains 18% of your guideline recommend daily allowance of calcium as it has 193ml of milk per cheese. It tastes like cheese, it is nothing extraordinary but it has a fairly nice taste to it and is lovely and soft. The outer edge of the cheese is a little shiny and it's lovely when you bite in to it as it breaks away fairly easily. It reminds me of cheese string cheese but it tastes nicer! I am definitely a fan of these and will no doubt find myself pinching another one from the fridge tomorrow.
Babybel & Babybel Light are available for £1.58 from Tesco and are currently on offer buy one get one free, this is a fantastic price and they keep for ages providing they are kept refrigerated and are not opened.
These are a healthy snack and I would definitely recommend them, I will be rating them 4/5 and have knocked off one star because they are slightly waxy inside and the outer edge can break off a little and get stuck to the cheese.
There are very nice when served as part of a 'cheaper' cheese board or with a bbq dip (I love anything with bbq sauce really!).
Mini Babybel is a natural cheese snack that comes in a small circle shape. This makes it the perfect healthy snack for children as, due to its shape, it's a fun way to eat cheese. It's also a great healthy snack for adults and my husband and I are always eating them.
Each single Babybel comes in a red plastic wrapper. When you take this wrapper off there is a red waxy cover which has a tear strip which you pull off. This takes off half the wax and you can pull the other half off to get the full Babybel out. Or you can eat the first half before it's out of the wax which is the way I prefer to eat mine.
They have a light cheesy smell (obviously) and they taste wonderful. I'm not too keen on cheese usually but Babybels have a creamy cheesy taste, not too strong and not too weak, just the perfect taste. The only problem is that, because they're so small, they don't last long enough and I could probably end up eating a few at a time!
The Babybels I'm reviewing are the light ones which is a reduced fat natural cheese and a natural source of calcium (193ml of milk), containing half the fat of Babybel originals. Neither me nor my husband can taste any difference at all between the original and light ones so if you buy the original ones I'd definitely recommend trying the lights as they're much better for you.
You get 6 Mini Babybels (20g each) in every pack which are contained in a soft netting/mesh so the packaging hardly takes up any room in the fridge. Although you have to cut through this to get into the pack and I usually end up clumsily spilling them all out! The normal retail price I find very expensive at around £1.65 per pack but supermarkets often have special offers on where they're reduced to £1 and when I find them at this price I always fill my basket up with loads of packs.
Rubbery cheese? Why is it so good?
Before I tasted babybell I just could not think of anything more disgusting than a small but think circle of rubbery cheese.
When I embarked on a diet which I tried only to allow myself tiny nibbles Babybell suddenly seemed very appitising indeed. I was shocked that I rather liked this weird rubbery cheese invention. I had found a new low calorie nibble ( well, better that a couple of squares of chocolate) which was rather tasty and fun. Thats when I found Babybell light, the taste is not much different from Babybell original its still rubbery and cheesy , in a good way though, although it is a little milder which I actually found to be a good thing.
Immediatly I warmed to Babybell Light as my consience just loves anything with the word 'light' in it. Its also a great snack for kids as my little boy is obviously just as strange as me and likes a little nibble of some rubbery cheese so good way of getting a little calcium into him as only one he does not get much cheese elsewhere in his diet.
Go on , try one, you just might like it!
My daughter has never really been a huge fan of yoghurts, well not for the last few years anyway, so when I make her school packed lunchbox up I do struggle as what to give her.
I of course want a healthy and varied selection of food, though she is a much better eater than my younger son, meaning I can get some well needed nutrients into her through her dinner at home.
As she eats her sandwiches she is insistent on crisps to accompany, with the obligatory drink and a bit of something sweet for "pudding", this left me with a small gap to fill, hence the review that follows.
The product I will now review is - "Mini babybel light"
I have come to the conclusion that both of my children were mice in a previous life, both enjoying a slice of cheese more than anything else, so I decided this was the way to go, lunchbox wise.
As I may have mentioned before I am a complete bargain whore, more often than not buying things simply for the reason that they are on offer or reduced in price. This is how I ended up with this product in my shopping trolley.
The cheese come in packs of 6, well the ones I buy do and come in a simple netted bag. There is a tag at the top that contains all the usual information, this being brand name, product name, contents and weight, best before date and finally that at the moment 6p from every sale of these cheeses gets donated to Comic relief.
To anyone that is not familiar with these cheeses, though I doubt there are many out there I will explain the basic premise to you.
Each cheese is a circle shape, around 1 ½" across and is wrapped individually within it's own bright red wax covering.
Into each wax covering a small strip of paper is set, usually at the front, to remove the cheese you simply peel the strip which goes round ¾ of the cheese then you pop out the cheese and eat. The wax skin can then be thrown away.
I feel that due to the nature of the waxy skin the extra layer of plastic that is the outer wrap is completely unnecessary, but that is my personal opinion.
The cheese itself is a light and creamy colour, almost off yellow and nice and firm to the touch. The smell is noticeable straight away, though not a strong mature cheese scent but more a milky smell.
The taste again is creamy but not over powering, with a gentle yet cheesy taste to it, I would say a little stronger than cheese spread. I was surprised that my daughter enjoys them as much as she does, as my kids have always eaten the strongest mature cheese available, (and of course the one that is on offer that week!). The cheese is a smooth cheese, but still firm enough to nibble and with it being "mini" the ideal size for a child's lunchbox.
The nutritional information is as follows -
1.7g which saturates
As these are light they are the ideal way of getting calcium into your diet whilst trying to lose weight, I only bought them though due to the fact that they were on offer, for a net of 6 it cost me £1.00, this is a reduction of around 60p!
For more information visit - www.minibabybel.co.uk
Thanks for reading x